Spring Cleanup!

Smart Spring Spruce-Up

Spring is finally here! The sun is shining, flowers are blooming and folks are emerging from their winter cocoons. Of course, that bright sun and extra traffic could be illuminating some areas of need around your property. The warmer weather is a great time to do some spring cleaning and maintenance so that your facilities are putting their best foot forward.

General Interior Maintenance

Now is the time to do those little repair and maintenance jobs you’ve been putting off during the cold months. Hopefully you’ve kept a to-do list along the way. If not, just take a stroll through your buildings and ask your tenants. They are sure to tell you what needs to be done. Here are some ideas:

  • Clean or replace all filters in your HVAC system
  • Test smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, sprinkler and other emergency systems and perform any needed maintenance
  • Test the air conditioning system and perform any needed maintenance
  • Flush water heaters
  • Repair leaking pipes
  • Repair drywall and baseboards
  • Repaint walls

Team Cam can help you with any general maintenance needs, from seasonal repairs to all-inclusive maintenance packages. Your contract will be customized to the size of your property and your specific needs.

Aside from general internal maintenance, spring is also a great time to update and modernize your facility in order to attract new tenants. Team Cam will work within your budget to handle any improvements you might need quickly and efficiently. We guarantee 100 percent satisfaction.

General Exterior Maintenance

Your grounds, parking lots, driveways and structures take a beating during the winter. Now is the time to freshen them up. Again, take a walk and try to look at your property through the eyes of tenants and their customers. Here are some projects (big and small) to consider:

  • Replace damaged windows and screens and re-caulk window frames
  • Inspect and repair roof shingles or tiles
  • Inspect and repair foundation and exterior wall cracks
  • Repair potholes and other broken asphalt
  • Repair curbs, sidewalks and other broken concrete
  • Repaint parking lot lines
  • Inspect and repair exterior signs
  • Clean debris out of gutters and downspouts
  • Flush and maintain exterior drains
  • Clean up plants, trees and other landscaping

Although this looks like a long list, a partner like Team Cam can help you knock out most of these chores in no time. We’ll come out to your property, provide a detailed quote for all services and a timeline for completion. You can enjoy spring and still feel like you’ve gotten something accomplished.

General Exterior Cleaning

Of course, sometimes all it takes is just some simple soap and water to make things seem new again. After months of snow, wind, ice, salt and debris flying around, your exteriors probably look a little drab. Team Cam offers complete pressure washing to remove caked on dirt from your buildings, parking lot, sidewalks, fences and garages. Everything from dirt to graffiti is no match for Team Cam’s eco-friendly system.  Depending on your needs, only water could be used to clean. For extra tough jobs, a special chemical is used. Rust, mold, grease, paint and gum will disappear with just one application. For surfaces like awnings and windows, Team Cam will hand wash and treat the surface before sealing it. Call us for a quote in as little as 24 hours. We take pride in our customer service. You’ll get exactly what your property needs for a renewed and refreshed spring season.

Spring has Sprung!
With a little bit of planning and a good vendor partner like Team Cam, your to-do list will be done in no time. Get out and enjoy the sun.

 

 

 

 

ADA Compliance: What You Need To Know

ADA, What?

We hope that all property managers are aware of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  The ADA Standards for Accessible Design has been around since 2010. This federal law prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities by ensuring equal access and services to those individuals. These laws mandate that businesses remove architectural barriers so that they are completely accessible to people with disabilities.

But Who’s Responsible?

When it comes right down to it, who’s responsible to make and keep your facility accessible? For example, if a new tenant requires ADA accessible public bathrooms as part of their build-out, should that improvement be on your dime or theirs? What about handicapped parking spaces? Or accessible doorways and ramps?

Under the ADA rules, both a tenant and owner are subject to compliance. This includes not only installation of accessible elements but also their maintenance. Allocation of responsibility should be negotiated in each commercial lease.  The clearest way to do this is with a “compliance with laws” clause. This clause will list the responsibilities of each party as it pertains to all laws, including the ADA. Some leases favor the tenant, some favor the landlord and some are equally weighted. One way to divide up responsibility is to assign the exterior structure and common areas to the landlord and the interior structure and systems to the tenant. However the responsibilities are assigned, it’s important to have this clause in the lease so that compliance responsibility is clear. Nevertheless, if a tenant is responsible to maintain and repair an element but does not do so, the property could still be held responsible for noncompliance.

