If your business has a car park and you’re responsible for its upkeep, it’s important to make sure you stay on top of repairs. Not just for your customers, but also for your employees and to make a good first impression on anyone who visits. Car parks that are in disrepair can lead to unhappy customers or employees if their car is damaged due to a car park that is poorly maintained.
Here are some signs that you need car park repairs.
Cracks are one of the top signs that you need car park repairs. Over time, cracks can form in both asphalt and concrete surfaces, but some things can exacerbate the cracks such as oil, petrol and de-icing salt. Over the winter time, water can seep into the cracks and freeze, making the cracks bigger.
Check how wide the cracks are and monitor them regularly. Car park repairs can occasionally fix cracks, however, you may need car park resurfacing if the cracks are too bad.
When the ground underneath expands and contracts, the surface begins to weaken and crack. As traffic continues over the weak spot, the material can break down and develop into a pothole. Potholes are quite common in car parks and can sometimes be repaired. However, if the damage is too bad, the car park may need to be resurfaced.
Drainage is important and affects the lifespan of your car park If you notice water pooling in certain areas or large amounts of puddles, this may be a sign that there is an issue with your drainage. It’s important to fix the issue before it gets worse and this may include adjusting the slope, adding curbing to help direct the flow of water or adding inlets to provide a place for the water to go.
One easily noticeable sign is that your car park is beginning to look weathered. The sun’s UV rays penetrate over time and start oxidising the surface. This is often cosmetic and can be fixed with a case seal coating but oxidisation can also weaken the car park, meaning you’ll need repairs or resurfacing.