Pavement Maintenance Provides Property Manager’s with Top ROI
Commercial property ownership and management is all about
return on investment, no matter what maintenance or new investment decisions
you consider each quarter. Managing cash flow efficiently is a science, and often
an intuitive art. Coordinating maintenance cycles, along with seasonal weather conditions
requires sufficient research and accurate information, if we are to get things
done right the first time. Pavement maintenance planning is about balancing preventative
care and repair alongside the aesthetic benefits – where curb appeal leads to
higher valuations, and property revenues. Asphalt crack repair is one of the
most efficient and low-cost options to balance that exterior appeal with
Don’t Wait Until it’s Too Late!
The temperature extremes of Southern Ontario provide property
managers with tough conditions for maintaining asphalt parking lots and private
roadways. Repairing damaged asphalt is cost effective and is a minor disruption
to your tenants, customers or users of these private spaces. Left unchecked,
the combination of moisture seepage and seasonal expansion and contraction of
pavement will broaden, deepen and extend the damage until your options become
limited to expensive reconstructions: larger projects to be managed, and more
severe customer inconveniences to be mitigated.
When Should I Consider Pavement Repair Options?
Start early! Linear cracking is containable and
manageable with proper and timely maintenance. If left unchecked, the cracks
become connected – and evolve into Block Cracking - which cumulatively will
lead to pavement fatigue failure. If caught early, block cracking can be
repaired before it worsens and become what is called Alligator Cracking. At
this point, the extensive network of cracking has deepened below the surface,
and can be visually recognized by sinking and undulation.
What is Most Effective - Cold Pour or Hot Pour Asphalt Sealing?
While it is an economical option, cold pour sealing is most
commonly used in smaller residential projects. It’s slower to cure and used
mainly with small (less than 3/16th of an inch) cracks.
Hot pour sealing sets quickly and is extensively used in
commercial applications. It is favoured for its ability to fill deeper into
crack, its superior adhesive ability, and its more flexible nature maintains a
consistent seal over the expansion and contraction with each seasonal
What is the Difference Between Asphalt Sealing and Filling?
‘Filling’ is a topical method which applies sealant to a
pavement crack and its local surrounding surface. The problem is that the
majority of the crack remains unfilled, below the surface – making it highly
susceptible to moisture. And with changing seasonal temperatures, expansion and
contraction lead to the fill repair being dislodged. Since the repair is mostly
surface, the repair is also susceptible to being dislodged by snow plows during
the winter months.
Proper Asphalt ‘Sealing’ is a thorough 4-step process:
crack is opened with a high torque carbon-tip router (for better sealant
routed crack is thoroughly cleaned of debris with a high pressure air
newly routed reservoir cracks are inspected for access and uniform smooth
- Cracks are sealed with material to fill the
routed reservoir, provide a smooth surface bond, and durable seams.
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