Asphalt Maintenance – Potholes: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

Asphalt Maintenance – Lessons Learned the Hard Way

If there is one lesson that I have learned well as an asphalt maintenance professional, it is this: in order to maintain your parking lots, driveways and roadway, it is necessary to stay on top of asphalt repairs…even though it is time-consuming and requires diligence. Here are some of the guidelines that help me and my clients.

Asphalt Maintenance – The Good

Asphalt Maintenance requires regular pothole repair.  Where there is asphalt and cold weather, potholes follow.  Although I don’t particularly like the mess and expense, after maintaining asphalt for many years (three generations) I’ve found that there are good potholes.  Yes, some potholes are good.

The picture to the right shows a good pothole.

This pothole is small, evenly shaped and not too deep. asphalt repair - good pothole - sweeping.com

These types of potholes are easy to fix and maintain their repair for a reasonable amount of time.

In a pinch, I can use cold patch materials to fix, but I often have the opportunity to use hot patch materials which makes the pothole more level with the surrounding asphalt.

The repair also looks better and lasts longer which is safer and more economical in the long run.

One other thing, I can get the repair done quickly, which is appreciated by property owners and tenants alike.

Asphalt Maintenance – The Bad

A bad pothole presents a variety of problems.  The location of the pothole could be bad (in the middle of a busy highway with cars whizzing by at 80 mph).

The pothole could be big…this means more time, money and effort.  The pothole could be masking a more serious substrate issue.  It could be a combination of all of these, which is really bad but not quite ugly yet.

This photo shows a bad pothole. asphalt maintenance - bad pothole - sweeping.com

Big bad pothole, with other serious asphalt maintenance issues attached.  As with many potholes, however, and other types of asphalt maintenance problems, it’s fixable.

Always keep safety in mind first, then try and minimize the inconvenience to property owners and users when fixing a pothole of this size.

If you have a pothole of this nature, read our article, “Pothole Repair: Challenging Situations that Only The Best Pothole Repair Companies Can Do Right”

Asphalt Maintenance – The Ugly

Quite often we are called in to quote on an asphalt repair project that has been represented as “a few potholes”.  When we get to the property, we see issues like the picture below:

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This is an ugly asphalt situation that is caused by serious neglect. It appears several attempts were made to repair the asphalt.  The repairs were too little, too late and poorly done.

This asphalt disaster is not a pothole repair issue.  This is (and has been) a repaving project that has been postponed for whatever reason (usually cost considerations).  Now it’s a very costly, complicated and somewhat dangerous asphalt repair project.

Pothole Repair – Keep it simple

Don’t let your asphalt maintenance issues turn bad or even ugly.  When a pothole appears, get a good, experienced asphalt maintenance professional to take care of it.  It’s safer, more convenient and less costly than postponing it.

Only maintain good potholes, not bad potholes.  Call us at 732-886-1940 to keep your potholes good.  We deal with the bad and ugly too if you need us, we’re the experts in asphalt maintenance.

Commercial Property Maintenance – What is the Purpose?

Property Maintenance – Not A Once In A While Event

property maintenance reasons - sweeping.comEffective property maintenance requires various processes ranging from simple day-to-day cleaning and repairs to replacing sections of the buildings, entries and parking lots.

In order to restore your business premises to its most appealing presence, start with a full inspection of the property and analysis of any visual wear and tear or damage. Particular attention is needed in high traffic areas (either foot or vehicle) to identify and eliminate hazardous conditions.

Property maintenance – Why is it important?

Deficiencies in property maintenance can generate legal cost far greater than the cost of consistent maintenance. Cracks in concrete cause people to trip and fall. Potholes in parking lot pavement can be a nuisance to drivers and cyclists.

Aside from safety, there are a number of other reasons why it is important that maintenance issues are fixed properly and in a timely manner.

Property maintenance improves its curb appeal

Most commercial property owners understand that when it comes to businesses and potential customers, you only get one chance to make a good first impression.

Therefore, continuous property maintenance in your place of business keeps the grounds and buildings looking clean, fresh, and in good repair. This is an excellent way to create a lasting positive first impression on customers and tenants.

Considering that the parking area, the pavement, and the entries are the first places customers see when entering your business, keeping them in a tip-top condition is a great way to convey a message of responsibility, attention to detail, and concern for safety.

Property maintenance is an excellent way to preserve the value of your property

A commercial property is a very large investment you made to provide value to tenants, clients, and to you as the property owner. The best decision you can make today is to keep such a high-cost and long-term asset in good repair and looking good to project its actual value to everyone who uses it.

Responsible property owners and managers schedule a regular thorough inspection of interiors and exteriors. This is in addition to the traditional maintenance services such as portering (trash removal), filling cracks in pavement and walkways, sweeping, cleaning, pothole repair, and line stripping.

