So it’s time, once again, to think about investing in pavement. This might not happen to you very often, but most people will deal with a pavement contractor at some point in life, whether for a commercial or residential paving project. Most of the pavement you see out there is either asphalt or concrete, and there are significant pros and cons to each of those – but there are also other types of pavement, like Belgian blocks or tar and chip paving.
Is quality more important for residential jobs, or commercial ones? When it comes to pavement, there is no clear answer. Both are equally important – or at least they should be, if the company doing the work truly cares about its reputation.
That being said, there’s no getting around the fact that commercial paving in particular should demand high standards of quality. After all, the parking lots and walkways around your establishment are a direct reflection on the way you conduct business – and if your parking lot is crumbling and in need of repair, that doesn’t look good to guests and colleagues who stop by.
Faulty pavement can even present safety issues for drivers and pedestrians. It’s common for people to trip over warped pavement, simply because we all expect pavement to be flat. If it’s during the evening, or in an area with shadows, these flaws can be difficult to see. Vehicles can also incur structural damage from navigating warped and broken up pavement.
It’s also worth saying something about line striping. Most owners of a commercial or retail parking lot don’t realize just how easy and affordable it is to have your parking lot re-striped – yet this task seems to slip away from the “to-do” list. Refreshing your line stripes can make a dramatic difference to how your parking lot looks and how safe it is. You can also ask to have your parking lot re-striped in a different way. Why would you do that? Because it allows pressure to be applied in different ways on the pavement, leading to a more even “compression” over time. This can extend the overall lifespan of your pavement.
These are the kinds of things you’re going to know when you connect with a reputable pavement contractor who takes their work seriously. Pavement may not be the first thing on your to-do list – but when you do need pavement installed or repaired, you need a service provider you can trust.
Where to look
Most people will have no trouble using Google to locate commercial paving contractors in their area. The question is, how do you sift through the various companies and find the most suitable and professional company for your commercial pavement project? You don’t want anyone who is going to do things halfway. You don’t want inexperienced crew who might make critical errors and compromise the structural integrity or aesthetic value of your paved surface. You want a contractor who is going to stake their own reputation on the quality and craftsmanship of your parking lot or walkway. After all – when all is said and done, you’ll have the chance to write a review of your own!