When was the last time you called your local asphalt contractor for asphalt repairs or general maintenance?
One of the biggest mistakes that business owners make is neglecting their pavement shortly after new asphalt has been installed.
The truth is that timely maintenance and repairs are essential for a long-lasting asphalt surface. If you’re unsure of when and why you need commercial asphalt paving services, here are a few scenarios to keep in mind!
1. Natural Wear and Tear
Large cracks and potholes don’t form overnight. These issues start out as minor blemishes, such as small cracks and depressions, and they are caused for a variety of reasons—traffic, climate, chemicals, and others.
It’s important that you address these blemishes before they are able to develop into larger and more expensive problems. This is the most cost-effective way to take care of your asphalt pavement and maximize its life.
Consider a small crack, for example. The recommended solution for this type of issue is usually crack filling—a minor and largely inexpensive repair.
If you were to let this small crack develop into a large crack or a series of cracks, however, crack filling might no longer be a viable option. By this point, moisture may have begun to seep into the cracks—causing more problems below. Instead, the new solution might be to patch the area, which is a significantly more costly expense.
Address natural wear and tear as you notice it in order to keep your asphalt maintenance and repair costs under control.
2. Damage from Vehicles and Equipment
While normal wear and tear develop gradually, there are certain asphalt issues that occur immediately—namely, those caused by vehicles and equipment.
Perhaps a heavy object was dropped on your asphalt pavement or the sheer weight of traffic in one area caused it to buckle.
In any case, these types of damage should be addressed immediately—not only because they can continue to worsen with time but also because they can present a liability issue. A pedestrian could easily trip on loose gravel or a passenger vehicle could sustain damage from a pothole.
Rather than facing a potential lawsuit, it’s much wiser to address pavement damage as soon as you notice it.
3. General Pavement Assessment
If it’s been a while since a paving company has visited your property and you don’t notice any new damage, it might be tempting to put your pavement on the back burner.
However, even if you don’t notice wear and tear or damage, it’s wise to have an asphalt paving contractor perform a general checkup on your surface. Many paving companies can help identify issues or damage that business owners and property managers aren’t always able to spot.
What’s more, you should consider setting up a maintenance schedule with your pavement contractor. This will not only save you time from having to constantly review your pavement and call your asphalt company to schedule service, but it will also allow you to catch any potential issues before they get the chance to develop into more severe problems.
Has it been a while since your Toronto business has ordered asphalt paving services? Whether you need new asphalt, repairs, or maintenance, get in touch with Empire Paving today. We’d love to give you a free quote!