If you manage a property with a crumbling, cracked or faded parking lot, you might be curious about how the asphalt pavement got into such a sad state. In almost every case, it is because your predecessor did not adhere to a routine maintenance schedule or failed to budget appropriately to make sure that the parking lot achieved its full service life. If you are interested in enhancing the appearance of your parking lot and prolonging its life, here are some things you need to know about asphalt pavement.
Property Management And Asphalt Paving
Asphalt Pavement Is Durable
Asphalt pavement can last for decades if it is cared for properly. However, it is not eternal. If your pavement is in poor condition, you might want to determine its age. Most parking lots have a life expectancy of 15 to 20 years, so if your pavement’s age indicates that it is nearing the end of its life, you might want to start planning to have it resurfaced rather than repaired. If certain areas are still in good shape, it might be possible to resurface the worst areas first. By delaying the other areas, you have more time to ensure that you have a budget in place.
Some Maintenance Procedures Are More Important Than Others
Certain maintenance procedures are critical, but others can have a lower priority. For example, fresh pavement markings might be nice, but your asphalt pavement will not self-destruct without them. On the other hand, applying sealcoating periodically and have cracks filled promptly can help protect your asphalt pavement and prolong its life.
Water Is Your Pavement’s Worst Enemy
Considering the excellent waterproofing qualities of asphalt, it may be surprising to learn that water can damage your parking lot. Water will not dissolve asphalt pavement, but if it finds a way to penetrate beneath the pavement, it can wreak havoc on the pavement’s foundation. An eroded foundation will not be able to give the pavement the necessary support, so you can wind up with a hefty repair bill to rebuild the foundation and replace the pavement.
Let LDC Paving Help as Your Maintenance Partner
LDC Paving is a full-service paving contractor offering a wide variety of services to property managers in the greater Houston area. Some of our services include asphalt paving, asphalt sealcoating, parking lot striping, crack filling, pothole repair and traffic sign installation. We are driven to deliver quality work at competitive rates. If you would like to receive a free estimate, you can submit our online form or call 832-640-7296.
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