The United States is a nation of many cars and trucks commercial and private, and all those millions of cars and trucks need somewhere to drive around. For over a century, commercial paving services have been hard at work with these paving solutions, and asphalt paving and concrete contractors alike make today’s parking lots, overpasses, and highways possible. In the time of horses and carriages, streets were brick or even just compacted dirt, but that’s not sufficient for modern cars and trucks. Rather, these commercial paving services will do their best to make smooth, tough, and clearly labeled roads, highways, and parking lots for today’s drivers. What might be done when modern American commercial paving services are on the job? And what are the services related to these commercial paving services?
Putting Down Roads
To start with, these commercial paving services need to put down roads and parking lots, and there’s plenty of contractors working hard across the U.S., doing just that. Today, around 3,500 different asphalt mix production sites are in operation, and they produce nearly 350 million tons of asphalt pavement material per year. Today, around 90% (or more) of American parking areas are surfaced with asphalt pavement, and this is the material of choice for most development owners. What is more, the United States is home to 2.2 million miles or so of paved roads, and 94% of them are surfaced with asphalt. This material has proven to be the U.S.’s pavement material of choice, and that may be true well into the future, too. Some pavement may be more smoothly paved, and this results in the pavement’s life being extended as much as 10-25% or so. That also makes for lower maintenance costs, something that commercial paving services and repair crews may appreciate.
When a new building is constructed, there might not yet be a parking lot or nearby roads leading to it, especially in more remote areas. Should this be the case, while the building is being constructed, commercial paving services may be hard at work creating its parking lot and roads that lead to and from it. And if there already is pavement, these commercial paving services may show up to smooth over and fix any faults in its surface before the new building is open for business.
Painting and Cleaning Streets and Parking Lots
Even after these commercial paving services have done a fine job creating parking lots and streets, those finished surfaces need care. Pot holes may appear, and these ugly imperfections may badly damage a vehicle that drives over them, especially at high speed. Frequent complaints of a pot hole may prompt commercial paving services to arrive and fill it in to smooth out the road again. Large cracks can be filled up like caulk, and if a stretch of road is very old and worn out, the best option may be to tear it up and put down entirely new asphalt. This results in a stretch of bare dirt and gravel, but traffic may carefully drive on it while construction crews are on the job. The same may be done for a very old parking lot.
Physical maintenance is important, but so is the cleaning and marking of streets and parking lots. No parking lot or street is bare asphalt; rather, crews will paint lines, arrows, and messages onto the surface to direct and guide traffic. Parking lots may have yellow lines to separate oncoming traffic and the parking zones, and and blue paint may be used to mark specialized handicap-only parking spots near a building’s front doors. This may include painting spacious zones where a handicapped person may easily enter and exit a vehicle and travel between them (ordinary parking spaces are far too narrow and close together for this). On parking lots and roads, arrows and crosswalks may also be painted.
These roads have to be kept clean, too, and after commercial paving services make a road, cleaners and sweepers will keep it attractive and clutter-free. At best, trash and spilled chemicals are unsightly, and at worst, they are obstacles and hazards for vehicles of all sorts. Trashy streets may also be a bio-hazard and drive customers or tenants away from places of business or apartments.