Parking Lot Maintenance Levels

Budget constrains often causes organizations to put off road and parking lot repair. While this method might save a few dollars in the short-term budget, the savings will get eaten and then some over a long enough time period ignored.

What type of maintenance does your pavement require?

Preventative maintenance should occur on an annual basis, especially in environments with extreme weather. The Chicago area climate certainly qualifies as extreme during bitterly cold and snow filled winters. Perform preventative maintenance to extend the life of your paved surface. Annual preventative maintenance will slow failures.

The key to preventative maintenance is to identify the source of the problem. From there the correction may be applied.

Most preventative maintenance falls into treatments such as crack sealing, chip replacement, fog sealing, rut filling and thin overlays according to a University of Minnesota Best Practices on Asphalt Pavement Manual.


Corrective maintenance occurs after the pavement has already begun to fail. This type of reactive treatment will temporarily fix the problem, but it is much more likely to be an unsightly patch or rut. Corrective maintenance is often more expensive than preventative.

Emergency maintenance is the most expensive form of pavement repairs. This type of maintenance often requires overtime and material rush orders. Examples of a situation requiring emergency maintenance include a major pothole or a blowout. A temporary fix prior to a major overhaul also might qualify as emergency maintenance.

Do not allow your parking lot to deteriorate into an emergency situation. A little bit of prevention goes a long way.

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