When you are a property manager, it often seems as if the list of maintenance needs never ends. There are many different areas of the property that can need attention at the same time. Perhaps your landscaping is on life support, certain areas could use a fresh coat of paint or a tenant has noticed a roof leak. No matter how busy you are, however, failing to maintain your asphalt pavement could be a costly mistake. Here are some of the most commonly overlooked maintenance procedures that can have dire consequences for asphalt pavement.
Property Managers And Asphalt Paving Maintenance – What To Consider
Every asphalt pavement will develop cracks eventually. Some pavements crack sooner than others, and some only develop surface cracks that do not necessarily need to be repaired. However, if you have a crack that is larger than approximately 0.25 inch, you need to have it filled. Otherwise, it will continue to expand until a pothole forms. Even worse, cracks provide an easy route for water to reach the pavement’s base. The water weakens the base and destabilizes it. Deprived of a stable foundation, the pavement cannot support the weight of traffic. This frequently leads to alligator cracking; asphalt repairs will involve the removal of the damaged asphalt and foundation repairs.
Sealcoating can do wonders to enhance the appearance of faded asphalt pavement, but it can also help pavement last for up to twice as long. Sealcoating helps prevent damage to asphalt pavement caused by automotive fluids and ultraviolet radiation from the sun. Most asphalt pavements need to have sealcoating applied every 18 to 42 months, but your exact schedule will depend on factors such as the traffic your pavement receives.
Vehicles leak fluids, and these fluids can deteriorate asphalt pavement. Sealcoating slows the penetration of the fluids to help protect asphalt pavement, but sealcoating alone cannot prevent them from eventually reaching the asphalt and softening it. Clogged storm drains or catch basins can force runoff back onto the pavement, which can cause the surrounding pavement to deteriorate. If water cannot drain from your pavement, puddles can form, and standing water increases the risk of water penetration and foundation damage.
To Learn More About Asphalt Pavement Maintenance
Asphalt Pavement Solutions has been providing asphalt maintenance and repair services since 1983. We serve the entire states of Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey, delivering quality results at competitive rates. Our services include asphalt paving and repairs, parking lot striping, car stop installation, sealcoating and bollard installation. We can help you tailor a routine maintenance program that will make it easier for you to budget for the care of your asphalt pavement. If you would like to receive a free estimate, you can submit our convenient online form. If you prefer, you can call us at (856) 461-1710 or toll-free at (800) 559-SEAL.