Were you aware that you should be budgeting five or ten years out for sidewalk and parking lot maintenance? If you’re the average facility or property manager, your answer was most likely a no. This is to be expected if you lack a background in the asphalt, concrete, or construction industries, or if you’re just busy and overwhelmed by the daily property management needs. It can be a chore to add to your long list, but having a maintenance inspection done every so often can bring light to any current issues and help prepare for the future. Let’s take a look at why this is so important.
What’s the Problem?
Most people don’t realize that asphalt has a shelf life. From the day it is installed, it begins to age, and it’s life is not indefinite. Paving and sidewalks surrounding your facility are subject to weathering conditions that include sand, snow, ice, snow and ice treatments, and more depending on the region in which you find yourself. Heavy foot and car traffic has an effect as well. Combine these with hot summers and cold winters, and it is easy to understand how even concrete and asphalt are not impervious to these conditions. It is this daily wear and tear that makes it so important to stay on top of sidewalk and asphalt maintenance. Routine evaluations are one way that you or your property manager can remain vigilant as to the integrity of your surfaces.
What does a maintenance inspection entail?
For professionals in the concrete and asphalt industry, these inspections keep us informed about the existing condition of your asphalt or concrete surfaces. The inspection process entails a trained inspector coming to evaluate the facility surfaces for any defects, possible tripping points, and overall condition. The inspector then will give you a comprehensive report which would contain an analysis on general conditions of the facility pavement and a list of recommendations to best resolve any existing issues he or she found. In addition to these recommendations, a predictive forecast is usually included with a recommended maintenance schedule at various intervals up to 20 years in the future.
Ok, so how do I get one?
The inspection report is a key tool for the facility or property manager when making decisions or recommendations regarding assigning capital and maintenance budgets.
A concrete and asphalt inspection report is a crucial tool for facility and property managers when making decisions or recommendations for budget and time allocations. Contact your local Kansas City experts at Davenport Construction and Asphalt to inquire further! We will be happy to help!