Commercial Construction & Contracting Resources

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

How Many Parking Spaces Do You Need in Your Commercial Parking Lot?

Posted by Park Enterprise Construction on May 12, 2018
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Topics: Parking Lot, Asphalt Paving, 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

13 Great General Contracting Companies & Suppliers in Central OH

Posted by Eric Park on May 3, 2018

Yes, we’re blessed with some of the best construction professionals in the business. But we at Park Enterprise Construction Co., Inc. wouldn’t be where we are today - after nearly 30 years in the business - without a little help from our friends.

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Topics: Asphalt Paving, contractors, stone mix, construction aggregate, construction stone, site work, underground utilities, 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

6 Things You Need to Know About Civil Construction Projects

Posted by Eric Park on April 13, 2018

Civil construction projects require honest and upfront communication of your needs and how the contractor proposes to meet them. Both sides should come prepared to hammer out dirty details to achieve a squeaky clean project in the end.

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Topics: Parking Lot, Asphalt Paving, asphalt milling, contractors, demolition contractors, underground utilities, civil construction, regulations, rules, 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

DIY Parking Lot Repair: How to Fix a Pothole in Asphalt

Posted by Tom Owings on March 30, 2018

Potholes in Central OH are a fact of life. Well, in reality, they can pop up pretty much anywhere there’s enough water to erode your asphalt and subbase, coupled with enough traffic to speed up the destruction.

As another harsh winter comes to an end, commercial property owners now should begin looking at some parking lot maintenance tactics to repair the damage. After all, your lot is typically the first physical and visual point of contact customers and visitors have with a business or organization. Not to mention, potholes can be a serious legal liability if people are injured or vehicles incur damage on your property.

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Topics: Parking Lot, Asphalt Paving, asphalt milling, civil construction

Parking Lot Design Tips For a Fresh & Functional Driving Surface

Posted by Tom Owings on March 26, 2018

Commercial property owners typically begin a strong push for site improvement as winter ends and the weather permits spring construction.

You may be looking to repair damage to your asphalt parking lot after a harsh winter. Or perhaps you see this spring as an ideal time to upgrade your stone parking lot into an attractive asphalt lot. Either way, here are some great parking lot design tips to consider as the weather in Central OH breaks.

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Topics: Parking Lot, Asphalt Paving, asphalt milling, Ohio construction