As a business owner, you are going to want to keep your parking lot in nice condition. Keeping your parking lot in good condition will help increase the curb appeal of your business and will help keep your insurance premiums reasonable. As a business owner, there are a few things you need to understand about potholes.
Potholes Drive Down the Curb Appeal of Your Business
Potholes can decrease the curb appeal of your business, and the curb appeal of your business is important. Potential customers may decide not to come into your store because your parking lot doesn't look taken care of or because the outside of your business looks run down.
Having the outside of your business look nice, from the parking lot to the paint on the side of your building, can help attract customers.
Potholes Impact the Safety of Your Business
Next, potholes can impact the safety of your business. If your parking lot is littered with potholes, the potholes could damage delivery trucks and customer vehicles.
Additionally, people could get injured walking through your parking lot, tripping, and falling in a pothole. This can result in lawsuits, which can drive up your insurance and potentially put you out of business.
Potholes Degrade Your Pavement
Potholes are not just visually unappealing; they damage the integrity of your pavement.
Potholes create craters in the substrate of the asphalt, which can lead to further distress and damage to your parking lot, ruining your paving job at the substrate level, which can require extensive work to repair. Cracks are easy to patch; large potholes are not as easy to patch and require a lot more work from a commercial paving contractor to fix.
Potholes Can Be Prevented With Maintenance
Finally, it is important to remember that you can take care of your parking lot long before potholes ever have a chance to develop. You can have the commercial paving contractor you hire to install your parking lot come out once a year to inspect and repair your parking lot.
Fixing issues when they are small will extend the life of your parking lot. Investing in preventative maintenance is a lot more affordable than replacing your parking lot at a fast rate.
If you own a business, you need to be aware that not only are potholes unsightly, they make your parking lot unsafe, which can cost you. Potholes also degrade your parking lot. Luckily, you can work with a paving contractor to take steps to prevent potholes in your parking lot.
For more information about commercial parking lot paving, contact a local contractor such as one from Custom Paved Driveways.