Every property owner should know that any unfixed concrete or asphalt pothole is a liability on their property. Not only is it dangerous to you as the house resident, but also to the pedestrians who may be walking along your pavements. In the event that they tripped and got hurt, they could sue you for any damages incurred. It is therefore important that you correct any signs of pothole development as soon as you notice them.
Though asphalt and concrete are durable construction materials, with time they do get damaged by ultraviolet rays and storm water. To prevent further damage on your parking area, it’s good to consult a contractor to seal coat it for you. This also prolongs its life span. If you need to have your potholes repaired, always engage a professional in that line for best results.
- As a property owner, you need to know that it’s your responsibility to ensure your house or ground is safe for you or other people who may use your driveways. Uneven asphalt paving or potholes, if left unrepaired, could bring about these outcomes:
- Tripping hazard to you as the resident and to other pedestrians using the pavement or the driveway.
- As the owner of the property, if a pedestrian is injured and you get sued, you face the possibility of losing your money to settle any forthcoming legal obligations.
- If the damage is left unrepaired for too long, it will only add on to your repair cost.
Fast response to damaged asphalt driveways or concrete potholes restores safety and ensures the cracks do not get any bigger. Here are some considerations you should make during the repairing process:
1. Always work with a professional
You can only be guaranteed of a quality job and good results if it is done by a professional contractor with previous experience of similar repairs. Always ask them to show you where they previously worked and if you are impressed, then you can go ahead and hire them. You can also talk to their previous clients on how their repairs were done.
2. Important issues to discuss with your contractor
You and your contractor should agree on the accurate measurement of the area that requires repair. Ensure every part that has signs of damage is covered so that you solve the issue once and for all. The contractor should submit to you a written proposal detailing the scope of work that will be done. You should also agree on an estimate cost and the amount of time it will take to finish the work.
3. Repair hours
Convenience is very important when you are doing repairs. If it is an industrial place, the repairs need not interfere with the running of businesses, such that it can be done overnight when operations are closed. If it is a residential place, notify them about when the repairs will be done.
4. Evaluate the construction process
If the place has tenants who have cars and will require using the parking area that is being repaired, it may call for your contractor to carry out the repairs in sections. This will leave some parking allowance for use and thus further ease your construction process.
5. During the construction
When the construction process kicks off, your contractor needs to mark around the repair area using construction tape. This step ensures no traffic or pedestrians walk into the repair area.
6. After the construction
When all the repairs are complete, lot stripping your driveways will bring out a fresh and new look to it.
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