Parking Lot Repair
Why is parking lot asphalt repair important?
Asphalt repair is important for your business. There are two primary reasons why your parking lot should be in good condition. One is aesthetics. You want to make a good impression on anyone who visits your business. Good upkeep of the physical plant with parking lot repairs sets the stage for everything else.
The second reason to repair your parking lot is referred to as “premises liability” in the language of personal injury law. Any accidents such as a trip-and-fall or damage to a vehicle might be grounds for a lawsuit. In many states, all costs from medical care, long-term therapy, medications, lost time from work and pain and suffering can be calculated into an award. If a pothole or other asphalt hazard leads to an injury, the owner and management company can be held financially responsible for substandard pavement conditions. But the opposite can be true as well: Demonstrated attention to timely asphalt repairs can help steel your defense against such lawsuits.
What can cause parking lot asphalt to deteriorate and need asphalt repair?
All asphalt and concrete pavement is subject to atrophy over time. The older the pavement, the more likely the parking lot needs asphalt repair.
But special circumstances can accelerate damage to a parking lot. If heavy industrial vehicles roll over the pavement, it can cause pavement cracks. Other factors that can damage existing pavement are: utility cuts (including those for fiber optics), installation of drains and sewers, and tree roots.
Surface breaks of any kind – including those that result from seasonal temperature fluctuations and extreme weather – allow moisture to percolate below the surface, where it undermines the integrity of the pavement. In freeze-thaw conditions, water turned into ice expands, creating room for more water and additional instability. As the pavement crumbles, a pothole opens up. But even without freezing, the layers of gravel and earth below the pavement are compromised and require asphalt repair.
Crack seals can help hold back this moisture invasion, as can minor pothole repairs.
What are the risks of allowing potholes in parking lots to persist?
The risks include how your business can appear to be crumbling along with the asphalt itself. For any organization that invests in marketing or employee recruitment, a deteriorating parking area can reduce returns on those investments. Of course, if you are selling your property, broken pavement can be a distraction and even a price-reducing negotiation point.
But the financial risk of a lawsuit stemming from a trip-and-fall accident can be very high: injuries from simple falls can include brain trauma and even death, which can bring legal judgments of a million dollars or more against the property owner. Your property insurance may cover your costs, or it may not. And as anyone who purchases insurance knows, a loss experience almost always leads to higher premiums for the policyholder.
With jagged edges, some property managers choose to use a sawcut. However, this is not required. This type of asphalt repair is done primarily for aesthetic reasons.
What kind of parking lot asphalt repair do you need?
This is the place to learn more about how an asphalt repair can and should be done on your parking lot.
Call Armour Pavement today, 897-8190 to get a FREE ESTIMATE to fix your asphalt.
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