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Why Do Asphalt Roads Need So Much Repair?

Posted by Tom Owings on July 3, 2018

If you have lived in Marion, Ohio, or one of the surrounding communities for any period of time, you know there is an old joke which says there are only two seasons of the year around here – winter and road construction!

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Pavement Striping and Painting 101: What You Need to Know

Posted by Tom Owings on June 22, 2018

Pavement and parking lot striping or painting is important for several reasons.

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Topics: Parking Lot, Asphalt Paving, civil construction, Ohio construction

9 Tips to Improve the Curb Appeal of Your Business

Posted by Tom Owings on June 2, 2018

Boosting your business curb appeal can have long lasting benefits; you’ll boost brand perception, enhance safety and even create a welcoming exterior for customers to visit.

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Why Does the Asphalt in Front of a Concrete Dumpster Pad Crack?

Posted by Tom Owings on May 31, 2018

If you read our blog about whether or not you need a concrete dumpster pad in your parking lot, you may have been left with this question. The simple answer is “because asphalt is weak for dumpster activity.”

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3 Signs of a Bad Asphalt Parking Lot Base

Posted by Tom Owings on May 18, 2018

What happens beneath an asphalt parking lot will certainly affect what happens at the surface. That’s because asphalt requires a strong base.

Your asphalt carries the weight of the world on its shoulders (well, maybe not the world, but definitely a lot of heavy vehicles). Think of a good subgrade like a great friend asphalt can always rely on for support and to help carry that weight. A bad parking lot base is like a friend who can’t be counted on and who may even stab your asphalt in the back.

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Topics: Parking Lot, Asphalt Paving, civil construction, Ohio construction

Should I Install an Asphalt Parking Lot or a Concrete Parking Lot?

Posted by Tom Owings on May 11, 2018

If you’re ready to update your existing commercial parking lot or install a new one, you’re most likely deciding between asphalt and concrete. Each can be the better choice in certain situations. You’ll have to consider the following variables, among others:

  • Heavy-duty traffic vs. average traffic
  • Regional weather patterns
  • Ongoing maintenance

Here’s an easy breakdown of the benefits of both.

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Topics: Parking Lot, Asphalt Paving, Ohio construction

How to Find ODOT Pre-Qualified Ohio Contractors

Posted by Tom Owings on April 27, 2018

How to Find ODOT Pre-Qualified Ohio Contractors

It's surprisingly easy!

ODOT has a search function specifically for its pre-qualified contractors built into its website. It feels a little spartan, but it does the trick. This tool allows you to search for pre-qualified Ohio contractors for 57 different services, called "Work Types," which you can find listed below.

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Topics: contractors, civil construction, Ohio construction

Asphalt Paving Quality Control Plan & Checklist

Posted by Tom Owings on April 26, 2018

Details are critical. Missing the mark by an inch or even a few degrees of temperature can compromise the structural integrity of your asphalt. Weakness will lead to cracks and crumbling -- leaving you to return for a potentially costly repair, overlay, or new paving years earlier than typically necessary.

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Topics: Asphalt Paving

What is Asphalt Parking Lot Compaction? And Why is It Important?

Posted by Tom Owings on April 19, 2018

You’re standing on an asphalt parking lot. Between your feet and God’s earth below is a certain thickness of asphalt. But it wasn’t that thick when it was laid.

The asphalt was properly compacted (if the contractors knew what they were doing) when the lot was first built or later reconstructed. The hot-mix asphalt (HMA) was spread to a certain thickness before it was rolled and allowed to settle.

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Topics: Parking Lot, Asphalt Paving, civil construction, Ohio construction

Guide: Asphalt Parking Lot Maintenance for Property Owners

Posted by Tom Owings on April 5, 2018

Putting off routine maintenance WILL cost more in the long run. Instead of small maintenance tasks, you’ll need to completely replace your asphalt parking lot. This is expensive for a few reasons:

  • Paving an entire parking lot is expensive. Period.
  • Having sections of your parking lot (or the whole lot) unavailable can deter customers.
  • You may have to temporarily shut down your business for the paving process.
  • You’ll probably have to pay for patches and emergency maintenance before you can actually get it repaved.
  • It’s rare (but possible) that you can run into liability issues if someone injuries themselves or damages their car due to your poorly maintained parking lot.

Click here for a printable parking lot maintenance checklist!

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Topics: Parking Lot, Asphalt Paving, civil construction, Ohio construction