Your parking lot is important for any business primarily because it provides a spot for customers to leave their vehicles. But other than that, there are other reasons to keep your parking lot in good repair. Having issues with yours can affect your business in different ways, all of which can get in the way of your normal operations.
Creates good first impression
In a way, a parking lot is the first impression many people will have of your business. How well the parking lot and the rest of your premises are maintained can speak volumes about how much care you have for your business. Keeping the parking lot in bad repair can be taken the wrong way by customers and clients as it shows a lack of care for the convenience of those who need to park.
Prevents damage to vehicles
Potholes and other damage to your parking lots can cause damage to any cars that pass by. This is more serious than just surprising bumps as deep enough potholes can damage a car’s suspension or warp tires badly enough for them to be replaced. You can avoid all the difficulty of repairing cars individually by repairing your parking lot, which fixes the problem at its source.
It is also possible for pedestrians walking through your parking lot to injure themselves by tripping over them. Some potholes can be small enough to avoid notice by pedestrians until they trip over them. At the least, pedestrians might sprain their ankles, but if the angle of the fall is awkward enough, injury to other parts of the body is also possible. People alighting from cars can also stumble over potholes if they get out and fail to notice them.
In case of damage or injury on your property (like your parking lot), you could be held liable for it. As the parking lot is part of your premises, its maintenance is your responsibility. If the bad repair of your parking lot causes any injury, then you could be sued and forced to pay for reparations. Aside from the payment to the injured party and the negative publicity, you will also have to have the parking lot repaired to avoid similar events in the future.
Damage to a parking lot can also create bottlenecks as drivers try to go around it. This takes up some of the limited space in your parking lot as cars find other ways around the potholes. At its worst, this can cause cars to form a bottleneck in the parking lot as there are only a limited number of routes. If your business is a busy one, this can cause unnecessary inconvenience for your customers.
Saves cost on replacement
Replacing pavement is always more expensive and time-consuming than repairs. For parking lots and other kinds of pavement, replacement involves tearing up the existing pavement and laying new pavement in its place. If you need to have your parking lot repaired, you will be forced to pay for the repairs and deal with the reduced capacity of your parking lot until repairs have been completed. At worst, the entire parking lot might be closed off for the replacement.
Stops further damage
Damage, like cracks and potholes, can damage to the existing asphalt. Potholes form when water seeps into your parking lot and freezes underneath. This causes the water to expand, and when it melts, it leaves weak spots that can be filled with more water. If the damage is bad enough, the weight of cars can cause part of the parking lot to collapse. The damage can progress even further, possibly reaching beneath the parking lot and hitting pipes or other structures below.
Getting repairs for your parking lot can be done by a paving company, and if you are in the area, you can get repairs for your parking lot by Fort York Paving, for example.