It is no secret that asphalt pavements are faster and less expensive to construct than comparable concrete pavements. Furthermore, asphalt pavements are safer, produce less glare from the sun, and have a rich color that most people find highly attractive. If you are considering a new Dallas asphalt paving project, you may be wondering about the steps that your contractor will take from inception to completion.
What Are the Basic Steps Involved in a New Dallas Asphalt Paving Project?
The first thing that a Dallas asphalt paving company will do is visit the site to assess the terrain, soil, and other natural features. Next, your asphalt paving contractor will design a pavement that will meet the specifications you provided for the type of traffic the pavement will support. Once your asphalt paving project is ready to commence, your contractor will perform the following steps.
1. Prepare the subgrade. If the soil at your site is adequate, subgrade preparation is simply a matter of performing a preliminary grading or leveling before compacting the soil. If your soil is inadequate, the contractor providing your asphalt paving service will likely remove some of it and replace it prior to compaction.
2. Construct an aggregate base. Depending on the nature of your project, asphalt paving contractors can sometimes skip this step. However, in most cases, a compacted aggregate base is highly recommended when installing asphalt paving in Dallas; it adds strength and stability.
3. Multiple courses of asphalt paving will be placed to meet the design specifications for the total asphalt thickness. Your asphalt paving contractor will compact each course before placing the next. The final course will be the surface course, also known as the driving course.
What Comes Next in a Dallas Paving Project for a New Parking Lot?
Asphalt paving companies will follow the aforementioned basic steps for installing virtually any type of pavement. However, there are many other features that you may want to add if your asphalt paving project is a new parking lot.
1. Marking and striping your new pavement is essential if you want to comply with the ADA, maintain an orderly flow of traffic, and enhance safety. Line striping marks the boundaries of the individual parking spaces. Directional arrows, traffic control stencils, crosshatch markings to denote no-parking areas, crosswalks, and stencils to denote accessible parking spaces are just a few examples.
2. Wheel stops at the front of each parking space help drivers position their vehicles, but they also help prevent unsafe driving practices.
3. Speed bumps strongly encourage drivers to slow down while in your parking lot. They are especially common near crosswalks and other areas where pedestrians need to cross a traffic lane.
4. Curb ramps are essential to comply with the ADA. They can also help prevent pedestrians from tripping and potentially injuring themselves if they fall.
5. Parking lot signs help maintain an orderly flow of traffic. Some signage is also mandatory to identify accessible parking spaces.
6. Concrete sidewalks give pedestrians a safer place to walk when they are traveling to your building or around your complex.
If you are in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, HI-TEK Paving Services can help you construct, repair, and maintain your pavement. We offer asphalt paving and repair, concrete installation and repair, asphalt crack repairs, asphalt resurfacing, parking lot maintenance, and asphalt sealcoating. We are a family business with impeccable references and a reputation for providing exemplary personalized services and exceptional work. We offer free quotes, so contact us if you are interested. You can fill out our online form, call 214-908-9641, or email your information to Kevin@HI-TEKPaving.com.