Anyone who has served on the board of a homeowner’s association, or HOA, knows how important it is to maintain a community up to the expectations of its residents. This means everything from making sure the community parks, gardens, playgrounds, walking paths, parking lots and roadways are attractive and well-maintained and, most importantly, that they are safe and up to code and zoning ordinances.
Nothing makes a neighborhood look run-down and neglected more than alligator cracking and damaged asphalt roads, faded parking lot striping, and missing or damaged street and traffic signage. Far more than just an issue of aesthetics, failure to properly maintain to your community’s roadways and asphalt and concrete surfaces can actually reduce property values and even cause safety hazards to pedestrians and drivers. And the longer you wait to seal cracks and potholes, the faster it deteriorates, bumping up the cost of maintenance, as this graphic shows:
Fortunately, a simple road, parking lot, and asphalt maintenance schedule can help protect your community’s investment while making the most of your HOA’s budget. Here are some important elements for your HOA board to consider in its planning:
- Sealcoat: Add years to the life of your asphalt pavement by proactively addressing pavement weaknesses before they turn into costly repairs. Sealcoating your pavement every 3-5 years will guard against damage from UV rays, water, engine fluids and other chemicals, and will keep it from fading and appearing run down. Our estimators can help you determine the ideal frequency based on your community’s unique needs and traffic load.
- Crack seal: As cracks appear in your asphalt, sealing them up immediately will help prevent water from seeping into the pavement and its foundation, saving you thousands in costly repairs.
- Pothole Repair & Patching: Even a small pothole or weak area is an early indication of asphalt pavement failure. If you catch it quickly, a simple asphalt patch can solve the problem without leading to further damage to your parking lot or roadway.
- Parking lot and road striping: A fresh coat of paint will do wonders for the appearance of your HOA’s roads, driveways, and parking lots, but it’s also an important safety feature. If the striping on your asphalt pavement is fading, that means it may be difficult to see at night. Our team can lay down a fresh set of stripes that will last for years and will keep your properties safe for pedestrians, bikers and drivers.
- ADA Markings: Are your parking lots and roadways ADA compliant? Our experts are familiar with federal ADA laws and can help make sure your parking lots and facilities are accessible to residents with disabilities.
- Street and parking lot signage: Freshening up the roadway and parking lot signs in your HOA community may not be top of mind, but it’s important! If your signage is old or faded, obscured by trees or brush, damaged or located incorrectly, it can be an eyesore at best and a dangerous safety liability at worst. Installing bright, readable signage will make your community safer and more beautiful.
- Speed bumps: If speeding is a concern in your neighborhood, installing speed bumps can be a great solution, particularly in areas where there are pedestrian crossings, or near children’s playgrounds.
- Concrete curb and sidewalk repairs: Yes, concrete repair is an important part of HOA community maintenance! With time, concrete sidewalks and curbs can eventually crack and deteriorate. This is often a result of tree roots or damage from vehicles or other machinery. Our teams can do concrete demolition and installation to keep your neighborhood’s concrete sidewalks and curbs looking fresh.
- Sweeping & power washing: Sometimes all that’s needed to refresh your streets and parking lots is a thorough cleaning. We do that too! Keeping pavement surfaces clean and free of debris and engine oil or other chemicals is important to help protect the life of your asphalt.
- Chip seal: Depending on the amount of traffic on your community’s roads, chip seal may be a possibility. While not recommended for every application, chip seal is an economical option ideal for low-traffic and rural roadways. Chip seal paving helps keep the surface water- and skid-resistant and can be a good alternative to touching up a roadway without repaving.
Not sure where to start? We can help.
Texas Materials is a one-stop shop with locations across the Austin, Waco-Belton, and San Antonio areas, and we’ve been paving and repairing asphalt parking lots and roadways in Central Texas neighborhoods for decades. Our trained estimators can help you determine the scope of work needed to protect your HOA’s investment and make the best use of your budget. They will help you design an asphalt maintenance schedule for your parking lot, roadway or other facilities, to get the most out of the life of your asphalt pavement.
Ready to get started? Give us a call or submit an online form. Our estimators will be happy to provide you with a free estimate and will help design the ideal maintenance program for your HOA’s needs.
Greater Austin-San Antonio area: 512-346-3839