The New Year is upon us and you may have some new projects in mind for 2021. As you probably know, winter weather conditions are less than ideal for any pavement installation or repair, so waiting until early spring is almost a given. But, just because most asphalt plants are closed for the season doesn’t mean you can’t get a head start with strategizing!

Whether you have one or 101 concrete/asphalt pavement projects on the docket, now’s a perfect time to create (or update) a pavement maintenance plan for your property. Pavement Solutions, LLC can create a solid pavement maintenance plan to strategize for the season ahead and years to come. Our pavement professionals will present a plan customized to your specific needs/budget that’ll ultimately extend the lifespan of your pavement surfaces. By considering the current state of your asphalt/concrete surfaces and prioritizing preventative, corrective, and major repairs; thousands of dollars can be saved in future repair costs.

PAVEMENT ASSESSMENT:

The colder months are a great time to conduct a full assessment of all your pavement surfaces; parking lots, curbs, driveways, walkways, sidewalks, etc. A thorough visual inspection of the pavement surfaces must be done to document the general aesthetics and any areas of distress. The information collected will then help to pinpoint and prioritize the necessary repairs and replacements, while creating budgets and timelines for years to come.  There are many ways to go about assessing your paved surfaces, but if you don’t have the time or resources to do so, we’d love to help! Our pavement professionals will meet onsite to carry-out the assessment, come up with recommendations, and create your customized pavement plan.

Make special notes of any water pooling, uneven ground, crumbling, new/worsening cracks, potholes developing, and fading pavement.

ADA COMPLIANCE CHECK:

You probably already have a lot on your plate, so it might feel overwhelming to stay current with all the latest ADA compliance regulations for your business. The Americans with Disabilities Act compliance regulations are put in place so that disabled folks aren’t discriminated against and are offered the same access to places open to the general public, especially parking lots. However, it’s not uncommon for discrepancies to occur between state and federal ADA codes, so it can be difficult to identify what’s needed to achieve ADA compliance in your area. Our crew can be trusted to make sense of the sometimes complicated legal requirements of the ADA. We’ll provide you with all the necessary recommendations, for your parking lot, to ensure compliance and avoid penalties or fines.

BUDGET ACCORDINGLY:

After the pavement assessment, you should have a good idea of what pavement projects have priority over other maintenance needs. Major time-sensitive repair work (such as potholes, drainage issues, and ADA compliance violations) should be scheduled as soon as possible, to prevent huge expenses in the future. Inexpensive maintenance procedures like sealcoating, crack sealing, and line striping should be done regularly in order to prolong the need for major costly repairs. Many paving contractors, including Pavement Solutions, will give you a free price quote for any project in mind.

Infrared Repair options may be necessary if the pavement damages require immediate attention, pose a safety risk, just can’t wait until early spring, or all the above.

SCHEDULE:

After your pavement assessment, you should be able to identify which repairs need immediate attention and which routine maintenance should be done over the next year or two. It’s best to schedule asphalt or concrete projects months in advance because of possible unforeseen circumstances. Weather conditions in the midwest are always unpredictable and are usually the deciding factor of when the paving season starts, ends, and the overall time frame. So, it’s best to get all paving projects scheduled as soon as possible.

Here’s our general suggestions for timing pavement maintenance projects:

  • Full pavement assessment once a year

  • Repair potholes immediately

  • Re-stripe all parking lines ever 1-2 years, depending on traffic level

  • Crack sealing every 1-2 years

  • Sealcoating every 1-3 years

  • Asphalt resurfacing (overlay) every 5-8 years

It’s crucial to address all issues before they arise and become much more expensive in the long-run. No matter how big or small your paving projects are, you have to plan ahead in order to safeguard your pavement investment at the most reasonable final price possible.

For free price estimates and pavement assessments, call us at (815)-675-0696 or submit your information below:

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