Noncompliance with ADA laws can carry huge consequences. If evidence of inaccessibility is reported to the Department of Justice, it will demand correction and could start litigation. The cost of noncompliance is not something you want to take on. It’s in your best interest as a property manager to stay on top of your facility when it comes to ADA regulations. You can find more information on the rules and who is responsible at this link.

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Protect Yourself and Your Tenants

Experts recommend that a facility should evaluate a property for accessibility compliance and create a correction plan every five years. There are many elements that can easily fall out of compliance if you are not on top of them. Here are just some of the things that should be evaluated:

Parking:  Every commercial facility must provide accessible parking spaces for handicap permitted cars and vans. How many the property need depends on the total number of parking spots available. One of every six spaces in your parking lot must be van accessible. An accessible parking space must have an access aisle, so that a person using a wheelchair or other mobility device can get in and out of their vehicle.

As your facility grows, make sure to keep up with your accessible parking needs. Also, it’s imperative to keep your parking spaces well marked so that accessibility is clear. Team Cam can help you to restripe your lot quickly and efficiently so that you stay in compliance with ADA standards.  We suggest that you restripe your parking lot every 12 to 18 months.

Exterior and Interior Access: Evaluating how people arrive at and move through your facility will identify existing or new barriers to accessibility that must be removed. ADA regulations require the following for barrier removal:

  • Facilities must provide access from public sidewalks, parking areas and public transportation
  • Facilities must provide access to the businesses within your facility
  • Facilities must provide access to public restrooms
  • Facilities must remove barriers to other amenities offered to the public, such as drinking fountains and other common areas

As you look at these access points more closely, remember that you must provide a “path of travel”. According to the ADA, a “path of travel” includes a continuous, unobstructed way of passage into and within a facility.  An accessible “path of travel” involves sidewalks, curb ramps and other interior or exterior ramps; clear floor paths through lobbies, corridors, units, rooms and other improved areas; parking access aisles and elevators. These paths also include easy access to restrooms and drinking fountains. These paths must be wide enough for wheelchairs, completely free of debris or other obstructions and fully functional.

Exterior ramps such as curb ramps and ramps to exterior doorways are especially critical because weather and use can wear them down rather quickly. Repairing and replacing these elements should be at the top of your ADA correction plan. Team Cam can help you ensure your ramps are at their best so that your property is in compliance.

During the evaluation and correction stage, ensure that your interior access is still in ADA compliance. As you add tenants and make improvements, it’s easy to forget about these regulations.  As stated above, your lease may assign the responsibility for interior compliance to your tenants but in the end, you may still be held responsible for any infractions. If corrections need to be made, Team Cam can work with you and your tenants to provide a detailed plan and budget to make the project as painless as possible.

In the end, it’s the right thing to do

Yes, regulations can be a huge pain and can cost you money. But ADA regulations are necessary to ensure that all Americans are able to have access to places of business, education, housing and more. Don’t forget, the more people who visit your property, the better your tenants’ business will be. It’s worth it.

 

 

Potholes: Why They Occur and How To Fix Them

The Life of a Pothole
There are fewer things more annoying to a property manager than chronic pothole issues. Potholes can be a major problem for any commercial property. Not just annoying, potholes pose liability potential for trip and fall and vehicle damage lawsuits. And they can make your property look in disrepair and sloppily maintained.

The causes of potholes include:

• Poor design and construction of your parking lot or driveway
• Amount and weight of traffic on your property
• Insufficient water drainage
• Constant bad weather
• Insufficient maintenance of the asphalt

Potholes occur when water penetrates the top layer of asphalt through cracks. When the moisture freezes and expands, the pavement buckles. As vehicles drive over the cracks, the weight breaks the asphalt and it is forced up and out.