Property Maintenance saves you money

If you have heard and understood the phrase “don’t be penny wise and pound foolish”, you already know that it is wiser to spend a small amount of money over time to preserve and protect a property rather than a large expenditure when some element of the property fails prematurely.

When you notice a lifted shingle, cracked seam or damaged siding, it is a sign to get it fixed before it turns into a water intrusion issue, which if not fixed, will grow into stained, moldy, unsightly issue that will cost far more than the initial fix.

When it comes to pavements or walkways, if you notice a small crack, it is a sign that you need to get it fixed before it turns into a pothole or trip hazard, which if not fixed, will metamorphose into a crate that will cost you a fortune to repair (or a legal issue which will cost both money and time). Potholes and cracks are easy and cheap to fix and it is a good a business decision to have a small budget for such an eventuality rather than wait to replace several yards of pavement or concrete in the long run.

Property Maintenance – The Right Measures

The term “property maintenance” can mean different things to different business and property owners. What is important is to understand what measures you must put in place to ensure that large repairs are minimized or prevented before they happen.

Here’s a link to some of our other related property maintenance articles.

Do you have questions about property maintenance?  Would you like to save time (and money) by having a professional look at your property?  Give us a call at 732-886-1940,  We’ll be glad to talk and show you why it a good business decision to invest in property maintenance

Pavement Maintenance – What is the Purpose?

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Pavement Maintenance – Not A High Priority?

pavement maintenance - sweeping.comPavement maintenance is often among the least prioritized element of property management. Most property owners and managers often don’t give it much thought.

They think maintaining pavement is a minor inconvenience (as opposed to the actual buildings people use) which can easily be overlooked. Others want to wait until something happens to the pavement before they act.

This is a mistake because pavement does need regular maintenance. And not just a major overhaul like repairing or replacing large sections of the pavement. Part of the necessary maintenance includes sweeping, seal coating and simple repairs.

The ultimate question is: what is the purpose of pavement maintenance? Broadly speaking, its purpose is similar to other kinds of maintenance i.e. keeping the property in peak condition. Specifically, though, pavement maintenance is important for the reasons below.

Pavement Maintenance for Appearance

It is often said that “you don’t get a second chance to make a first impression”.  This is certainly true for properties. When potential clients or tenants visit a property for the first time, the pavement is the first thing they see. A pavement which looks dirty, unkempt and in disrepair can create a negative impression which can be difficult to overcome.

On the other hand, a pavement which is clean, well-maintained and attractive creates a positive impression which can pay dividends later.

In order to ensure that visitors to a property get a positive first impression, ensure that the pavement (parking lots, walkways and entries) are well-maintained.

Pavement Maintenance for Value Preservation

The pavement (specifically a parking lot) is often a very large investment which provides actual value to tenants, clients and ultimately property owners. For instance, a well-striped and demarcated parking lot of a commercial property makes navigation very simple for first-time visitors – something which businesses operating with the premises greatly appreciate.

Keeping such a high-cost asset looking great and in a state of good repair is a smart business decision. Waiting for it to deteriorate to the point of costly overhauls is simply bad business. Maintenance in this context includes regular portering (trash removal), sweeping, crack filling, pothole repair, and line striping.

Pavement Maintenance for Cost Savings

People are often warned “don’t be penny wise and pound foolish”. This advice certainly applies to property owners and managers when it comes to maintaining pavement. As mentioned earlier, many want to postpone minor repairs and only perform major ones. This actually turns out to be costly.

Pavement maintenance saves on costs. It does this by preventing deterioration which is much costlier to fix. For instance, filling a crack prevents the crack from expanding into a pothole or substrate failure which ultimately costs much more to repair.

Pavement Maintenance as an Investment

In summary, pavement maintenance is something which every property owner and property manager need to invest in. This is because it can improve the appearance of the property, preserve the value of the pavement and save on the costs of property maintenance.

Do you want to enjoy these pavement maintenance benefits? Then find the right company to provide these services.

A profession pavement maintenance company should be able to satisfy your needs, tailor their services to your specific property, and do all this without requiring you to break the bank.

We are that company and you can call us at 732-886-1940.  We specialize in property maintenance and can provide high caliber, cost effective pavement maintenance.

Pavement Repair – What is the Purpose?

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Pavement Repair – It Takes a Pounding!

pavement repair-sweeping.comAs asphalt pavement ages and as the pavement is pounded by constant traffic, it is only normal that the constant stress leads to faster deterioration of the surface. Only regular maintenance and pavement repair can prolong its life and restore its glory.

The paved surface on your business premises should be inspected regularly and restoration processes carried out if you want to extend the life and avoid large pavement repair expense on such surfaces.

Ignoring even small cracks could mean repairing deep potholes or replacing an entire surface in the very near future. There are three main reasons why you should take pavement repair serious.

