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Commercial Asphalt Lot Installation: 5 Steps From Start to Finish

Posted by Tom Owings on September 20, 2018


Whether you're a business owner, property manager, or civil engineer you'll likely have to replace an asphalt surface at some point; whether that surface is a road, parking lot, or recreational site.

Asphalt resurfacing produces a final product that will last a while -- sometimes upwards of 20 years. It’s important to choose a contractor who you trust to do a good job, since this asphalt will represent your property for a long time.

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Topics: Asphalt Paving, asphalt milling, site work, Ohio construction

How Much Should You Budget Yearly for Parking Lot Maintenance

Posted by Tom Owings on August 20, 2018

Yearly upkeep on parking lot maintenance offers plenty of benefits to commercial property owners.

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

How to Tell When It’s Time to Repave Your Asphalt Lot

Posted by Tom Owings on July 30, 2018

 

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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

Concrete vs. Asphalt Parking Lots: Which Should You Install?

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 may be comparing the pros and cons of concrete and asphalt parking lots.

The best choice depends on: 

  • 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