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Sweeping Away Winter Weather

It is a cold hard fact that winter can be much less than ideal. The bitter cold, sleet, snow and ice can provide a multitude of potential hazards for drivers. Asphalt CPM can help with regular sweeping services.

Plowing snow, and the application of rock salt, brine and other pre-treatment options for ice are crucial in creating safer road conditions for drivers. Unfortunately, these measures also weaken asphalt over time. As a municipal official, construction manager, property manager, or other decision maker, how do you address parking lot and street maintenance after winter weather? The answer is sweeping services. There are lots of reasons to sweep after bursts of winter weather. These include:

Durability & Longevity

Regular sweeping services ensure the long term durability, viability and longevity of paved surfaces after winter weather exacts its toll. Sweeping services can help protect the longevity of asphalt after a long winter of inclement weather. The sweepers we use spray water on the roadway to ensure particulates are swept from the road surface completely by the brushes. Don’t wait for spring to schedule sweeping services. The most effective approach to ensure pavement longevity is to proactively sweep after each and every winter event to minimize damage.

Impacts To The Environment

Sweeping leads to a longer serviceable lifespan for your pavement. But did you know that sweeping also has a positive environmental impact? Sweepers are able to remove road salt and other pollutants before they are washed into storm drains, which keeps those harmful elements out of waterways. This protects our watersheds from the negative impacts to fish and wildlife of sudden spikes in water salinity.

It Just Looks Better

Winter weather is drab and dull. When surfaces aren’t white with snow, they appear dull and grey. Cloudy skies and salt stained roads all contribute to this blah feeling. You can’t do anything to change the winter weather, but you can certainly improve the appearance of your paved surfaces post-winter weather by sweeping. Aesthetics do make a difference in how your business is perceived.

Enhanced Value

Regular sweeping will greatly enhance the appearance of a business with a parking lot. Should you decide to sell, a potential buyer is not going to want to incur the expense of repaving or repairing cracks a neglected lot. Future buyers are not going to want to budget for repaving or repair in a parking lot when they are already incurring the cost of a purchase. A regular maintenance schedule helps ensure an easier future sale.

Call or click Asphalt Commercial Property Maintenance today to learn more about how our regular pavement sweeping services could impact your paved surfaces for the better.

Winter Parking Lot Sweeping In North Carolina

Winter is not the time to do anything outdoors when you live in North Carolina. That said, parking lot sweeping in North Carolina  is something of an exception.

Here are three reasons why.

Street Sweeping Helps Improve Lot Safety

First and foremost, sweeping your lot year round improves safety conditions for you, your employees and visitors to your property. Winter storms have a definite tendency to drop branches on paved surfaces and pour down cold rain that brings oils up from the asphalt. By removing those obstructions, along with litter and and debris, your sweeping service helps keep the lot outside your commercial property clean and safe.

Distinguish Yourself From The Competition

With a clean, attractice lot, why would potential customers stay away? Actually, customers do care a great deal about appearances, as they care about ease of parking and clearly visible markings. Asphalt Commercial Property Maintenance can help with all three of these issues by clearing debris out of your driving and parking areas, pressure washing surfaces to clear away ground-in grime and old paint, and then striping your lot with fresh, reflective high-visibility markings. The effect of these actions is to create a pleasant, clean-looking space where people want to shop. This effect is magnified if you have similar competing businesses nearby with dingy, branch-strewn lots that contrast negatively with the attractive cleanliness of your own professionally maintained lot. 

Save Yourself Trouble When Spring Arrives

The essential act of parking lot sweeping is the sweeping, which powers off old dirt and grease. Frequent power washes also help address larger problems before they begin, or at least before they get worse. A pile of dropped leaves, for instance, starts out as a loose heap, but as cars and pedestrians’ feet repeatedly crush the pile, those leaves can get compacted and release their oils. In the rain, this tannin seeps into the cracks in the pavement and speeds the process of erosion on the asphalt or concrete. Just as letting cobwebs accumulate on your building’s exterior causes a faster accumulation of grime and dirt, so letting waste pile up in your lot during the winter months makes it harder to sweep away in spring.

Winter is not the best time to go outdoors- and it may not feel like the right time to do any kind of cleaning or maintenance to your property. Waste and potential safety hazards are still accumulating all winter long, however, and some types of debris pile up faster in the cold and rainy months than at any other time. To learn more about what a professional parking lot sweeping and commercial cleaning in winter can do to help your commercial property, contact Asphalt Commercial Property Maintenance for a phone consultation with our trained staff today.