Creating a parking lot for your business is essential. However, some parking lots seem more trouble than they are worth. Start off on the right foot by creating a parking lot that doesn’t need frequent maintenance. Use stronger materials, consider weather conditions, and install drainage when creating your parking lot.
Use Stronger Materials
Not all asphalt is created equal. Asphalt is made using two materials: stone and sand. These two components are bound together by asphalt cement. Depending on the use of the asphalt, it will have different ratios. For example, asphalt used to pave a home parking space will have a higher composition of sand than gravel. This makes the lot smooth and lighter, but relatively weak and easier to damage. Commercial spaces that support heavy vehicles or frequent traffic should use a higher mixture of gravel to act as a stronger material that will last longer.
Consider Weather Conditions
During the winter, water and debris will melt and freeze, making their way into your parking lot. As they penetrate the surface, their freezing makes the material expand and cause damage to the original surface material. During the spring the ground beneath your parking lot thaws. The swing in temperature is another thing that will negatively impact your lot. Interlocking paving can reduce wear from humidity and temperature changes. If you live in a climate that experiences swings in temperatures, it is wise to look at interlocking paving options. This will prevent the elements from impacting your lot so drastically.
During a storm, water can easily pool in areas of your parking lot. In areas where water is often pooling or running across it, your asphalt may fail early from erosion. Water damage will lead to crumbing, cracking, and potholes. This is why it is important to install a level parking lot that has various drainage options. Prior to pouring the asphalt, conduct a study to see where water pools. Even the ground out and compact with material that will help keep your lot from falling into shambles. Features like swales and retention basins can keep runoff from becoming a problem.
Parking lots need maintenance. They need to be kept clean and have a seal coat every few years. Cut down on the frequency of maintenance required by using stronger materials, considering weather conditions, and installing proper drainage.
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