Most property managers know that an effective maintenance program is a crucial part of protecting their investment in asphalt pavement. However, when budget time rolls around, many are unsure how to evaluate the current condition of their pavement to determine what services they are going to need within the next year. Here are some pointers to help you decide on the proper amount to budget for asphalt maintenance.
Sealcoating is your asphalt’s first line of defense against UV rays, automotive fluids and oxidation. It also restores your pavement’s color and can transform a faded, gray pavement into a lustrous, dark expanse. On average, sealcoating must be reapplied every two or three years. In some instances, your sealcoating might last as long as five years, and in other cases, you will need reapplications annually. You may also need to have heavily trafficked areas “touched up” in between reapplications. Usage is the primary factor in determining the frequency need. For example, a busy retailer’s parking lot will probably require more frequent reapplications than the parking lot of an office building with only 20 employees and few in-office visitors.
The painted lines, traffic arrows, crosswalks and other pavement markings can wear, leaving your area less appealing and creating more confusion for your visitors. Like sealcoating, usage is critical for determining the frequency you need to have fresh markings applied. Fortunately, it is not difficult to determine whether to budget for pavement markings as you can easily see the need for yourself. If you are also having sealcoating done, you will want to complete that process before having your pavement marked.
Breaks in your pavement, such as potholes and asphalt cracks, can allow water to seep beneath the asphalt and compromise the stability of the foundation. Once weakened, the foundation can no longer support the weight of the pavement and the traffic passing over it. Any crack that is larger than one-quarter inch or that is growing in size quickly as well as any potholes should be repaired as soon as possible. It is especially important to repair these kinds of breaks before they can be made worse during the winter months.
Fahrner Asphalt Sealers is a full-service asphalt maintenance company with more than 35 years of experience. We provide a wide range of services, including sealcoating, pavement marking, repairs and asphalt paving, to customers in the states of Iowa, Upper and Lower Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota. Our goals are to exceed every customer’s expectations, provide superior results and offer competitive rates. Contact us for a free quote by submitting the form found on our website or by calling us at (800) 332-3360.