Pavement Repair – Minimizes chances of liability

Broken pavement is a huge risk to everyone that uses it. Even small cracks on the asphalt surface could cause your customers or staff to trip and fall, leading to injuries that cause a lot of harm to you and your business. It is vital that you schedule a regular inspection of all paved surfaces on your business premises and fix any damages such as wears and potholes.

Overall, the cost of pavement repair is much smaller than the price you may need to pay and the pain you may go through should such damaged pavement cause an accident that leads to litigation.

Pavement Repair – Aesthetics go a long way in business

There is a saying that first impressions are invaluable and hard to change. When a potential customer enters business premises, he/she makes a judgment based on many things, top among them is the appearance of the property. Aesthetics have a significant effect on perception.

Therefore, invest your time and effort to scrutinize the pavements and parking lots to find anything that could create a negative impression of your property (particularly cracks, potholes or crumbling pavement).

Pavement Repair – Preserve the value of your property

While you may be convinced that the value of your property increases over time, there is a price to pay to keep its perceived value even higher. Preserving the value of the property involves setting aside money for capital improvement and possible pavement repair expenses.  This ensures that maintenance and fixes are performed timely before surface problems become unnecessarily costly.

Entrepreneurs who are good at what they do understand that property issues could seriously affect the perceived value of a business property and then reflect poorly on the businesses within that property.

Potholes, cracks, erosion and other damages on a paved surface may be a common occurrence on pavement, but they should never be ignored. They should be a very big deal to you, especially when they appear on the pavement of your business premises. These three reasons should inspire you to put measures in place to ensure that they are fixed as soon as they appear.

Do you need a professional property maintenance company?  We’re experts in all types of property maintenance.  Give us a call at 732-886-1940, we’ll be glad to service your property needs including pavement repair.

Pavement Maintenance: How to Ready Your Pavement for the Spring

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Pavement Maintenance – More Than Just Hosing and Sweeping

pavement maintenance - sweeping.comToo many property managers and business people believe that pavement maintenance is all about cleaning.

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.

Paving: How To Find The Right Paver For Your Project

Paving sweeping.comFinding the right paver for your paving project can be very complex and confusing. It is not that there is a shortage of decent paving companies. The opposite is true, there are plenty of paving companies out there.

The problem is that almost every company advertises itself as the best. And given that most of them offer similar services, selecting the right one can be tricky. The ultimate question is: how do you look beyond the marketing hype to find the right paving company for your project?

The answer is simple: learn how to evaluate paving companies! There are a number of ways you can do this. However, there are four critical steps to evaluate any potential paver:

Check Out Their Paving References

The best pavers have a solid track record of well-executed projects. Past accomplishments can provide a clear picture of a company’s ability to execute your project. As such, before hiring a paver, you need to review their past projects.

Most pavers will actually give you references, often accompanied by photos, quotes or video testimonials. Do not take the testimonials at face value. Reach out to the references and ask them about the company, and see if they corroborate the company’s claims. If possible, visit the location which was paved and see the work for yourself.

Checking out the references can give you a better picture about the paver. First of all, it can help you identify those who are dishonest. Secondly, it can enable you to see an actual completed project, and assess the quality of their work.

Ask About Their Paving Equipment List

For a paver to successfully accomplish the project, they need to have the right equipment. As such, before hiring a paver, you must ensure that they have all the vital equipment. The only way you can do this is by asking for their equipment list.

The best paving companies are actually quite proud of their equipment. As such, they will gladly supply you with a detailed list. If a company is hesitant or dodgy about giving you the list, that should raise some red flags. It probably means that they don’t have some of the needed equipment.

Ask For Their Execution Plan

A great paver must be able to provide you with a detailed execution plan for your project. This plan should outline how they will accomplish your project. Such a plan should include timelines (i.e. start and end dates), materials, equipment, personnel and cost projections. Therefore, before selecting the paver, make sure that you are satisfied with their paving execution plan. At a minimum, you should be satisfied with the timelines and cost.

Verify Their Presentation To HOA

If you are paving a community, generally the Homeowners Association (HOA) plays a central role in enforcing housing standards in certain communities. If your paving project will be carried out within a HOA area, then it needs to be carried out according to HOA standards. As such, you need to ensure that the paver is in a position to abide by these standards. The only way you can ascertain this is by verifying whether they have presented to HOA board members before previous projects.  Do not hesitate to ask the paving company to come in front of your board for a presentation.

In a nutshell, those are four critical things which you can use to evaluate a paving company. Other important things include the qualifications of their pavers, insurance for their workers and whether all their employees have undergone thorough background checks. Following these simple guidelines will ensure that you hire the perfect pavers to successfully complete your project.

If you’re currently evaluating paving companies, we welcome you to cal us at 732-886-1940.  We’ll be glad to show you our references, review our equipment list, and set up a cost effective paving plan.

Look forward to talking with you.

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