Potholes happen most often in the spring after the frozen ground thaws. The best defense against this annual annoyance is a regular maintenance plan. This means not only fixing the holes that appear in the spring, but patching the cracks where potholes start before the snow flies in the fall. By eliminating as many places were potholes can occur, you’ll minimize the expense of repairing them later. Being proactive about your pavement maintenance can potentially save you thousands of dollars in the long run.

First impressions count. It is good business to keep up with potholes because the outside of your property is the first thing potential tenants will see when approaching your facility. Your curb appeal greatly improves with the elimination of cracked asphalt and potholes.

Of course, the safety and accessibility of your property for your vendors, partners, tenants and their customers is also a consideration. It is your responsibility to protect these people and your property by making sure that there is a minimal chance of accidents happening.

Here are some common asphalt repair methods:

Throw-and-roll: In this patching method, liquid asphalt is poured into a hole or a crack and then compressed with a heavy vehicle or roller. This is only a very temporary fix. It is typically done in the winter when an emergency fix is required. It will not be a permanent repair but will get you through the rest of the cold season.

Edge seal repair: This is the throw and roll method with another step added. After the patch is rolled over with a heavy vehicle, asphalt tack material is added along the edge of the patch, overlapping the pavement and the patch. The seal helps maintain the fix a little longer.

Semi-permanent patches: This method lasts longer and requires some preparation. Debris and pooled water first must be removed. It’s usually easiest to use an air compressor for that first step. Then the area to be patched is made wider and deeper. The prepared hole is then filled with an asphalt patching combination and flattened with a roller.

Spray injection method: This method requires special equipment that is used to first eliminate debris and excess water with a high-pressure spray. Then, the same spray equipment is used to inject the patching material into the hole. Since the process is done at high pressure, no compression is required.

Full-depth patching: This technique is a permanent fix. It involves digging the affected area to a depth of four or more inches and at least one foot wide. A tack coat is applied, then an asphalt mix is added and then a backfill. These three layers ensure a proper bond so that the asphalt is strong and solid.

Whatever method you choose to repair and maintain your potholes, Team Cam can help. Our specialized team has years of expertise and can ensure a long lasting, high quality repair solution. We’ll come out, inspect your property and get you a free quote in as little as 24 hours.

Like death and taxes, potholes are inevitable. You can’t ignore them, so having a maintenance plan is the next best thing to limiting their ability to annoy you.

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Don’t Put Off Scheduling Your Exterior Painting Projects

DON’T JUDGE A BOOK…

You know how that saying ends, as well as the meaning behind it. Here’s another truism. You only have one chance to make a first impression.

The first thing your tenants and their customers see is the outside of your buildings. It’s important that the exterior is appealing. Regular exterior painting is an essential part of keeping your property viable in a competitive market.

It’s Not Just Choosing Colors

Paint is not just paint. Yes, a new coat of paint will brighten and update a building’s appearance. The right paint will also protect surfaces from deterioration by moisture and pollution. This is especially important in colder climates when snow, ice and salt can sustain maximum damage in a short period of time. You should also take into consideration whether you need paint that is textured, fire-resistant or low VOC when deciding on exterior paint. You can even choose paint that reflects light from the sun which will reduce the amount of heat absorbed by exterior surfaces. It’s imperative to choose the right kind of paint for your property’s exterior surfaces and for the amount of protection your property needs. A good painting contractor like Team Cam will work with you to recommend the right paint solution for your needs.

Color IS Important

Your property’s exterior color can be a defining feature. A well-chosen exterior color brings character and life to an otherwise nondescript property. The trend toward more interesting exterior colors has become increasingly prevalent in commercial buildings as an effort to stand out from the competition and be more appealing to prospective tenants. Although white or beige will always be the most popular and safest choice, if you are in the position to think creatively about your property’s exterior color, you should feel confident in doing so.

Preparation

Any painting project should always start with a good cleaning. In order for the new paint job to last and look great, your painting contractor must first address what’s already there.

