May 17, 2017
Is Your Asphalt at Fault?
Your Checklist for Asphalt Maintenance
Although the winter was generally mild nationwide, continuous fluctuations in temperature most likely wreaked havoc on your asphalt surfaces. As the warmer weather approaches, facilities maintenance professionals are gearing up to assess any damage Mother Nature may have caused. This evaluation is essential because employee and customer safety is priority.
The top asphalt repairs include asphalt sealing, crack filling, pothole repair, and line striping.
Asphalt sealing minimizes the need for asphalt repairs by creating a flexible barrier on the surface, preventing water from seeping into cracks and protecting the parking lot from weather, oil, gas, and salt. With asphalt sealing, it’s important to note that seal coating should be applied when asphalt is dry and the temperature is above 50 degrees, and asphalt should be resealed every two to four years thereafter depending on weather conditions and traffic patterns.
As you inspect your parking lot for cracks, consider having cracks sealed with a rubberized asphaltic material to prevent moisture from breaking down the surface. The higher the rubber content, the more flexibility, which leads to better protection and longer life of the surface.
Pesky potholes occur when water permeates the pavement through a crack in the surface. Cold weather then freezes the water, causing the surface to expand, further cracking the surface and leading the asphalt to soften, unravel, and breakdown. This damaged asphalt is unappealing and can cause damage to customer cars as well as additional liability.
Line striping is an affordable option to improve the appearance of a retail property, and additionally creates a sense of safety and organization for traffic – both vehicular and pedestrian. Be sure that your line stripping is ADA striping law compliant.
To help with your asphalt assessment, Branded Group offers the following checklist.
- Before inspection, clean the surface(s) to remove debris, gravel, and rocks.
- When walking the surface area(s), look for visible damage including snowplow scrapes and dents, potholes, sink holes, cracks larger than ¼ inch, alligator cracking, oil stains, and faded paint.
- Inspect for water pooled up near edges of pavement and record locations of visible standing water.
- Evaluate unleveled areas of asphalt.
- Ensure pavement stripes are clearly visible and ADA complaint.
- Inspect parking lot signs to be sure that they are securely standing, visible, and in good condition.
- Be sure to mark any damaged areas or trip hazards until repairs are compete.
- Schedule necessary repairs to maintain surface integrity, minimize future repair costs, and ensure safety.
Asphalt maintenance and repair projects should be approached with trusted, expert advice. While asphalt repair may feel like an overwhelming investment, it is one that will bring value to the assets of the retail location. Also, timely repair and preventative action avoids larger repairs and additional expenses. If you have additional questions, please give us a ring at 323-940-1444. At Branded Group we’re ready to help you #BeBetter!