Asphalt Maintenance – Bad Weather = Parking Lot Damage
Snowstorm, rainstorm, nor’easter, bomb cyclone. Whatever the name, it’s all bad weather and it’s really bad for pavement. All this bad weather adds up to one unpleasant truth – it causes lots of parking lot damage.
The more extreme the weather, the more extensive the damage. And it does appear that climate change is generating more extreme weather.
Unfortunately, some asphalt damage needs to be corrected immediately. If a large chunk of pavement fails and creates an unsafe walking or driving condition, you need emergency asphalt maintenance service.
Fortunately, asphalt pavement is a very “fixable” condition with many different types of repair materials and a variety of repair methods. Also, the temperature is not as big a problem with asphalt repairs compared to concrete repairs.
Although not the ideal time of year, asphalt maintenance can be conducted in cold weather. Concrete repairs are much more difficult (and expensive) in cold weather.
Asphalt Maintenance – You Can Wait Until Spring
Another aspect of asphalt maintenance is that the inevitable pothole repair can wait until spring. Depending on the size, location, and traffic, many pothole repairs can be deferred until warmer weather set’s in toward the end of March or beginning in April.
The big challenge with pothole repair at that time of year is the overwhelming demand for labor and materials in the spring. Many property owners want to get asphalt repairs and maintenance completed before the weather gets hot.
People who use the pavement, especially tenants, get very angry if they encounter a pothole that has not been repaired by June.
Preparing For The Spring Crush – What to Do?
So how does a property owner prepare for the asphalt maintenance crush?
Here are a few tips to plan and prepare for your asphalt maintenance needs.
1. Select a reputable maintenance company with asphalt maintenance experience
Google the term “asphalt maintenance” or “pothole repair” in your geography, e.g. “asphalt maintenance freehold nj” or “pothole repairs jackson”
Notice if Google provides local recommendations (it will be in a box of three recommendations at the top of the page). Look for Google reviews first. Good reviews usually indicate a reputable company.
Then visit the company’s website. Have a look at the services they offer. See if they offer any free tips, information or checklists.
The more helpful information they provide, usually the more committed they are to providing good service to their customers
2. Reach out to the company and talk to a representative
Find out if they have representatives that can spend some time speaking with you about your needs.
Ask for references and question where they have provided services in your local area.
Discover if they will listen to your unique situation and if they offer helpful suggestions.
Notice if they follow-up timely. This is an important clue to whether they will follow-up with you after they have started your project.
3. Determine if they can provide the asphalt maintenance services that you need
If you have a large asphalt maintenance project, arrange for an on-site visit so the potential service provider can accurately determine the time, labor and materials for your project.
Ask for a determination of when they could provide services. If they are a know asphalt maintenance company, they may have contractual commitments for the busy time of year.
Ask them for their best estimate of when your project can be added to the “queue”.
Asphalt Maintenance – Don’t wait until the last minute.
The crush for asphalt maintenance in the spring is a real occurrence. If you plan and prepare during January and February, you won’t be waiting long to have your potholes repaired, your cracks filled and any other issues corrected.
If you wait, there might be some nastygram emails or testy calls from tenants or property owners to deal with.
Avoid this today. Let us be the first property management company you investigate.
Check us out and compare us with other asphalt maintenance companies in your local area.
If you’re in Northern NJ, call us at 908-730-7888. If you’re in Central NJ, call us at 732-886-1940.
I believe we can help you to get your asphalt maintenance when you need it.