Team Cam will start by removing anything undesirable from exterior surfaces including rust, debris and old paint. This is also a good time to fix dry rot and other damage so that your exterior walls are strong and secure. Each exterior wall is pressure washed with an eco-friendly detergent to eliminate grime, moss and mildew. If certain exterior walls are more fragile than others, they are cleaned by hand.

After the walls are dry, Team Cam will scrape the old paint away and smooth the surface and edges. This is an important step to ensure a smooth finish. This is also the last chance to fix cracks and other exterior damage. Wall cracks should be caulked with a long-lasting caulk to prevent moisture and insects from entering and causing damage. Once this is all accomplished, a good painting contractor like Team Cam will use a bonding agent to ensure that the new paint adheres to the surface and to prevent moisture from compromising the walls beneath.

Now, it’s time to paint!

Timing

Obviously, it’s best to schedule exterior painting projects in good weather. However, it’s also important to consider your tenants’ business cycles and your budget cycle as well. Try to schedule a painting project away from potential new landscaping projects so your contractors are not competing for space and causing a lot of disruption outside your building. A good painting contractor will work with you to choose a schedule that works for you and your tenants.

With the right exterior painting contractor, your book will be dynamic and your first impressions will be solid. Call Team Cam at 443-304-2237 for more information on how we can help.

Dealing With a Commercial Property Fire

WHAT FIRE?!

You live in fear of that phone call. There is a fire at your property. According to the US Fire Administration, there were more than 99,000 fires in nonresidential buildings in 2014. The USFA estimate that these fires cost about $2.6 million in losses.

Unexpected fire damage to your property can derail both your tenants’ business and your own. Of course, there is also the danger of potential injury or loss of life. To state the obvious, fire is a deadly event that must be avoided at all costs. But when and if it does happen on your property, are you prepared? Do you have a plan to lessen risk, assess a situation, ensure tenant and customer safety, and restore the property to working condition as soon as possible? If not, here’s some steps to get you started.

Make a plan

First things first, you need a fire safety and response plan. When disasters like a fire strikes, the actions you and your staff take in the first few minutes are critical. With a timely response, you can literally save lives as well as reduce damage. It can make the difference between an expensive loss with a long restoration and a quick recovery.

Your fire safety and response plan should include:

  1. An emergency contact plan – This is a detailed strategy on who is contacted and in what order in the event of any fire. This should include emergency departments, property owners/management, security personnel, utility departments and neighboring businesses.
  2. Tactics to ensure that all tenants are safe and secure
  3. Procedures to minimize damage, such as closing doors and windows
  4. Strategies to secure the property
  5. Steps to restoring order and calm as soon as possible

This is a general overview of a fire safety plan. A typical commercial property safety plan is a detailed document that includes responsibilities and contact information for everyone involved as well as critical building schematics with exit plans. The document could also have procedures for fire drills and for maintaining fire systems. The fire safety and response plan should be available for review at any time and updated regularly. It’s worth the extra time spent on planning for disasters like a fire so that if it happens, you are prepared to protect your property and your business.

Everyone’s Safe, Now What?

Once the fire is out and everyone is secure, it’s time to shift into restoration mode. These steps should also be detailed in your fire safety and response plan. The days following a fire are critical. From assessing structural damage to reassuring tenants to cleaning up smoke and water damage, the list of things to do following a fire is daunting and overwhelming.

Before you do anything, you must ensure the property is safe. Do not allow anyone back on the premises until the local fire department says it is safe to do so.

Once it is safe, here are some things to do:

  • Thoroughly check for structural, smoke and water damage in affected areas
  • Board up or block off dangerous areas
  • Thoroughly inspect utilities and systems for damage
  • Make a list of necessary repairs and rebuilds in affected areas
  • Contact a local service like Team Cam to help you clean up and restore affected areas

Consulting a professional is important to keeping your property safe and ensuring that any damage is addressed properly. Team Cam will work with you to perform a thorough cleanout and sanitization of the property and will make sure all repairs and restorations are completed to your specifications. The team will map out the entire project with a detailed timeline and budget.

Every day you spend on fire restoration can mean dollars lost in revenue. With Team Cam, you can feel confident that your restoration will be completed on time and on budget.

