Pavement Maintenance: How This Tradeshow Will Benefit Your Business

Pavement Maintenance - C&L General ServicesThe National Pavement Expo (NPE) is the largest pavement maintenance tradeshow. This year the show will be held in Nashville, Tennessee from January 23 to 26.

The NPE benefits pavement maintenance contractors on every level and targets the following groups: pavement contractors, dealers/distributors, manufacturers, trade associations, educational institutions, and government agencies.

Pavement Maintenance – About the NPE

The NPE is a great networking opportunity. Attendees have the option to walk the tradeshow floor and interact with industry professionals. Click here for a list of companies that will be exhibiting. The newest sealcoating, line striping, infrared equipment will be one display. Seminars and workshops are also held each day. 37 new seminar topics and 15 new speakers have been added for the 2013 show. Three notable seminars are:

  • Managing a Multi-Generational Workforce: There is an excellent chance that your business will soon include baby boomers (’46-’64), Generation Xers (’60’s & ’70’s), and Generation Y (’82-’00), if it doesn’t already. TheseNPE Tradeshow Floor groups think differently and have different expectations. This seminar will allow you to understand what makes each generation “tick” and how to get everyone on the same page.Unknown-11
  • Asphalt Maintenace Basics – Cracksealing, Patching, Sealcoating, & Overlays: This seminar will show you how to make sure clients get the most for their money. Proper materials and methods will be discussed. In addition, new techniques will be taught. After this seminar, you’ll be able to match the appropriate maintenance method to the pavement problem.
  • Basic Sealcoating Principles: details the “ins” & “outs” of the sealcoating process and business. Understanding the basic principles will improve the quality of your work. Finally, the do’s and don’t’s of sealcoating will be discussed.

Round table discussions will be held on January 24th and 25th. Topics such as infrared potholes, sealcoating, striping, and sweeping will be covered. These round tables provide attendees with yet another networking opportunity.

Pavement Maintenance – Beyond the NPE

There is plenty of fun things to do at night in Nashville. Nashville is commonly referred toas the “Music City” with the Grand Ole Opry Stage nearby and live music concerts. Nashville also offers a wide-variety of dining options. From friendly dinners to expensive meals, there is something for everyone involved with pavement maintenance.

Going Above & Beyond: 4 Tips for Parking Lot Sweeping

Parking Lot Sweeping

Parking lot sweeping is a must for any business. First impressions are formed in the parking lot. In today’s day and age, there is more to parking lot sweeping than just sweeping the lot. 

Prospects – Know Your Market

  • Shopping Centers
  • Restaurants
  • Schools
  • Apartment Complexes
  • Airport Lots
  • Hospitals
  • Stadiums / Golf Courses
  • Grocery Store Lots

The Proposal

The proposal should be clear and easy to understand. Make sure there are no “hidden fees”. The proposal should also outline how often the parking lot will be swept and for how long. Most importantly, a sweeping proposal needs to identify the problem and the proposed solution.


The single most important thing is establishing a relationship with your customers. Make yourself easily accessible and provide after hours support. Every once in a while, let them know how good of a job you are doing. Most property managers take it for granted that their parking lot is spotless. Don’t be afraid to let them know how you made it spotless. 

Quality Service

Analyze the property regularly to make sure your employees are doing the job properly. See how you can upgrade your parking lot sweeping services. It is all about keeping the customer. Assess every action in each parking lot sweeping job.

Back to Basics in Property Maintenance

The exterior property is the very first thing customers and tenants will see when they pull up. An unkept property gives them a negative impression and may cause them to wonder why they would shop at or lease from your establishment.

There are two types of property maintenance:Residential and Exterior. Exterior Property Maintenance includes: street sweeping, line striping, power washing, landscaping, and much more. Depending on the scope of the project, a property manager will usually hire an expert to handle any exterior maintenance issues.

Once you have chosen a property maintenance company, ask your contractor for a certificate of insurance. Also, be sure to ask for references. It is important to have a reputable contractor who is properly certified. This keep your liability to a minimum. Finally, before signing the contract, make sure the following parameters are included:

  • Specify the equipment to be used and the area to be worked on
  • Identify materials used. Make sure a clause regarding dumping is included as well.
  • The contractor and property manager’s responsibilities should be clearly outlined.
  • Contract language is clear and easy to understand.

Every property should be on a regular maintenance schedule. If the land is too much for the property manager to maintain, hire an outside company to look after the land and report any malfunctions to the manager. Preventative Maintenance will help solve problems before they actually happen.