Friday, November 13, 2015

Asphalt and Concrete Potholes Can Be a Liability for Owners

Any person who owns property should know about the risk inherited by not fixing potholes on your property. Potholes and uneven pavement can be a major liability for property owners. Having a pothole or uneven pavement can be dangerous and considered a trip hazard for pedestrians, which puts you the owner, at risk of being sued. It is important for these problems to be corrected before they become a danger. You need to respond quickly if you see signs of pavement failure, such as large cracks or indentations in the surface.

It is always a good idea to have repairs made by a professional asphalt company. By having your repairs done by a professional will help to guarantee a good quality repair job that will last. A paving contractor can be found in your area by either the internet or a phone book. It is also beneficial to you to try and meet with a few of the paving contractors on site. This helps to ensure that you are both on the same page, as far as the scope of the work being done. The contractor should take measurements and offer you, the customer, with a written proposal. The proposal should state exactly what he or she intends to do as well as an estimate of the cost. If your business is open and running during the repairs it will be necessary to make the repairs while you are closed. (Such as overnight)

The planning and communication between the paving contractor and the property is very important and will make for a smoother operation during the job. It is important to evaluate the entire parking lot with your contractor to make sure there will be no unforeseen complications during the construction process. If your property has tenants that require parking spaces around the clock, it may be necessary to make repairs in sections. This will allow some parking areas to remain open for use. The contractor will need to mark off the construction area with construction tape; this will help in keeping pedestrians and traffic off of the area while the repairs are being made. Lot striping your parking lot after you have made all the repairs to the surface, is a great way to give your parking lot a new and fresh look.

Damage to your asphalt and concrete is caused by storm water and ultraviolet rays which breaks down the pavement. By seal-coating the parking area you are helping to prevent further damage. Keeping your asphalt or concrete pavement in good condition will limit your liability on your property.

Peyton Stallings is a lifetime Atlanta resident and general contractor. Peyton is President and onsite manager for PKS Paving And Construction and writes regular columns on, paving, Asphalt Paving Atlanta and construction in general. To learn more please visit our site at
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