For more information on Team Cam’s fire damage mitigation process, give us a call at 443-304-2237.

Get Moving On Your Winter Projects

Winter is the time for bears and other lucky animals to hibernate. But busy property managers do not have the luxury of long naps during the winter months. There’s much to be done. Along with keeping up with your essential day-to-day tasks, the colder days are also an optimal time to tackle some of the necessary interior updates every building needs.

Plan Ahead

It’s always best to make a yearly strategy for your building improvements. You can then budget accordingly as well as contract with the best vendors. Choose a contractor like Team Cam that will provide itemized budget estimates and timelines as well as detailed plans and blueprints. Review the prospective vendor’s portfolio of similar work. Make an informed choice and schedule the project with time to spare. This will cut down on surprises and give your tenants plenty of notice.

But what are the best projects to tackle? Read on!

Stay Inside!

It may be cold and wet outside, but inside is where it’s at! Winter is the perfect time to update your buildings’ interior with a fresh coat of paint.

Paint can seem like a simple way to enhance a building but it takes an expert to do it right. No two walls are alike. No two fixtures, trims, finishes, etc. are alike. Each surface needs a certain paint solution. Team Cam are experts at providing the right technique for the right surface. Your building will look brand new when the work is done.

Look Down

As you battle the snow and slush on your sidewalks outside, make sure to address the floors inside. If it’s time to restore the flooring in common areas or in tenant spaces, Team Cam offers extensive flooring solutions including dust control applications, corrosion control, epoxy flooring and polishing, self-leveling applications, secondary containment and more. If you need to replace your floors all together, Team Cam can guide you to make the right choices for your property, including options for customization or new materials.

That Long List of Repairs

You take pride in your property but the number of needed repairs both small and large can be overwhelming. The winter months are a great time to tackle those nagging little projects. Take a walk around your property and start a list. Here are some ideas to start:

  • Repair drywall
  • Repair fixtures and furnishings
  • Refresh or repair interior signage
  • Repair electrical systems
  • Repair plumbing
  • Repair HVAC systems

After you’ve got your list finalized, contract with a vendor like Team Cam that can do the work for you. There’s no need to find multiple sub-contractors. Team Cam’s combination of experience, knowledge and customer service makes them the right choice for every project.

What Else?

Of course, there’s always those improvement projects that you’ve always wanted to do. Winter is a great time to accomplish construction build-outs and enhancements that will take your building to the next level. Check out our blog on tenant improvements for tips and tricks on how to handle that process. No matter what your improvement plans are, Team Cam will provide a detailed plan to complete the project under budget and in a timely manner.

Wake Up!
Winter is no time to hibernate. With a little bit of planning and help from an expert partner, you can spend the colder months strategically maximizing the benefits of interior property improvements and upgrades.

Navigating Tenant Improvements

To Improve or Not to Improve?

Tenant improvements can be a headache but they are often a necessary evil if a property wants to attract qualified tenants. Here are some useful strategies to consider when offering and funding tenant improvements.

First, let’s define….

The official description of tenant improvements, also known as leasehold improvements, is the made-to-order modifications a property manager makes to a rental space in order to configure the space for the needs of a particular tenant. These changes could include adjustments to or the addition of walls, floorings, ceilings, systems or fixtures. The lease agreement should itemize these enhancements as well as address how they will be completed and who is responsible for payment.

When should you?

It’s a given that almost every potential commercial tenant will ask for changes. Whether these alterations are cosmetic or more complex, the first question back to the tenant should be “Is it necessary to operate your business?” If a prospective tenant “needs” a calming blue wall in order to effectively run their new spa or new carpet because they hate the existing carpet color, you may want to push back and offer them an alternative incentive to sign a lease. However, if a prospective tenant plans to install a room full of automated dishwashing equipment to run a new restaurant, then updating the plumbing is probably a good idea.

Of course, the extent of these enhancements may depend more on your building or the space in question than the prospective tenant. If the building’s existing improvements are older or if the prior uses of the space are different than the intended new uses, these changes could be necessary in order to make the space viable for any tenant.

