Your Summertime Asphalt Maintenance Checklist

Now that summer has finally arrived – along with the heat – it’s time to think about how it affects some of the things around your property. For example, now is the perfect time to take care of some much-needed maintenance on your asphalt surfaces. Here at SMI Paving, we recommend that facilities managers focus on commerical asphalt maintenance at the start of every season in order to keep things in good condition all year long. Today, we’d like to share our summertime asphalt maintenance checklist:

  • Look at the asphalt’s color – Walk around your parking lot, driveways, roads, and other asphalt surfaces. Take note of its color. Does it look dull or have a lighter gray look? How about any markings like parking lot striping? Is the paint faded and hard to see? It could be time for you to repave, sealcoat, or restripe these areas.
  • Inspect for cracking and crumbling – Inspect these paved area for signs of cracking, crumbling, and other damage. Loose rocks are a frequent indicator of a problem. If you don’t address these areas, you could find your pavement full of potholes.
  • Locate and fix potholes – Speaking of potholes, now’s the time to get them fixed. Potholes are well-known hazards. Ignoring them will only make them get worse – and more expensive to fix.

Does your commercial property in North Carolina or South Carolina need asphalt repairs? Help it last through the hot summer season by contacting SMI Paving today. We can help you with asphalt maintenance, repairs, repaving, and more. Get a free estimate today!

3 Ways to Remove Parking Lot Striping

Quality parking lot striping is essential for safety in and around your building. While regular maintenance can help these markings last, eventually you will need to have them repainted on your asphalt or concrete. How will your old striping be removed? SMI Paving wants to tell you about three of the main ways contractors remove outdated parking lot striping:

  1. Scarifying – A machine uses a rotating wheel made of metal blades to remove parking lot striping. While efficient for removing striping, it leaves behind a rough finish. Consider carefully where you’ll use this technique, avoiding areas where you want your parking lot to be attractive.
  2. Disc grinding – This method uses a grinding wheel to remove markings. The wheel may contain diamonds. While this is generally a lengthy process, disc grinding provides parking lot owners with a nice, smooth finish once the process is completed.
  3. Water blasting – Water blasting uses machines that direct high-pressured amounts of water towards your striping. This method provides sufficient results with minimal damage to the pavement.

Not sure which technique would be best for your upcoming parking lot maintenance? Fortunately, you don’t have to decide on your own. Hire SMI to handle everything related to striping a parking lot on your property. We’re professional, experienced, and will take care of your parking lot like we would our own. Get a free estimate today!