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Tips To Help You Maintain The Exterior Of Your Business Building To Ensure It Looks Its Best

As a business owner, it is important to keep the exterior of your business in good repair and maintained. This can include maintaining the building's physical exterior, the landscaping, and the parking lot. Each customer that visits your business can judge your business by its physical exterior condition. Here are some tips to help you keep your business exterior looking its best.

Maintain the Pavement

Most parking lots are surfaced with an asphalt pavement made of tar emulsion combined with aggregate, or gravel. As the sun and weather's natural elements cause your pavement to dry out, oxidize, and crack apart, it is important to keep it repaired. This helps keeps its appearance well-maintained and also extends its lifetime. Asphalt that is allowed to dry out will crack apart, which leads to vegetation growth within the cracks, and leads to further deterioration. If allowed, nature will take over in your asphalt-paved parking lot.

It is important to watch your asphalt's condition and repair any cracks with an asphalt crack filler product specific for the width of each crack. Make sure to clean out each crack of any vegetation growth and dirt so when you fill it with the patching material, it will adhere and not crumble apart. Or you can hire a professional paving company to handle these patches.

When the black surface of your asphalt begins to lighten and dry out, exposing the gravel within the material, it is recommended to seal the asphalt with a sealcoating application. It is recommended that you apply sealcoating every few years, depending on your climate and the type of extreme weather and temperatures your asphalt is exposed to. You can hire an asphalt company to apply a sealcoating to your parking lot pavement. Then, after the pavement has been sealed, you should have the parking stall lines repainted.

Reach out to a company like Plehal Blacktopping LLC for more assistance. 

Take Care of the Landscape and Vegetation

If your business building has landscaping, including any lawn, flowers, bushes, trees, and soil mulch, you will also need to take care of this to keep your business looking sharp. Mow and edge the lawn weekly, and apply fertilizer in the spring and fall. Any weed growth or areas of vegetation that have been unkempt can make your business building look run-down and neglected, and you don't want your customers to have this image about your business.

Hire a landscaping company to regularly mow, trim, and weed your landscaping area, and make sure your sprinklers or irrigation systems are working during the warmer months. If you experience browning of your lawn or other vegetation dying, ask an irrigation professional to check your sprinkler system. If you have experience or have an employee that can handle either the landscaping or maintenance on your irrigation system, you can take care of it in-house.