Your newly constructed driveways, sidewalks, parking lots, and other paved surfaces will all play a huge part in the management of human traffic on your commercial property. However, they require ongoing maintenance and occasional repairs to remain in good working condition and keep looking pristine.
Here are some of the things you'll need to do to get the most out of your commercial pavements.
All paved surfaces are susceptible to cracking, and that's where sealcoating comes in. Sealcoats can be made of a variety of materials, but they are typically acrylics, silicates, or bituminous-based products designed to protect your paved surfaces from weather-induced damage.
Rain, snow, ice, direct sunlight, and seasonal temperature fluctuations can all be hard on your commercial pavements. Periodic sealcoating will help prevent cracking and other forms of surface damage, which will occur if your pavements are left unsealed.
Sealcoating only helps you minimize the risk of cracking on your commercial pavements: it does not rule out the risk of crack formation completely. That said, cracks can still occur even if your pavements are sealed properly. Crack sizes typically determine how cracks should be repaired.
Smaller cracks can be repaired with a liquid filler, while larger ones will require using a patching compound. The newly repaired cracks should be sealed to protect the paved surface from further damage by the weather.
Potholes are bowl-shaped holes that form on the surface of pavements over time. Like cracks, they tend to become larger over time, resulting in more serious paving issues that can be expensive to repair.
Pothole repair requires cleaning the holes to remove loose debris before filling the holes with the appropriate material. The filled potholes are then sealed to protect the paved surfaces from weather damage.
If you're proactive with the above-highlighted maintenance and repair tasks, you're likely to put off resurfacing for many years to come. However, other factors including extreme weather conditions may warrant a pavement resurfacing project at some point.
Pavement resurfacing is the process of laying a new layer of paving material over the existing one, producing a completely new surface that provides high functional and mechanical performance. This helps avoid the need to remove and replace the existing pavement entirely.
As a commercial property owner or manager, the onus is on you to ensure that the many structures built on your property remain in good working condition. Contact a local company to discuss how they can help keep your commercial pavements in top shape.