If you are an asphalt contractor, you know that customers are often surprised to find damage to their parking lots once the snow melts. Whether customers have faded pavement markings or scrapes from snow plows, it’s important you know what to expect so you can stock up on the right asphalt maintenance supplies before spring. For information on where to get the best asphalt maintenance products, call a sealcoat supply company near you.

Asphalt Cracks and Potholes

Since asphalt expands and contracts with fluctuating temperatures, you can expect a lot of calls next spring about asphalt cracks and potholes. In cold weather, asphalt contracts and can cause permanent damage if not repaired first thing in the spring. Spring is also the perfect time to talk to your customers about how they can prevent future damage to their asphalt parking lots and driveways.

We recommend speaking with your customers about how repairing potholes as soon as possible prevents water from penetrating the foundation and causing permanent damage. You may also want to recommend asphalt sealcoating once repairs are done to prevent further damage. Sealcoating protects asphalt surfaces from rain, snow, sleet, automobile fluids, and UV rays.

The more your customers know about the benefits of asphalt maintenance, the more likely they are to become repeat customers. For example, customers should feel encouraged to schedule asphalt repairs as soon as they notice cracks and potholes.

Scrapes from Snow Plows

Snow plow blades are supposed to be set high enough to prevent them from scraping asphalt parking lots. Unfortunately, all it takes is one rookie driver to scrape the surfaces of parking lots. Usually snow plow damage to parking lots is superficial and can be repaired with another coat of asphalt sealant in the spring. While most scrapes only remove the sealant, you may need asphalt crack filler for gouges deeper than 1 inch.

Faded Pavement Markings

Commercial property owners will need to keep parking lots clear of snow and ice to avoid being liable for slips and falls. While hot-mix asphalt withstands salt, pavement markings aren’t so lucky. Many of your customers may find that they need to redo their pavement markings so their parking lots can continue being safe places for cars and pedestrians. For this reason, you’ll want to make sure you have the pavement marking stencils and line striping products you need before spring.

Once outside temperatures become warm enough for hot-mix asphalt paving, you’ll have plenty of calls from customers about repairs. Make sure that you are ready for spring by stocking up on any products you may need. An asphalt product supplier should have everything you need to make your next contracting job a success.

B&E Seal Coat Products Inc. is a Grand Rapids asphalt supplier dedicated to helping contractors find the right supplies for the next job. If you are interested in browsing our asphalt paving and sealcoating supplies, or have any questions, give us a call at (616) 608-6169.