3 Tips to Better Parking Lot Maintenance During Snowy Weather

Having a parking lot is essential for running a business. If it's inconvenient for your customers or clients to park nearby, they're probably going to bring their business elsewhere. Although having a parking lot is important and good for business, it's also your responsibility to keep the parking lot in good condition. If you don't want to shell out thousands upon thousands of dollars on repairs, you'll need to be diligent in maintaining your parking lot, especially during snowy weather. These 3 tips can help you get started.

Use Alternatives for Salt

A key to keeping your parking lot in good shape is getting rid of the snow as soon as it hits the surface of the parking lot. The best way of melting the snow with little effort on your part is to sprinkle salt everywhere. Salt will not only melt the snow, but will also prevent it from becoming ice. An icy surface can cause slip and fall accidents and more car accidents. Although salt is a popular choice, the chloride in regular salt, or sodium chloride, will erode concrete and asphalt surfaces, and cause pits to form.

Instead of using salt, use other alternatives like magnesium chloride or potassium chloride instead.

Remove Litter, Rocks and Debris Before the Snow Plower Arrives

Instead of shoveling snow from heavy snowfall, most business owners will generally want to get the job done quickly with a snow plower. Some cities will even provide the snow plowing services for your parking lot free of charge.

With that said, a snow plower can cause significant damage to your parking lot, especially if it is driven by an inexperienced driver. The snow plower can run over loose objects and ultimately crack the asphalt or the concrete. To protect your parking lot, regularly remove litter, rocks and other loose debris from the parking lot before the snow plower arrives.

Fill in the Cracks Before Snow Falls

As you know, ice expands. When the snow melts, the water will fill into any cracks or crevices that might be present on the parking lot surface. As the water freezes into ice, the ice will expand and will further crack open the parking lot surface. When the weather starts to get cold and you know you'll be expecting snow soon, get these cracks filled in as soon as possible. You don't want to give them the opportunity to progressively become a larger and larger problem.

If you do your due diligence in maintaining the parking lot, it will last a long time. You'll be able to shell out less money on repairs and you won't have to perform as much upkeep to keep the parking lot in good shape. To learn more, contact services like B & D Striping, LLC.