Do's and Don'ts: Parking Lot & Facility Maintenance

parking-lot-1.pngAs a property manager or owner, each day you’ve got a hundred items on your “to-do” list and the challenge is prioritizing each item. What needs to be taken care of now? What can wait? The problem is, if you wait too long, a small, minor issue that “can wait,” could turn into a large, costly issue down the road.

Below are five simple Dos & Don’t's for proper parking lot and facility maintenance:

What Is Asphalt?

Depending on who you talk to there are many answers to that question.

asphalt-image-1.pngMost people think that asphalt is what “black top” roads or parking lots are made of. That is partially correct. The material that the “black top” is made of is called asphalt concrete.

Asphalt concrete is made up of gravel, sand, and asphalt cement. Everything is combined in a heated mixer and the mixture is laid down on the road and is compacted with a heavy roller to make the roads we drive on.

The asphalt cement is the glue that holds the gravel and sand together to make the “black top” roads and parking lots we drive on. But that begs the next question: “where does asphalt cement come from?”

There are two answers:

5 Tips: Extend The Life Of Your Asphalt Pavement

Resurfacing a parking lot or driveway is a large cost that not everyone budgets for. In order to extend the life of your pavement, take a proactive approach and consider doing some Pavement Preventive Maintenance (PPM). The concept behind PPM is to keep your good pavement good and not letting it show signs of deterioration. Even if your pavement shows some signs of deterioration, PPM can help to get a few extra years out of your pavement. Here are some PPM tips that can help you to save both your pavement and hard earned dollars: