Maintaining parking garages over time

Parking garages serve an important purpose for commercial buildings by allowing a large number of vehicles to park in a relatively small space. Over time, they are subject to significant wear and tear from vehicle traffic, weather, and even just the passage of time.

Slab repair

Check the slab regularly for any signs of cracking, flaking, or buckling that could signify problems with the slab surface or be early warning signs of structural issues. Parking garages are built with post-tensioned slabs, and any signs of exposed post-tension should be fixed immediately to limit structural damage to the garage.

Traffic coatings

The surface of a parking garage takes a beating from traffic and the wide range of chemicals tracked into the garage on vehicle tires. Proper application and upkeep of traffic coatings can help repel water, limit the damage from chemicals, and even create a slip-resistant surface for pedestrian traffic. If you’re using traffic coatings, be sure to note the expected lifespan of each product and create a plan for reapplying as needed.

Proper drainage

Water is the enemy of most structures. It finds and sneaks into any tiny crack and can create major problems over time. If you notice any standing water in your parking garage, it’s time to consult a professional to install proper drainage. Unresolved leaks can lead to rust staining and eventually rust jacking, which occurs when the steel reinforcing bars inside the structure swell and cause structural damage.

Expansion joint repair

Expansion joints allow the surface of your parking structure to expand and contract with weather changes and routine wear. But like any building component, they can wear out over time and need to be replaced. They’re also a common source of water entering a garage when they start to wear out. There are many joint expansion systems that can be used, but it’s best to work with a professional who has the proper experience with parking garages to ensure the structural integrity.

If you need an experienced company to consult on your parking structure and ensure its structural integrity over time, call us today.

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