Commercial asphalt is far more than just a surface for your customers, employees and visitors to drive on. It’s a vital investment in your property, as well as being one of the first things someone notices about your organization when they come to visit.
That’s why proper maintenance of your commercial paving is so essential. However, there are a lot of things that go wrong, and in our own work, we see a lot of pavement where attempts at maintenance have gone badly. These are some of the biggest mistakes you need to avoid for less frustration and lower costs.
Avoid These Common Commercial Asphalt Maintenance Mistakes!
1 – Ignoring small problems until they become big problems
The best time to fix a minor crack in your asphalt is when it’s still a minor crack. Small defects can be easily repaired with a bit of patchwork and come out good as new. However, a small crack that’s ignored will only grow bigger as time passes – and, of course, more expensive to fix.
2 – Not making a maintenance plan
The best way to keep up with your commercial paving maintenance is to have a standardized plan for upkeep. Just like other items needing maintenance and care, your pavement is key. At the least, this should include:
- Inspect monthly or weekly for damage (check it during a rainy day for drainage)
- Scheduling regular re-sealing
- Maintaining curbs, landscaping, and other associated features
- Planning for a full inspection and resurfacing every decade or so
With a maintenance plan in place, you can extend the life of your pavement significantly.
3 – Hiring inexperienced or unqualified contractors
Laying asphalt is not as easy as it might look! For best results, you truly do need a commercial asphalt contractor with a long history and track record of success. They’ll be able to help you find the right mixes to give your asphalt a long lifespan, as well as ensuring prep work is handled properly.
Cutting corners when hiring asphalt contractors will almost always come back to bite a company in a few years.
4 – Not budgeting money for maintenance and upkeep
A proper asphalt installation will require maintenance and upkeep. The expenses won’t be large, but they are there. If you don’t budget for them ahead of time, there will be a temptation to skimp on that maintenance – which will just lead to more costs.
Mt. Pleasant Blacktopping Can Help
For superior commercial asphalt paving and maintenance, Mt. Pleasant Blacktopping has a sixty-year history of success. Often, we can perform work to your parking lot over the weekend, minimizing down time for your business. Contact us to learn why we’re among Ohio’s most trusted asphalt contractors.