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Avoid expensive repairs, emergencies, and closures with preventative maintenance

Is your parking structure at risk? All of the following are warning signs that it’s time for an assessment, and most likely a repair.

  • Leaks – Does your facility drip when it rains? Water infiltration is the primary cause of structural damage in a parking facility.
  • Gaps – Can you see down through the parking deck? Do you have loose or missing sealant? Sealant joints are the most common location for leaks to occur.
  • Damage – Have you noticed cracking or breaking concrete? This may be a sign of structural movement.

Parking facility maintenance schedule

Not sure where to start? These are the basic maintenance needs of any parking facility.

Protection Systems & Testing


Maintenance Cycle

Parking deck cleaning

Rinse off damaging salt accumulated over the winter months

Every spring

Joint sealants

Keep water out of the facility

Replace every 5-7 years, depending on wear

Expansion joints

Keep water out of the facility and allow thermal movements of the structure

Replace every 5-10 years, depending on wear

Penetrating sealer

Keep water and chlorides out of the parking deck

Reapply every 5-7 years

Waterproofing membrane

Keep water and chlorides out of the parking deck

Recoat every 5-10 years, depending on wear

Chloride ion testing

Determine the level of chloride contamination and risk to internal reinforcement

Test every 5 years


We can help! Shive-Hattery offers a full suite of support for parking structure maintenance, from assessment to repairs and maintenance plans.

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