When managing a parking structure, you may think you can let maintenance slide. After all, how much maintenance does concrete really need? Don’t fall for this line of thought. While resilient, these structures have repair costs that can add up if you aren’t careful.
Here are 3 ways you can reduce costly repairs on your parking structure or elevated decks:
1. Invest in Regular Maintenance
Parking structures are vulnerable to natural degradation and environmental wear-and-tear. If water can leak into the concrete, it can lead to spalling, stains, rusting steel, or even loss of structural integrity. Traffic flow also creates several hazards, not to mention the colossal abuse and vibrations from heavy vehicles and constant pedestrian traffic.
A high-quality sealant should be your first line of defense. Sealants can prevent damage when applied regularly and not allowed to degrade. Polyurethane sealants are the most common and need reapplication every two to five years, but with advanced products, you can extend this life span.
2. Research Your Options
If you’re looking for a one-size-fits-all option, you won’t find one. Your decision depends heavily on the materials, the traffic flow and exposure to the elements.
Some of your options include:
- Single or dual component elastomeric traffic coatings
- Hybrid waterproof traffic coatings
- Epoxy overlay systems
- Healer sealers
- Polymer modified cementitious overlays
- Silane/Siloxane penetrating water repellents
- PUMA or PMMA extreme wear traffic coating systems
3. Act on Damages Immediately
The longer you wait, the higher the repair cost. As the damages increase in severity, so does your overall cost and time it takes to repair the problem.
If you experience any of the following signs, contact your experts at DCPS immediately so we can help you:
- Exposed rebar
- Concrete spalls
- Coating wear
When it comes to repair and maintenance, you have several factors to consider. Still, it is a fast decision that makes all the difference. Don’t worry! We can help you make the right choice in waterproofing and specialty coatings.
We can schedule a FREE observation of your property and learn how to eliminate costly damages.