An asphalt pavement is a valuable addition to a commercial property. It can make your property more accessible to customers while providing them safety and comfort in their drive, thereby improving their experience. It also enhances the aesthetics of your property by giving it a more luxurious look that is bound to add to the curb appeal.
Although many property owners are aware of the benefits that come after the pavement is completed, they are often unaware of what comes before and during a paving project. In order to build a sturdy, long-lasting asphalt pavement, planning is perhaps as important as is the execution/construction.
If you want to know how to plan a successful asphalt paving project, then have a look below.
Identify your needs and requirements
Your pavement needs to meet the needs of your commercial property, so you need to have an idea of the number of vehicles that will visit your property on a daily basis. This will help you create a pavement that meets all your parking needs and offers enhanced safety and functionality for a smooth traffic flow. If your pavement does not meet the needs of your commercial facility, you are likely to suffer from downtime as your customers and employees will be inconvenienced.
Inspect the site
Get a detailed inspection done of the site to determine the elevation of the land, soil composition, and other important details so you can carry out the necessary corrections to prepare the site. Several tests need to be conducted on the soil to ensure the site can support the weight of the asphalt pavement and traffic. After the inspection, you will be better prepared for what your site needs (grading, excavation, etc.) for a successful asphalt paving project.
Create a design plan
Create a design plan for your pavement, keeping in mind your property’s unique needs, your requirements (e.g. adding landscaping elements or security features), and ADA guidelines to create a highly functional pavement.
Choose the material
Most people think that concrete and asphalt are the only two paving options available. However, within the category of asphalt, there are many choices. For example, you can opt for porous asphalt if you want a more permeable pavement. Also, you can decide if you want new or recycled asphalt for your project.
Hire a reliable asphalt contractor
The key to success in an asphalt paving project is choosing the right contractor. A professional paving contractor will have the necessary knowledge, skills, and experience to handle any challenges in the paving project to achieve the desired results.
Set the budget
Creating a budget will allow you to execute your project seamlessly and successfully. However, if you do not have the necessary funds in hand for the project, you can – and most likely will – encounter delays. Thus, it is best to make a budget by taking quotes from asphalt paving firms, calculating raw material costs, and more.
Get acquainted with relevant laws and regulations
The success of a commercial paving project is not just in jeopardy due to mistakes in the paving process but also noncompliance with local and state laws, building codes, and regulations. If you do not have the necessary permits or have violated any laws and regulations, then you could incur hefty fines, and your project could be shut down.
Consider all project constraints
To plan a successful asphalt paving project for your commercial property, you need to consider all the project constraints to come up with a unique and viable plan of action. Make sure you take all of the following factors into consideration:
- the project deadline
- the budget
- local weather
- availability of raw materials
- loss of business due to downtime
and other relevant factors into account.