We are swiftly moving along the road to 2021. And speaking of roads, you should start planning for your asphalt needs as you prepare for the coming year.
Proactive asphalt maintenance enhances the smoothness and durability of your pavement without costing a fortune. Asphalt contractors also prefer that their customers become more preemptive with upkeep and repairs.
Here’s how you can start planning for your 2021 asphalt needs right away.
You can only determine your asphalt needs by evaluating the existing condition of your driveway or parking lot. That’s why we recommend that you get your pavement assets inspected every spring and fall (i.e., now).
Inspecting your current pavement assets before winters is necessary to detect any issues that need fixing before becoming a nuisance by springtime. This also makes it easy to budget and schedule your asphalt maintenance, repair, or replacement requirements for the following year (more on this below).
Things to look out for include:
- Fading surface color (from black to gray)
- Fading line paint (on parking lots)
- Broken, chipped, or cracked asphalt
- Oil/chemical spills
You should also check your parking lot or driveway for drainage issues, especially if water accumulates on the surface frequently.
Create A Budget
Proactive maintenance also helps you budget for repairs or repaving. Otherwise, you may end up out of cash when the time comes. In which case, you’ll either delay the necessary repairs or hire a cheap contractor.
Both these situations are disastrous and will cost you thousands of dollars over time.
Paving a driveway costs upwards of $4,500 on average, while parking lot paving can cost up to $3,900 per space. Your contractor may charge you anywhere from $3 to $15 per square foot for asphalt replacement, depending on the project.
You may be able to cut back some of these expenses by using recycled asphalt or performing minor procedures like crack filling yourself. But this is the ballpark for paving projects.
These figures are national averages but are helpful for creating your upcoming annual maintenance budget. You may click here to get more accurate estimates based on your project and location.
Perform Necessary Repairs
Proactive asphalt maintenance doesn’t mean putting off all repairs until the calendar changes. You need to fix cracks and potholes before they completely deteriorate your pavement.
Finally, you may also have to reseal your asphalt surface. Or you can schedule sealcoating till the weather becomes warmer next year. This, however, depends on the age and existing condition of your pavement, as well as the time elapsed since the last sealing. The average cost of driveway sealcoating is $471.
That’s about it! If you own or manage a property, reach out to K&L Industries today to plan your asphalt needs for 2021. Our experts inspect properties and create a preventative plan of action for customers in Sherwood, Hillsboro, Milwaukie, and other cities in Oregon.