Property owners and managers are often unaware of the challenges in store for them when it comes to parking lots. And we are not just referring to maintenance and repair, but also parking lot paving. When commissioning a parking lot, most people are often clueless about the features, materials, practices, and other nitty-gritty factors, which leaves them vulnerable to the clutches of amateur or dishonest contractors. Thus, before the construction of your new parking lot starts, there are five things you should know.
1. ADA Guidelines
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a civil rights law established in 1990 that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in different areas of life. ADA has fixed guidelines for commercial parking lots. Non-compliance with these guidelines can lead to hefty fines and maybe even a lawsuit from those affected.
The ADA requires commercial parking lots to have a specific number of car and van-accessible parking spots near the entrance and exit points. There are also guidelines regarding service ramps, signage, parking lot striping, accessibility aisles, etc.
2. Parking Lot Design
Always go through the plans for your parking lot design with your contractor to know if space is allocated efficiently. Lanes, the direction of parking spots, entrance/exit, and placement of different features all affect your parking lot’s functionality and customer experience.
Aside from efficient space allocation, perusing over the parking lot design can give you an idea about how your parking lot will look once finished, allowing you to make changes if necessary. Reviewing the plans will help you pinpoint if you missed any crucial guideline or feature because fixing a mistake once the paving is done is costly and near impossible. If you are not confident about your own judgment, you can always have an expert inspect the plans!
3. Parking Needs
Be specific about your parking needs. Knowing how much capacity you require to accommodate traffic at your busiest time can help you provide clients with the best possible experience in the limited space available.
Knowing exactly how many parking spots are required will help you decide if there is room for any additional features or landscape elements, allowing architects to create more effective designs and you to make informed decisions. The ultimate goal is to create a secure parking lot that is aesthetically appealing and is built to capacity.
4. Weather Conditions
Weather can impact the results of your paving project depending on the paving material and technique being used. Hot mix asphalt cannot be used in harsh winter as the cold temperatures will make the asphalt unworkable. Concrete flatwork cannot be done during monsoon or cloudy weather as the concrete will take too long to dry or not cure.
5. Contractor’s Credentials
Before beginning to construct a new parking lot or even commissioning a paving firm, it is imperative that you choose the right contractor. Various firms offer paving solutions, but few provide quality results, which is why you need to check if they are qualified, licensed, and insured. Also, verify from the references they have provided and review their previous projects to get an idea about their work quality. While there is no guarantee, this will help you minimize the risk on your investment.
If you want your paving contractor to be considerate, professional, and budget-friendly, look no further! At C&J Construction, we provide top-notch paving services, commercial excavation, and storm sewer install and repair at economical rates anywhere in Illinois. Connect with us to know more about our quality services today!