There are really only two ways to take care of your asphalt pavement—and only one of them provides the longevity you can get from your pavement investment when you manage it properly.
The first way is to let your pavement manage you. This is a passive, reactive approach which is inefficient and costly both in the short and long-term. It’s an approach that requires you to do nothing. But as Shakespeare said, “Nothing will come of nothing.” True, this do-nothing approach enables you to spend time on something other than your parking lot or roadways until you are forced to, and it might mean some years you’ll spend nothing on your asphalt pavement.
But it also means minor defects aren’t caught early, when repairing them is less costly. It means that you forego any type of “regular” and “timely” maintenance, when your dollars can have the most long-term impact. And it means it is unlikely your pavement will last as long as it should before you have to completely remove it and reconstruct a new parking lot. Eventually the bill will come due.
The second and preferred approach is probably obvious: you actively manage your pavement. This is an aggressive, planned effort that not only keeps you in control of your large pavement investment, but enables you to better control your maintenance budget, too. By regularly monitoring the condition of your parking lot, you can budget for expenditures—and you can spend less money on each repair or maintenance effort, because you will discover them in their early stages when they are easier and cheaper to make.
Everyone is way busy—we get that. And it’s probably tempting to put some projects on the back burner. We get that too. But maintaining your asphalt pavement is one project that shouldn’t be overlooked.
So, do Shakespeare a solid, and chose “something” over “nothing.” Manage your pavement so it won’t manage you. And should you need any help, we’re happy to offer free guidance and consulting.