Commercial pavement typically lasts several years before it needs any commercial pavement restoration or repair. However, there are some things that can cause the pavement to fail sooner. The three most common causes are listed below.


While most cities and businesses want to have greenery along sidewalks and outside of businesses, there is always the future problem of overgrown trees. As trees grow up and expand outward, their roots spread out underneath the concrete surrounding them. Eventually the roots push up through the concrete, cracking it and breaking it up. If the trees are not cut down, removed and/or stopped before it gets this far, the bill to restore the pavement increases. Usually the city landscapers and business owners manage this problem before it gets that far.

Vehicles in Excess of the Pavement's Weight Limit

Anyplace where the pavement has a limited weight restriction, there should be signs telling drivers to take a different route. However, not all drivers obey these weight restrictions on the pavement (and some even park on sidewalks!). As a result, the pavement is crushed under the weight of these commercial vehicles. In some cities, the rule-breakers and drivers of these vehicles may be fined the total sum of the repairs for the damaged concrete and/or asphalt, plus any other fees for ignoring the signs.


If you ever visit California for any great length of time, you will see pavement split during an earthquake. If you are really unlucky, you may even see that pavement split and break up right in front of you. Earthquakes cost thousands of dollars of damage to sidewalks, streets, and freeways/highways every year. Despite the engineering efforts to create pavement that is resistant to earthquakes, some damage is still inevitable and has to be repaired promptly.

If You See Any of These Damages Outside Your Business

If you see any of these damages to the pavement occurring right outside of your business, report it first to your city office. Some of the damages, especially if they are of the natural disaster type, may be repaired and paid for by the city, county, and/or state government. If the damages are not covered by government offices, then they will tell you that you are responsible for making the restorations and repairs and give you a time frame in which they expect all of those repairs to the pavement to be completed.