parking lot makes a first impression on customers. Although the paved surface should last around 20 to 30 years even with constant traffic, you must stay on top of maintenance to keep it attractive and welcoming. Here are a few tips for keeping your lot in top condition.

How to Care for Your Parking Lot

1. Clean Regularly

Dirt, tree branches, and leaves block the drainage channels that paving contractors build into asphalt during installation. Rainwater that can’t escape pools on the surface, eventually degrading the pavement and seeping into the foundation.

Water penetration can cause potholes and unsightly cracks over time, so have your team sweep the lot at least once or twice a week.

2. Schedule Sealcoating

parking lotSealcoating should be a regular part of asphalt maintenance. The treatment creates a watertight barrier over the asphalt and protects against ultraviolet (UV) rays, extending the life span of the material. As a bonus, it gives the surface a beautiful black color, making it look new.

Have the parking lot sealcoated every two to three years. If your business receives high levels of traffic, a contractor may recommend scheduling the service every year.

3. Address Damage Immediately

Cracks can appear even if you follow the steps above, especially after the spring thaw. Damage can spread as moisture contracts and expands beneath the surface, compromising the top layer's structural integrity.

Fortunately, contractors can restore cracked areas through simple patches, preventing larger potholes from developing. By securing prompt service, you create safe conditions for pedestrians and vehicles.


Since 1969, business owners throughout Middletown, NY, have relied on James Young Paving to keep their parking lots pristine. They strive to exceed your expectations, going above and beyond to educate customers and provide high-quality results. Their technicians are fully licensed, insured, and bonded. Visit their website for more on their commercial paving services, or call (845) 692-6998 to discuss a project and request an estimate.