Pavement Solutions provide construction, maintenance and repair services for commercial asphalt and concrete surfaces. The company also offers permeable paving solutions.
Transportation engineers and practitioners need to be aware of the impact of climate change on road asphalt pavements and know about different paving solutions that can mitigate those impacts.
Unlike traditional asphalt and concrete, permeable pavement allows stormwater to infiltrate through the surface instead of flowing over it. This allows rainwater to be absorbed into the groundwater table, which helps prevent water runoff from contaminating local waterways. These pavement solutions can include pervious concrete, open pore pavers or plastic modular grids that allow grass to grow through them.
These paving options help create sustainable urban drainage systems that reduce the amount of water that makes its way back into the natural water system. These pavers also help protect waterways from pollutants such as oil, rubber or chemicals that tend to gather on paved surfaces during dry seasons and make their way into the water supply during rainfall. In areas with these paving options, those pollutants are slowly filtered out as the water makes its way through the different levels of aggregate stone in the paved area.
In addition, these types of paving options help reduce the effect of the urban heat island, as they provide small opportunities for plant life to grow throughout a paved landscape. The plants that grow between these pavers and the soil underneath them act as a filter for rainwater, which helps reduce the concentration of certain pollutants either physically (through adsorption), chemically (through microbial activity) or biologically (through the growth of vegetation).
Another benefit of these paving options is their ability to help stabilize the surrounding soil. Since traditional paved surfaces tend to create high erosion rates, pervious paving helps reduce the loss of valuable topsoil. This is especially beneficial in rural areas where runoff can wash away soil that may otherwise be able to support crops or wildlife.
Permeable pavements can be installed in a variety of settings, including driveways, parking areas and roads for light vehicular traffic. They can also be used in residential areas for sidewalks and paths. In order to retain their infiltration capabilities, these types of paving require periodic maintenance. They should be vaccuumed regularly to remove sediments and clogging. It is best to use an industrial vacuum that is not only powerful but has the right nozzles to ensure that all the sediments are removed from the paved area.
Sealcoating is the process of applying a thin layer of protective material over asphalt surfaces. Its main purpose is to prevent the asphalt from degrading due to rain, water, UV rays, motor oil, gasoline and other chemicals that can break down the binder. This helps prolong the life of the pavement and saves money in replacement costs.
The emulsion used in seal coating is made up of coal-tar, asphalt or acrylic liquids mixed with silica sand, polymer additives and various fillers. The liquids are spread over the pavement using pressurized spray equipment or self-propelled squeegee machines. The surface should be completely clean before the application process begins. If there is dirt or mud on the asphalt, it will not adhere to the new coating and will be prone to cracking once it dries.
Once the seal coat is applied, workers will need to let it cure for 24 hours before vehicles can be driven on the surface again. It is recommended that a driveway or parking lot be sealcoated every 1-2 years to extend the life of the asphalt and prevent costly repairs.
In addition to extending the life of your asphalt, sealcoating can beautify the appearance of your property. The black, shiny surface gives the area a brand-new look and helps to hide minor cracks. It also reduces the risk of slips and falls, as it contains additives to add friction to the asphalt when wet.
Both paving and sealcoating are essential for long-lasting, attractive surfaces that will last for years to come. If you’re interested in either one of these services or would like to learn more, contact us today!
We’re happy to answer any questions you have and can provide references for past projects. We are also fully licensed and insured to complete the work you need. Our crews are always on-time and professional. We look forward to working with you! You can expect the highest quality workmanship, from start to finish. We strive to exceed your expectations every time. We are proud of our work and stand behind it 100%.
Parking Lot Maintenance
The most efficient and cost-effective method for maximizing parking lot pavement life is preventative maintenance. Smart facility managers understand the warning signs, such as raveling and transverse, longitudinal, or minor block cracking, that indicate it’s time to call for repairs or even replacement. Preventive maintenance also includes regular sweeping, crack sealing, and sealcoating.
During the late winter and early spring, many paving contractors start ramping up operations. They hire more crew members and back-office support, work extended hours, and offer reduced prices for buying material in bulk. These factors reduce labor costs and speed up paving projects, which saves money for both the contractor and their client.
A Parking Lot Management Plan (PLMP) is a systemic approach for optimizing parking lot maintenance. It involves assessing current and future parking lot conditions, maintenance and rehabilitation alternatives, funding, and priorities. Using the PLMP, a team of experts can develop and implement maintenance and rehabilitation plans and schedules to achieve desired results.
Properly maintaining your commercial asphalt parking lot is a critical component of keeping traffic flowing smoothly and avoiding costly repairs or full replacement. In addition to routine sweeping, which removes dirt and debris, it’s important to keep an eye out for drainage problems. Frequently, these are caused by clogged catch basins or other block-and-grate-casting, blocks, or mortar joints that allow water to enter the substrate, leading to structural degradation and pavement failure. Drainage issues are usually easy to repair with surface repair, whereas cracks that go down to the base and cause buckling may require a full replacement.
Another common problem is potholes, which not only damage the tires, wheels and suspension of vehicles but reflect poorly on your property and customer satisfaction. They also pose safety concerns and are a breeding ground for bacteria. Most potholes can be filled with asphalt patching or hot-mix, but if they are too extensive or ongoing, a full replacement is often the best option.
The last thing you want is a dilapidated parking lot that turns off customers and looks shabby and unprofessional. This is why it’s essential to have a process in place that triggers frequent upkeep tasks, such as CMMS or an automated scheduling software.
Whether you need simple line markings to designate parking spaces or more complex images, such as those that indicate accessible parking spaces, we can provide both thermoplastic and paint striping. Unlike standard house paint, our specialty striping materials are durable and will not peel or fade over time. We also offer ADA compliant pavement marking and signage to ensure your facility is in compliance with the law. Pavement Solutions provides construction, maintenance and repair services for asphalt and concrete surfaces on commercial property throughout the contiguous United States. We are committed to delivering value-based recommendations that protect and preserve asphalt and concrete investments.