So you’ve agreed to tenant improvements, now what?

As we’ve said, it’s smart to include all improvement details in the official lease. Here are a few important questions to answer:

  • What are the improvements to be made?
  • Who is making the improvements?
  • Who is paying for the improvements?

Let’s address the details for each question.

The “what” sounds easy but it’s best to be as thorough as possible here. Think about the cost differences between laminate and granite countertops. Offering parameters for all planned improvements will set expectations and keep everyone on the same page. Make sure to list all modifications to be made, no matter how small. It will save you time, money and headaches in the long run.

Both “who” questions are important. First, who is doing the work? As the property manager, you can strongly suggest or even require that preferred vendors complete the work. This is especially important for older properties or for spaces that need special amendments such as commercial plumbing or custom wiring. Choose a vendor like Team Cam that is bonded, insured and can show similar previous completed work. Team Cam will also provide itemized budget estimates as well as detailed drawings, plans and blueprints.

There are several ways to handle the payment question. Most property managers give a tenant an allowance for improvements. The property pays up to the allowance amount. Any extra charges are paid by the tenant. This is a good strategy because the property maintains control over the budget yet you don’t have to micromanage the process. A property manager could also give the tenant a rental discount and let the tenant use the savings to manage their improvements. It would be then up to the tenant to make sure the changes are made on budget. This leaves the control completely in the tenant’s hands. This could be perceived as either good or bad, depending on your management style and your property’s best practices.

Property managers who like to have more control should consider offering a “build out” allowance. In this scenario, the property offers a specific list of improvements for a tenant to choose from. The property is responsible for doing and paying for the work. This is best when only limited or cosmetic alterations are needed. It doesn’t make sense to do this if the space needs custom work. Of course, a property manager could always just agree to manage and pay for the work before the tenant moves in, therefore creating a “turn-key” commercial space ready for opening day. You would have complete control with this strategy but it could get expensive and time-consuming.

Get that lease signed

Tenant improvements are a solid business decision when looking to fill your commercial properties with qualified tenants. If you have questions about how to make tenant improvements work for your property, call Team Cam today for fast reliable customer service and reasonable prices.

Commercial Snow Removal – What You Need To Know

Winter Wonderland?

Who coined the phrase “Winter Wonderland”? Obviously, someone who isn’t a property manager! Has that person seen the mess that snow and ice make on roads, driveways, sidewalks and roofs, not to mention how treacherous it can be? Snow and ice may look pretty (at least until a hundred cars drive over it) but to you and other community managers, it’s a nuisance and a lot of work. Winter wonderland indeed! Bah humbug.

Not only is the cold icy stuff a pain, it’s also a liability and expensive. Here are some things you DON’T want to happen in the wake of bad weather:

  • A resident is severely injured due to falling on ice on the sidewalk
  • A car accident or stuck delivery truck in your parking lot closes the lot to all residents so that they must find alternate parking
  • Operations at and deliveries to your property slow or stop completely due to building inaccessibility
  • An ice dam causes pipes to freeze or a roof caves in due to heavy snow

As you can see, it’s not just about snow plowing or sidewalk shoveling. Hiring a service provider to deal with ice and snow in your community is one of the most important safety, legal and financial decisions you’ll make all year. Snow plowing contractors have the experience and equipment to do the job. You won’t lose employees to time spent on snow shoveling nor will you lose them to snow related injuries. Also, the Snow and Ice Management Association (SIMA) reports that slip and fall lawsuits are on the rise. iHiring a professional contractor lowers your risk. Ultimately, using a reputable commercial snow plowing service ensures your residents and employees are safe and happy, maybe even enjoying the winter wonderland!

Planning Ahead for Stress Free Snow

The key to a stress free winter season is planning. There is much that can be done before the snow flies. A good property manager uses the warm months to review their existing contract with their snow plowing contractor, negotiate a new contract and/or look for a new service provider. SIMA recommends starting no later than early September to be ready for the white stuff.

Choose the contract that best fits your needs and budget. It’s always best to contract for as many services as you need and for the whole season in order to maximize consistency and budget. You don’t want to have unshoveled walks but plowed parking places or vice versa. Nor do you want to run out of budget if this winter is especially snowy.

