Caring for Paved Surfaces It’s a Paved New World

The pavement you walk and drive upon daily is easy to take for granted—but it's a major part of your condo or HOA's infrastructure. Understanding the materials and methods involved in installing and maintaining a multifamily community's paved surfaces can save everyone a lot of hassle, time and money. Having some clue as to whether the asphalt parking lot just needs a patch job, a major renovation or total replacement can spare you unnecessary capital expenditures, and extend the useful life of your paving.

Whether taking the form of sidewalks, parking lots and slabs, driveways, balconies, pool decks, or outdoor design elements, paved surfaces are everywhere in New Jersey’s condo and HOA communities. Caring for and repairing these acres of asphalt (as well as the community’s concrete, pavers, etc.), is a tedious task. The management has the responsibility of keeping the pavement outside the front doors in good shape; but it’s also in the interest of everyone in a community to keep an eye on these parts of the infrastructure.

Understanding the various materials, methods, and technologies involved in paving located in a multifamily condo or HOA might seem purely the bailiwick of property management, and not a concern of the resident or board member.

Firm Foundations

Knowing about paving means understanding the materials and methods used for such projects—but sometimes the correct material for the project may not be immediately obvious to everyone.

Generally speaking in New Jersey’s residential communities, parking lots are asphalt, and sidewalks, patios and surfaces around pools are concrete. The differences are distinct: asphalt is made of big and small rocks, sand, and petroleum; it’s flexible, and cures over six to 12 months. But strictly speaking, asphalt never really “sets up”—it stays flexible, unlike typical concrete, which becomes a solid, rigid surface after it cures.


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  • I had no clue that something as seemingly inconsequential as the amount of water in concrete could have an effect on how well the concrete lasts. I'm getting ready to pour concrete for a home project, and that's something that's going to be very important to monitor. Thanks for taking the time to share your expertise!