Concrete Parking Lot VS Asphalt Parking Lot


If you are a business owner constructing or resurfacing your commercial parking lot, one of the first questions to cross your mind will probably be, “Which should I use: concrete or asphalt?” To answer this question there are many important factors to consider: cost, durability, maintenance, environmental impact, aesthetics and more. There is no simple choice; each material has its advantages and disadvantages. This blog offers a comparison of concrete and asphalt so that you can make an informed decision about what it best for your business.  

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When looking to install a new asphalt parking lot, business owners are faced with the question of whether to resurface or fully replace their existing lot. Resurfacing is different from sealcoating. Sealcoating is applying a protective sealer over asphalt pavement as regular, preventative maintenance; resurfacing is installing asphalt over an existing parking lot. Many business owners choose to resurface, rather than replace, their parking lots as a cost-saving measure. However, a resurfaced parking lot typically does not last as long as a replaced parking lot.  When deciding whether to resurface or to repave, it is important for business owners to consider all of the options.


How Do You Know When To Get Your Parking Lot Re-Sealed Or Re-Paved?

Maintaining your commercial parking lot is important; the lot gives the first impression of your business. Left unprotected, asphalt deteriorates under the stresses of water and the daily and seasonal cycles of heating and cooling. An old, cracked lot can deter customers or, even worse, cause safety and legal issues. That said, many business owners struggle with the key question: How do I know when to re-seal or repave my asphalt? This blog will provide a guide for maintaining your parking lot so that your asphalt will last as long as possible. You can protect your investment, and your business can look its best.

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ADA Standards for Commercial Parking Lots: A Helpful Guideline

If you are in the process of designing a commercial parking lot for your business, or if your existing lot is in need of updated line striping, it is critical to understand and adhere to ADA (American with Disabilities Act of 1990) standards. The ADA ensures equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities, and its regulations apply to employment, State and local government, public accommodations, transportation, telecommunication and commercial facilities. Furthermore, as a federal law, ADA’s regulations apply whether your business is in Indiana or Arizona.

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Pothole Repair Methods

If you oversee commercial properties or are a property manager, then you are keenly aware how imperative it is to maintain your parking lots. Not only do you need them to be safe, you want them to give a good first impression to your clients.

One of the quickest ways to annoy drivers in parking lots is to not fix potholes.In addition to being annoying to hit, they can cause damage to vehicles. If you oversee properties with parking lots and want to try to fix them yourself, here are 5 pothole repair methods that can offer you a smoother future. Continue reading “Pothole Repair Methods”

Asphalt Parking Lot Design

Parking lots are meant to provide safe, vehicular access to parking that serves businesses, residential facilities, and commuter lots. While companies want these areas to look appealing to give a good first impression, its functionality should be the primary driver of design. When proper planning does not go into parking lot design, it can result in massive maintenance problems and shorter pavement life.

There are many areas of consideration when designing and constructing parking lots. Here are a few basic design and construction considerations. Continue reading “Asphalt Parking Lot Design”

Asphalt Parking Lot Preventative Maintenance

If you are a property management group or run commercial properties, then you understand how important it is to keep your asphalt in good condition. Your parking lots are often the first impression potential clients have of your property, so it’s imperative that they are presentable. After all, your company wants to put its best foot forward.

Appearance is just one reason to maintain concrete and asphalt surfaces. As a business owner, you have to uphold state code standards. At the same time, it’s important to keep parking lots as safe as possible so as to avoid potential injury. Continue reading “Asphalt Parking Lot Preventative Maintenance”

How Thick is Parking Lot Asphalt?

For the last 20 years, DC Construction Services has been providing businesses, commercial properties, and property management groups with safe, functional, solid workmanship.

When we are consulting with a company, they will oftentimes ask, “How thick is parking lot asphalt?” Several factors go into that answer, so let’s take a look at how we determine parking lot thickness, which begins by understanding the layers used to comprise asphalt. Continue reading “How Thick is Parking Lot Asphalt?”

No Parking Lot Maintenance Plan = The Chink in Your Armor

Definition: The Chink in One’s Armor

  • An narrow opening and vunerable area in one’s armor that the opponent will usually aim for. This term relies on “chink” in the sense of “a crack or gap,” a meaning dating from about 1400 and used figuratively since the mid-1600s.
  • A figurative term for a one’s weakness, largest flaw or their prevention of success.


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