Property managers are called on to juggle competing priorities and to stay within budget. With so many factors vying for attention, it can be challenging to keep up.
But your pavements are important. They’re not just about “saving face” to maintain your facilities in a publicly presentable state. They’re about the safety of the people who use them.
We’re offering this cost-effective guide to help property managers budget for asphalt repairs, because your pavements matter. And maintaining them in a timely manner is preferable to the alternative – replacing your pavements well before their time.
To get a handle on your budget needs, you need to analyze the current state of your asphalt pavements. Here’s a checklist to get you started:
- Minor cracks: If these are more than a ¼ wide, they should be repaired and filled. This keeps water from penetrating and getting into the sub-structure.
- Faded asphalt: Sealcoating can prevent this, to keep your asphalt looking good and to prevent the loss of the top layer of material.
- Spreading cracks: If you haven’t attended to minor cracks, they can become a sinister network which threatens the integrity of your pavements. You may need to re-surface.
- Stains and debris: This is a DIY project you can take care of yourself with a little elbow grease.
- Potholes/major damage: Potholes are an urgent repair priority. Repair them before it gets cold. They’re not just annoying, they’re dangerous.
Preventative Maintenance and Sealcoating
Preventative maintenance is the smartest thing you can do for your budget. When you keep it up, filling minor cracks before they can either network all over your pavements or become major cracks and potholes, you’ll spare budget.
To spare your budget even more, applying sealcoat is one of the leading preventative measures. It pays dividends.
It not only makes your asphalt look fresh, it makes cleaning the surface of parking lots and other pavements so much easier. Sealcoating also creates a barrier between extreme weather conditions and your asphalt. Have your pavements sealcoated every 2 years as a preventative maintenance measure.
Tips to Hold the Budget Line
Asphalt which has been professionally installed and is well-maintained can endure for up to 25 years. Establishing a maintenance and repair budget keeps your parking lot and other pavements serving you for as long as possible.
But even with the most proactive attention, you’ll need to perform restoration work about every 10 years, especially in areas which see a lot of traffic. Major work can be done on a staggered timeline, over a window of between 1 and 2 years.
With minimum disruption, your restoration is accomplished unobtrusively and without any inconvenience to customers or tenants.
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PLA has been keeping New Jersey pavements safe for use and looking their best for over 16 years.
From minor cracks to major restorations, we’re the professionals who bring your pavements the best of everything, including infrared pothole repair and maintenance-saving sealcoating.
Budget ducks in a row? Contact us. Keep those pavements looking sharp!