When your customers pull into your parking lot, what do they think? You want to provide them a great first impression, but an ugly parking lot full of potholes and cracks can hinder that plan. Just like any other part of your business, you have to maintain it in order to keep it looking attractive. It is not uncommon for asphalt to incur problems over time. With the weight of vehicles and the difference in weather conditions throughout the years, your parking lot can go through quite a bit. In order to keep it looking great, here are some tips to help you step up your game and avoid having your parking lot be an eye sore to your customers. 

Remove the Unwanted Weeds

Sure a weed is not a big deal in a big parking lot, right? Well one weed can turn into much more over time if it is not taken care of. In fact, weeds can actually cause cracks to form in the asphalt. As a weed pokes its head through the ground, the root will often push through the asphalt and cause a larger cracker over time. To help avoid this altogether, you want to combat weeds as soon as you see them. Spraying a weed killer on the weed only takes a few minutes if you catch them right when they begin to pop up. 

Sweep Your Lot Often

While sweeping your parking lot can help keep it clean from litter and debris, it can also help extend the life of your asphalt much longer. If you choose not to keep your lot swept, then the debris that forms in the lot can cause some major drainage problems. Over time, you can end up getting a considerable amount of pooling in certain areas of the lot. As the water pools and sits there, it can creep into the sub base of the asphalt. This will then start to soften the asphalt and cause additional issues. Oftentimes, potholes and cracks will form easier when the sub base has softened. 

Sealcoat Your Parking Lot

If you really want to protect your parking lot from deteriorating, you may want to try sealcoating it. Experts suggest sealcoating your lot about every two years. This will help add a protective layer over the asphalt. Being able to stop weather damage and prevent oxidation are just a couple of the things that sealcoating can do for your asphalt Santa Fe.