Today’s increasing budget constraints require Property Owners and Associations to perform more work with less money. This shift has made it increasingly important to maintain and preserve existing pavement surfaces. As a result, three types of pavement maintenance programs have been established.
- Preventive Maintenance:Performed to improve or extend the life of the pavement. By applying surface treatments (typically every three (3) years), you will slow down progressive failures, as well as extend the life of the treated surface.
- Corrective Maintenance: Performed after a deficiency occurs in the pavement. This could include rutting or cracking, also known as Alligator Cracking. This occurs when the surface below the pavement becomes uneven and can’t support any weight. In most instances, Alligator Cracking can be repaired using crack filler, then topping with a seal coat.
- Emergency Maintenance: Performed during an emergency situation, such as a pothole that needs immediate repair. This temporary repair is designed to hold the surface together until a permanent repair can be made.
All types of maintenance are needed in a pavement maintenance program. However, a well-managed maintenance program can save thousands of dollars in replacement costs.
Some of the things you should be looking for, when determining what type of service is required, are Alligator Cracking, rutting, broken edges and heaving of the asphalt. When hiring a professional to handle your pavement needs, there are several items to consider:
- Get a number of quotes. A general rule of thumb is three.
- Ask about the contractor’s experience. In many cases you will be dealing with more than one person, including sales staff, estimators, and the installation crew.
- Consider scheduling. Good paving contractors often book up quickly. Remember: there are several factors including weather that can affect a schedule.
- Finally, and most importantly, get a detailed written contract. Your written contract should include:
- Total job cost, including taxes
- Details of the project
- Payment terms
- Warranty coverage
- Terms and conditions
A well-managed maintenance program for asphalt driveways and parking lots is your key to being as efficient and effective as possible with your management budget.