Did you know that upwards of 90% of parking lots use asphalt pavement? A well-maintained parking lot can add value to a commercial building, but when the parking lot is in disrepair, it can negatively affect both business and its customers. It’s therefore important that the lot be repaired and kept up to code at all times.

There are a few mistakes that owners need to avoid when it comes to commercial parking lot repair. Here are a few to avoid.

Mistake #1: Picking the Wrong Contractor

Not all contractors are qualified to do commercial parking lot repairs. Generally, it’s best to hire an experienced contractor in both parking lot repair and restoration work. Necessary experience is gained over time and through training. A professional contractor will know what types of products will work best for different climates and seasons. They will also be able to handle minor repairs as well as major reconstruction.

Mistake #2: Using the Wrong Products

Using cheap, low-quality materials can cause more harm than good. If you plan on using a contractor to repair your parking lot, be sure to ask them what types of products they recommend and insist on specific grades or brands for the best results. Using the wrong product increases the chances that your repairs will fail quickly.

Mistake #3: Attempting DIY Repairs

Not all parking lot problems are big enough to warrant complete commercial restoration. If your parking lot only has a few cracks or chipped areas, it can be tempting to attempt DIY repairs. Unfortunately, you neither have the expertise nor the tools needed to make repairs like these on your own.

Mistake #4: Skimping on Sealcoating

If you’re planning to spend money on a commercial parking lot repair, consider investing in a seal coat at the same time. It’s one of the fastest ways to extend the life of your asphalt by preventing water penetration and slowing oxidation rates (which cause cracking). If you put off sealing your pavement until next year, chances are good that damage will already be done.

Mistake #5: Leaving Drainage Issues Unresolved

Water that pools on your asphalt is one of the most destructive forces it can encounter. Not only does this create unsightly puddles, but it also results in weakened structure and rutting. There is an easy solution: Address drainage issues by adding in new storm drains, repairing old ones, and grading the surrounding areas with slight inclines to carry water away from your asphalt.

While there are several mistakes you can make when repairing your parking lot, avoiding these five, in particular, will give you the best chance of keeping it functional and attractive for years to come.