If you own a business with your own parking lot, you probably realize that having a clean, attractive place for parking is important to how people view your business. In other words, your parking lot gives your customers their first impression, positive or negative. Have you taken a good look at your parking lot lately? Here are six “red flags” that may indicate it’s time to pave your parking lot.

1. Cracks
One of the most common signs that your parking lot needs to be repaved is noticing cracks. Cracks in the pavement are the result of aging and exposure to the elements. Beyond the unsightly appearance, cracks in your pavement can be hazardous. When ignored, pavement cracks can grow larger and significantly compromise the structure of your lot. It’s critical that you have them repaired as soon as possible.

2. Potholes
Another common sign is the appearance of potholes. Not only are they unsightly, but potholes can also easily damage vehicles the enter your parking lot. If not corrected, you could find yourself paying for any damages. The best way to deal with potholes is to repave your parking lot so it’s safe for both your customers and employees.

3. Dents and Divots
Inspect your lot for dents and divots. These are depressions usually the result of heavy vehicles, such as tow trucks and trailers. Not only can these dents and divots pool water, but they can also be a potential tripping hazard for your customers. It’s important to fix them as soon as you notice these problems.

4. Uneven Surface
An uneven parking lot surface is most noticeable seen during or soon after a rainfall. A heavy amount of rain will often create large puddles making it difficult for your customers to avoid when entering your business. We’ve all seen them and at times had to walk through them. This can have a real negative impact on how your customers view your business. The best solution for this issue is to have your parking lot repaved.

5. Fading Parking Stripes
Another sign that your parking lot may need work is if you notice that parking stripes are faded and have become harder to see. This condition usually stems from exposure to harsh UV sunlight that beats down on the pavement. Faded parking stripes can make it difficult for your customers and employees to park and in extreme cases can even lead to accidents. A paving specialist at Western States Sealcoating and Striping can easily restore your parking lot to its original state with new bright and visible paint stripes.