How inspections help owners and property managers save money and budget for the future
By: Musselman and Hall Contractors
Did you know that you need to budget five or ten years down the road to maintain your sidewalks and parking lots? If you’re like many other facility and property managers, the answer is probably, “No”. If you don’t have a background in the asphalt and concrete world or you’re just busy and overwhelmed putting out the daily fires, then it can be difficult to spend time managing your pavement and sidewalk. Having a pavement maintenance inspection done can bring clarity to current issues and help plan for the future. Why is this important?
From the day asphalt is installed in your parking lot, it has a shelf life. The paving and sidewalks around your facility bear the brunt of many days of sun and rain, wind and cold. They endure endless applications of salt and sand, ice melt and snow plows. Heavy truck and car traffic constantly run over them. Wrap that all up with cold winters and hot summers, and it is easy to see how pavement and concrete can plain wear out. It is because of exposure to the daily wear and tear that it is important to stay vigilant when it comes to maintaining your facility parking and walking surfaces. Pavement evaluations are one tool a facility or property manager can use to stay on top of things.
What are pavement maintenance inspections and what do they do?
Pavement maintenance inspections tell us about the existing condition of your asphalt or concrete surfaces around your facility. The process includes a trained inspector who evaluates your facility’s existing asphalt and concrete surfaces for defects, trip edges, and general condition. The inspector then generates a report that contains an analysis on the general condition of the facility’s pavement and a series of recommended solutions for any deficiencies found. In addition, the report typically includes a forecast for recommended maintenance interventions at various intervals ten to twenty years out.