Indiana experiences some extreme weather at times. From hot and humid summers to freezing cold winters. All of that change in temperature along with other factors like dirt, chemicals, and oil from cars and other heavy vehicles can negatively impact the surface of your parking lot. It’s easy to ignore a small crack when it first appears, but it’s smart not to. If you want your parking lot to last, and you want to save money, you’d better take the time to fill the cracks in your parking lot.
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Parking lot accessibility is extremely important when you’re building or redesigning a parking lot. You need to meet or exceed all the rules and regulations the Americans with Disabilities Act stipulates. Beyond just meeting the laws, though, meeting ADA standards is a good way to ensure your parking lot patrons will be satisfied with their experience on your property.
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With the current resurgence of urban living, design plays an ever-important role. The key to making cities like Indianapolis desirable hubs is finding the tricky balance between utility and livability. Perhaps surprisingly, the Eskenazi Hospital parking garage, located near the downtown IUPUI campus and White River State Park, presents the perfect example of that balance.
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At DC Construction Services, we’ve written a few blog posts weighing the comparative merits of asphalt and concrete. You can read a broader overview of that debate here. In this post, however, we will be looking at a specific issue—environmental impact. When considering a paving project, which is the “greener” choice: asphalt or concrete? The answer, of course, is not simple. Let’s examine the different factors.
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Multi-use trails have become an essential part of urban living. Here in Indianapolis, we have the popular Monon Rail Trail, which intersects the city and stretches all the way to Westfield in the north. These facilities allow easy public access to green spaces and promote physical activity and alternative modes of transportation, such as running and biking.
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Your commercial parking lot is an incredibly important business tool. Your parking lot offers the first impression of your business to your customers and facilitates the flow of those customers to your doors. Because of this, it is important to make the most effective use of that space. You want to accommodate as many cars as possible while maintaining safety, usability and aesthetics. In this blog post, we offer four tips to help you accomplish this and maximize your parking lot square footage.
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Many business owners and construction companies apply a break/fix model to paving. They wait for damage to occur and then make reactive repairs as the asphalt steadily deteriorates. At DC Construction Services, we take a fundamentally different approach. We treat your asphalt like the investment it is, championing pavement management and preventative maintenance to extend the life of your commercial parking lot. We want you to get the most bang for your buck. To do so, follow these tips for spending your paving budget effectively.
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It’s sealcoating season. If you haven’t already, you should consider undergoing this essential preventative maintenance for your commercial asphalt parking lot. Sealcoating is a treatment that restores the aesthetic and structural integrity of your asphalt and prevents further deterioration. Sealers, emulsions that combine asphalt or refined coal tar with clay, mineral fillers and water are applied to your lot to create a sleek, black protective layer over the asphalt. Continue reading “The Importance of Sealcoating”
April showers bring May flowers; however, spring rain may have additional, adverse consequences for your asphalt parking lot. In a previous blog post, we discussed how the freeze-thaw cycle leads to cracks and damaged asphalt in the winter. However, precipitation in the warmer months, as harmless as it may seem, can lead to damage too. Continue reading “How Does Spring Rain Affect Your Asphalt Parking Lot?”
They say, “You shouldn’t judge a book by its cover.” But they also say, “First impressions count.” Your business’s exterior is your first impression. Before potential customers even walk through the door, they form judgments based on the state of your storefront, your signage, your landscaping and, of course, your parking lot. Spring is the perfect time to refresh, improve your curb appeal and take advantage of every opportunity to impress potential customers. Continue reading “5 Steps to Improve Your Business’s Curb Appeal”