Pavement Maintenance – More Than Just Hosing and Sweeping
However, proper paved surface maintenance goes beyond an occasional hosing and regular sweeping. To ensure that a high traffic pavement is durable and can provide many years of smooth service, it is a good idea to schedule a complete inspection and restoration of even the tiniest defects, especially before the spring season.
As the weather begins to warm and the snow melts, natural expansion of the elements will have an impact on a pavement, especially just below the surface.
The simple truth is that every business hopes to extend the life of their asphalt driveway, parking lot, or pavement, and while these surfaces need maintenance throughout their lives, here are a few crucial maintenance steps that can be carried out for the transition from winter to spring.
Pavement Maintenance – Step 1
Conduct a thorough inspection of the paved surface.
The problems that occur and can cause very expensive damage on a paved surface are often hidden just below the surface.
There may be tiny cracks that are easy to overlook and obvious signs such as sunken areas that retain tiny pools of water.
Before the spring season sets in, it is important to get an expert to examine the pavement for signs of damage to prevent these issues from getting worse and costing you even more money to repair later.
Pavement Maintenance – Step 2
Hire a professional street cleaning company to do a full cleanup of the surface.
The inspection process often goes hand-in-hand with a thorough cleanup of the pavement or parking lot.
A professional cleaning crew with the right tools will be able to get rid of all the dirt and debris that ordinary sweeping does not even touch.
Therefore, to preserve the smoothness and durability of the surface, get the pavement fully cleaned right before the spring season. This prevents the unwanted elements from getting stuck in tiny cracks and under the asphalt.
Pavement Maintenance – Step 3
Fill all the cracks and repair the damaged areas before they get worse.
If the company that inspects and cleans the pavement finds any areas that need to be repaired or cracks to be sealed, make sure that they get fixed as soon as possible.
A paved surface is much easier to repair and restore right before the spring season. If you wait longer, the cracks will grow and blemishes on the surface will turn into eyesores that could cost you much more to repair in the future.
Pavement Maintenance – Step 4
If the paved surface looks gray or worn, conduct a seal coating project.
Seal Coating will make the parking lot look brand new. In fact, we recommended that asphalt is seal coated every three years. This will more than double the life of the pavement.
Seal Coating regularly optimizes safety and allows the pavement to remain structurally sound.
Pavement Maintenance – Step 5
Refresh or replace parking lot line striping.
Fixing your paved surface just before spring will not only give you a peace of mind for the rest of the year, your clients will have confidence in how much care you afford your property and by extension, to them.
To make the newly cleaned and retouched parking lot or driveway look like new, replace any damaged stripping and markings and refresh all essential markings. The winter season is particularly hard on striping, so be sure to include them in your paved surface inspection, cleanup, and repair plans.
Looking for pavement maintenance experts? Call C & L General Services at 732-886-1940. We’ll be glad to answer your questions and recommend an optimal strategy for your pavement maintenance.