Make sure to consider snow removal and roof shoveling. In really bad winters, you may need snow piling up in your parking lot removed from your property. Roof shoveling is also an important service to avoid cave-ins and ice dams. There are also services available to de-ice pavement after a storm and pretreating pavement before a storm.

A forward-thinking property manager will work with a contractor to develop a comprehensive response plan during the warm months. Expectations should be set for each service and for each type of weather event so that all parties are on the same page. This would include expected response times, locations for each service, equipment and products used and services provided in each situation, expected and unexpected. A reputable service provider will be happy to work with you to develop a solid plan that maximizes your budget and minimizes time spent under snow and ice. It’s a best practice to walk the property with a contractor to identify locations to avoid when blanketed by snow. Also identify sidewalks, curbs, trash receptacles and mailboxes that need clearing as well as locations where it is OK to pile snow and where it is not OK to pile snow. A good contractor will also ask to what depth the snow can be piled before you’d like it to be removed.

Finding Expert Help

Before you seek out help, be sure to determine a scope of work that outlines what you are expecting in terms of services and timeline. Be as specific as possible when creating your plan. Include your budget and any requirements your organization may have for outside service providers.

You want to find a snow plowing/removal contractor who will be your winter weather partner, not your winter weather enemy.

Don’t be a Scrooge this winter.

With a little bit of planning and foresight, your property will be blanketed in a winter wonderland of snow and no one will be inconvenienced or hurt. Call Team Cam today for fast reliable service and reasonable prices. Let it snow, let in snow, let it snow!

Why Is Sealcoating Important?

You have probably made a substantial investment in your pavement, whether the material you’ve used is asphalt or concrete. Most commercial property owners choose asphalt for paving their driveways, roadways, and parking lots. Though this material is of good quality and is durable, it will still suffer from exposure to extreme heat in summer and extreme cold in winter.

As a result, cracks and crevices will appear due to expansion and contraction. If not repaired and sealed, this will shorten the lifetime of the asphalt. This is the main reason why sealcoating is the most important aspect of maintaining driveways, roadways and parking lots.

By sealcoating:

  • You will slow down the damage caused by oxidation
  • You will improve the visual appearance of your pavement
  • Your pavement will be safer to walk on and comfortable to drive on, because it won’t have cracks and holes.

Important Facts About Sealcoating

First of all, sealcoating is not a DIY project, even if the area to be seal coated is small and relatively easy to manage. If you want good results, please bear in mind that only a professional who is well-versed in sealcoating will provide a quality result, without taking too much time or wasting sealing material.

Secondly, sealcoating needs to be done regularly. Therefore, make it a habit to inspect your property every few months, at the beginning and end of every season.  Sealcoating professionals can perform this inspection and advise whether your pavement or parking lot needs sealing.

Your paved surface will see the following benefits from sealcoating:

1. Your parking lot will be protected from UV rays from the sun and will not suffer from rapid oxidation.
2. Your property will create a great first impression to tenants and visitors.
3. Sealcoating prevents water penetration, which can eat away the bottom layer of your driveway or parking lot.
4. It’s more cost effective to sealcoat as opposed to repairing and replacing when damage has already occurred.
5. It makes other treatment or repair methods more durable and effective. For instance, sealcoating after repairing a pothole will lower the likelihood of another pothole appearing.
6. You’ll provide protection against chemical penetration from oils or cleaning products.

Note that when using a professional sealcoating contractor like Team Cam, you will get the benefits of professional-grade sealers. If you do the sealing yourself, you will only have access to consumer grade sealing products, which may not be as effective or durable.

To get a fast sealcoating estimate, call Team Cam today!

The Team has been busy in Gaithersburg, MD

The Team has been busy in Gaithersburg, MD repairing and painting EFIS at the Gaithersburg Presbyterian Church! We have done EFIS repair at the base and hail damage repairs throughout the tower, caulking around the windows and down the front tower and at entry doors, and put 2 new coats of acrylic paint on the tower!