Parking Garage Maintenance: What to Do to Prevent High-Cost Structural Repairs?
Parking garages face unique challenges due to their constant exposure to vehicular traffic, environmental elements, and...
Whether it’s an office space, a shopping mall, or any other commercial building, these places will always need space allocated for parking garages. Garages provide a safe and secure area where people can park their vehicles. Because of this, they are some of the most utilized structures in commercial buildings, and why it’s necessary to take proper care and maintain parking garages. Otherwise, they can start to degrade rapidly.
As further explained by FacilitiesNet, “Whether the parking facility is a freestanding multi-level garage or a few below-grade levels under a high-rise building or plaza, the imperative is the same: proactive condition assessment and diligent maintenance. If problems are ignored, the harsh environment in garages, including corrosive deicing chemicals, freeze-thaw cycling, and the stress of thousands of vehicles traversing the deck, will quickly accelerate deterioration into hazardous conditions. With the integrity of the garage and the safety of users at stake, facility managers should prioritize parking structure evaluation and maintenance to preempt problems and avoid possible liability.”
This article will highlight the signs of parking garage deterioration, the steps to prevent it, and how to restore parking garages to their former glory.
The first step to creating a better maintenance plan for the commercial parking garage is understanding its top causes, which also mirror the signs of parking garage deterioration, including:
All the causes of parking garage degradation mentioned above can arise due to simply neglecting to care for the garage. Yes, concrete is solid, durable, and fortifies a structure soundly. But that doesn’t mean that it’ll last forever. Proper maintenance and inspections are imperative to maintain the integrity of parking garages. Most importantly, any visible signs of damage, including cracks or shifts in ANY part of the structure, are signs of parking garage deterioration.
Parking garage deterioration will happen as the facilities are utilized, and left unchecked, they will worsen over time. It is important to take the appropriate actions to keep up the health of a parking garage, so it lasts longer. Here are several action steps to repair parking garage deterioration and even mitigate it in the future:
When maintaining the integrity of your parking garage, it’s important to select the right person for the job. The JOBS Group connects building managers with the right servicer for the job. Request a consultation with The Valcourt Group to learn more about how your team can get on the path to a better parking garage and full restoration services now.