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Tis the Season for Asphalt Maintenance Planning

As 2015 comes to an end, it is important for property owners/managers to start planning and determining budgets for parking lot maintenance and repair projects for 2016.  We understand that asphalt maintenance planning is not everyone’s favorite holiday activity, but if you are properly prepared and informed, it really isn’t as painful as it sounds. As our gift to you, we have prepared a few asphalt budgeting tips that will hopefully make next year a much smoother ride (pun intended).


1.  Understand the pavement life cycle.

When trying to plan your asphalt repairs, it’s best to first understand your asphalt’s life cycle. A properly installed and maintained asphalt parking lot can be expected to last 20-25 years. Every 10 years you should budget for a major restoration of well-traveled areas. If your asphalt parking lot is large, you might consider phasing repairs over a 1-2 year window.

Below is a chart that breaks down asphalt age in stages:

Tis the Season for Asphalt Maintenance Planning

  • Stage 1 (0-1 Years ): Little or no maintenance is required
  • Stage 2 (2-5 Years):  Initial Preventative Maintenance is recommended including sealcoating, crack sealing and patching
  • Stage 3 (5-15 Years): Minor Repairs and Continued Preventative Maintenance should be performed including patch repairs, crack sealing, and seal coating
  • Stage 4 (15-20 Years): Major Repairs may be needed including extensive patching repairs and asphalt overlay
  • Stage 5 (20-30 Years): Extensive Repairs or Complete Reconstruction may be needed to include complete removal and replacement of asphalt.


2.  Assess the current state of your pavement.

Now that you have better understanding of the asphalt life cycle, it’s time to assess your own parking lot. What is the current age/stage of your parking lot? Is there visible damage? In what condition is this damage?  How urgent are repairs?


Condition Rating:

  • 5 – Excellent Condition – no visible defects
  • 4 – Very Good Condition – minor deficiencies (less than 10% damage)
  • 3 – Good Condition  – minor deficiencies (10%-25% damage)
  • 2 – Fair Condition – minor/major deficiencies (25%-50% damage)
  • 1 – Poor Condition – major deficiencies/pavement distressed(over 50% damage)
  • 0 – Failure  – Pavement is no longer functional

Urgency Rating

  • 5 – No repairs needed; only preventative maintenance
  • 4 – Schedule maintenance for next year
  • 3 – Schedule maintenance for this year
  • 2 – Schedule immediate maintenance
  • 1 – Schedule emergency repairs
  • 0 – Schedule for a professional to assess immediately


3.  Monetize Repairs.

After your assessment, prioritize what is needed. Urgent asphalt repairs such as sinkholes, upheavals, large potholes, and any other trip hazards or foundation problems should obviously be scheduled right away. Minor issues such as faded asphalt, striping and small cracks could possibly be put off for a few months to a year depending on how extensive the damage is. However, it is important to remind you that preventative maintenance services like sealcoating and crack filling should be done regularly and will help prevent further damage to your lot as well as prolong the life of your pavement.

Once you have an idea of the services needed in your parking lot, or if we can assist in determining what’s needed, please contact us at 855.976.8465 x1008 or info@pavementcorp.com  for a free assessment.  We will work with you to meet your budget needs and provide you with a strategic plan for your pavement maintenance.