The parking lot for your business is more important than you may realize. It can make a crucial first impression on customers while contributing to curb appeal and property values. It can also be a source liability if you don’t keep it up and damage like potholes or cracks ends up causing an accident.
Well-paved parking lots can last for decades. So, it’s not always easy to tell when yours may need to be repaved. To help you figure that out, here are the most common red flags to keep an eye out for.
The lifespan of your parking lot can depend on its water drainage system. If the parking lot wasn’t properly constructed to have sufficient drainage—or if those water management systems just aren’t cutting it anymore—water will stay in your parking lot. And that can erode the soil beneath the paved lot, causing problems like buckling, cave-ins, and cracking.
This type of damage isn’t just an eyesore. It can also make your parking lot more vulnerable to additional damage. Water can get and stay in pavement cracks, and fading can be a sign that a lot needs fresh sealcoating.
How well do the edges of your parking lot integrate with the surrounding concrete or pavement? Paved lots that are in good shape will have a seamless integration. If the edges are uneven or cracking, you could have areas where people may easily trip and fall, which is never good for a business.
Striping divides the parking lot space, setting clear paths for traffic and defined spots for parking. If lots don’t have any striping or if this striping is so faded that it’s difficult to see (during the day or night), you could, again, be looking at some serious liability—and don’t be surprised if accidents happen.
Does your parking lot have the appropriate number of handicapped spaces? Are those spaces correctly placed? What about crosswalks and loading zones? All of these accessibility points have to comply with state and/or local laws. For example, if your lot has 26 to 50 parking spots, it must also have at least 2 handicap spots.
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