One of the biggest issues customers face is knowing how to maintain their parking lots. In this brief article, we show you what to look for and how to conduct some simple tests that will quickly reveal whether you need your lot re-sealed, re-striped or crack-filled.

Unsealed, unstriped, no pavement markings. If your parking lot looks like this, it’s time for seal coating, line striping, and crack filling!

Knowing Your Lot: How to know if your lot needs to be sealed, striped or crack filled?

One of the biggest issues customers face is knowing how to maintain their parking lots. One thing is true: they do not manage themselves.

We don’t expect you to be an expert on your parking lot: that’s our job at Precision Striping and Lot Restorations. However, you can know your lot well enough to know when you need to give us a call — before problem areas become costly to repair.

In this simple guide, we show you what to look for and how to conduct two simple tests that quickly reveal the state of your parking lot and what steps to take.

To paraphrase Investopedia, there are many things that can increase the curb appeal of a piece of property, including a new paint job and landscaping. And while curb appeal is not as easily measured as square footage, it plays an important role.

Let’s take a look at the primary services that keep your parking lot in tip-top shape and contribute to curb appeal for your customers.

Finishing touches at downtown Raleigh location include handicap parking stencil

Quick Definitions
Seal Coating: Adhesive applied to asphalt pavements
Line Striping: Pavement Marking service applied with pressure to an asphalt or concrete surface
Crack Filling: Hot or cold pour formula designed to fill cracks and keep water out
(For a more in-depth understanding of each service, visit our Services page.)

How do you know its time to seal coat your lot?
Sealing your parking lot is the best way to protect it. The key is oxidation! The elements are the biggest factor in destroying the life of your parking lot. Along with the natural elements, the amount of traffic across your parking lot contributes significantly to the wear and tear on the lot.

Two Super-Quick Tests
Cracks in parking lot asphalt can become a hazard to patrons

Eye Test
If your lot looks grey or even pale, faded black that’s a good sign its time to reseal your lot. The rule of thumb is every two to three years.

How often you reseal will also depend on the amount of traffic your lot receives.

Hand Test
So now we know how to do an eye test; next is the hand test.

Rub your hand on the pavement. Does it seem rough, uneven, or damaged? Remember, oxidation is destroying your lot every day. Take care of it.

Not sure of what you’re seeing (or feeling) when you conduct these two simple tests? You can snap a picture and text it to us at (919) 616-3611 for a quick response. We can always drop by and look at the lot for you.

Take a tour of potential problem areas
There are other ways to identify problem areas in your parking lots and a number of problem areas to be identified. We have put together a photo gallery of some of the problem areas parking lot owners encounter.

Remember, know your lot and take care of it!