Your community finally received the asphalt paving it desperately needed. While it may be easy to assume your homeowners association (HOA) can put off scheduled asphalt maintenance for another 15 years, planning can save the organization on paving costs and keep any parking lots looking pristine for years to come.
Preventive asphalt maintenance is the best approach, not only for the health of the road, but also for the health of the HOA’s budget. When you take into consideration the long-term costs over the total life of parking lots and roads, preservation is the most cost-effective strategy.
Here are some services HOAs can utilize to drastically improve the longevity of your community’s pavement.
Periodic sealcoating replenishes the asphalt surface which is naturally lost over time, extending the lifespan of your pavement or parking lot investment.
Sealcoating is a key part of a parking lot maintenance plan and is a cost-effective way to beautify and smooth asphalt, keeping it strong and looking like new.
Dura-Seal recommends sealcoating every two to three years to ensure the beauty and lifespan of your asphalt. With proper asphalt maintenance, you can expect your parking lot to last for decades before resurfacing is needed.
Crack filling involves filling small cracks that are less than 1/4 inch wide, with a hot rubberized crack fill. This process seals out damaging moisture and debris, helping to prevent base failure and minimizing the effects of freezing and thawing on your pavement. Effective crack filling prevents crack expansion on the surface and erosion effects of base materials.
Crack filling is a fraction of the cost of replacing asphalt and improves the lifespan of the parking lot. Since parking lots are the entryway to a business, they are sometimes a customer’s first impression of the business.
Asphalt patching involves removing the first layer of asphalt and replacing the surface. In places where asphalt cracking is webbed or potholes are forming, this will prolong the lifespan of the asphalt and fill in any major holes or cracks, resulting in a smooth surface layer.
Potholes occur often during cold winter months due to the expansion and contraction of water beneath the asphalt. It’s important to repair parking lot potholes as soon as possible because they can lead to much more costly repairs, like replacing the pavement entirely. When not repaired, potholes will grow and pose a safety hazard to pedestrians and could cause vehicle damage.
Including asphalt repair costs in HOA fees allows for maintenance every few years, leading to cost savings in the future. Complete pavement resurfacing can be expensive, but by planning ahead, regular maintenance can save your community cash in the long-run and ensure lots are clean and well-kept, extending their lifespan.
The value of homes can be increased with the addition of regularly maintained pavement. Potholes can cause damage to vehicles and can be dangerous for residents when walking to and from their homes. Any community that has fewer hazards and a fresh aesthetic is more desirable to live in and homebuyers will take note of the efforts made to keep a development in top shape.
If your HOA is in need of maintenance for your parking lot, visit http://durasealus.com/contact/ or give us a call at 614-258-7325 for a free consultation today.