Whether you are simply maintaining a personal driveway at your home or you’re looking to take care of a large parking lot and additional grounds for a business, pavement maintenance is an essential part of the maintenance construction required to reinvest properly in a piece of real estate. Not only does it keep your walkways and parking areas looking great, it also makes sure they are kept in shape so you do not have to deal with surprises like potholes or breakthrough plant growth.
Remaining Service Life vs. Regular Prevention
Many property owners follow in the footsteps of state and local governments when it comes to maintaining paved surfaces. Rather than addressing maintenance in a rotating fashion, they build with a plan for repair or replacement at a point where the surface is estimated to be near functional breakdown. This leads to a degradation in curb appeal, but more importantly, it fails to anticipate issues like temperature stresses from rare, extreme weather events or damage from accidents. A rotating service plan extends the period between complete pavement replacements and provides a point of contact with professionals who can perform more extensive repair work as needed.
A Sample Annual Concrete Maintenance Schedule
Concrete pavement tends to be made to last, with many sidewalk areas lasting decades when maintained correctly. Part of that maintenance is a partial replacement of sections to repair breakdown points. You can minimize the chances of needing that repair with a year-round concrete care schedule for walkways and paved parking surfaces.
- Clear debris and keep gaps between paving sections clear of buildup during spring cleaning
- Maintain clear edges throughout spring and summer growing seasons annually with biweekly visual inspections and edge trimming as necessary
- Visually inspect the pavement for damage seasonally in spring and fall to be sure neither winter snow nor plant growth has caused cracks or chips
- Use a salt alternative in winter that is designed to be concrete-safe to avoid chemical reactions that compromise the integrity of your pavement when you combat winter snow.
If you have a solid plan for concrete, the next step is to address the asphalt on your property.
Re-asphalting, Repair & Maintenance
The best approach to maintaining the quality and performance of these surfaces is an annual one. Each spring or summer, you should work with a professional team like ours to assess any spot maintenance that’s needed. A complete resurfacing to refresh the integrity of the lot and replenish any eroded material is typically done every three years in areas with freezing winters. Milder areas may sometimes be able to get by with less frequent resurfacing construction, but it is still necessary every three to five years under the most ideal conditions.
Set Up Regular Maintenance for Your Outdoor Surfaces
If you are interested in making contact with high-quality professionals who can handle your concrete and asphalt maintenance needs on a schedule that fits your local climate and budget, look no further. The Pavement Network can put you in touch with professionals who provide practically any outdoor surfacing services you’d need, including recreational construction like tennis court installation and maintenance. If you are a paving professional looking for a network that helps your company reach its full potential, consider becoming a member today.