Pavement is a critical asset for most commercial property owners. Paved parking lots provide a place for customers and employees to leave their vehicles while inside your commercial space. If the quality of the pavement in your parking lot is lacking, you could be opening your business up to a litany of problems.
A proactive management plan will help you better maintain your parking lot and prevent serious pavement damage in the future.
Step 1: Inspection
Your pavement management plan should begin with a thorough inspection of all parking lots on your property. A good inspection will include a physical inventory of the condition of the pavement.
Evidence of damage caused by poor drainage, excessive use, or postponed maintenance will be identified during the inspection. Depressions, rutting, and cracking will also be documented through detailed photographs.
You must start with a baseline assessment before you can create an effective management plan for your pavement moving forward.
Step 2: Form a Plan
Armed with the information collected during the initial inspection, you can begin to form a plan for the care and maintenance of your commercial paving. Modeling will play a central role in this step of the pavement management planning process.
All potential strategies will be explored to determine which approach has the potential to be cost-effective and efficient moving forward. Each strategy will be evaluated using varying rehabilitation techniques so that you can determine how to go about keeping your parking lots healthy without breaking the bank.
Step 3: Monitor Effectiveness
Once a pavement management plan is created and set into motion, it becomes critical that you monitor the results of your planning. Monitoring the effectiveness of your strategy is the only way to determine if the time and resources you have dedicated to pavement maintenance are sufficient.
Periodic inspections should be conducted. The results of these inspections should be compared to the projections associated with your chosen strategy. If actual results don't measure up, it's time to begin the modeling process again and take a new approach to the care of your pavement.
Monitoring your progress can help you avoid the development of severe and costly pavement damage in your parking lots.
You must be proactive when it comes to caring for the paved surfaces on your commercial property. Invest the time and energy needed to create a pavement management plan so that you can better maintain your pavement over time.
For more information, contact a commercial paving service.