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How To Budget for Your Commercial Parking Lot

How To Budget for Your Commercial Parking Lot

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At Azzarelli Paving, we understand the importance of your annual budget. Some expenses are easier to plan for than others, such as electricity, rent, office supplies, and other annual expenses. However, knowing your asphalt paving maintenance costs for the year may not be as easy to predict.

Determine the Maintenance You May Require

Before you can budget for asphalt management, you need to go out and inspect your parking lot. Do you see any obvious damage, such as cracks or potholes? If you have interlocking cracks or alligator cracking, it could indicate a foundation problem. Cracks of this nature cannot be filled. Instead, you would have to budget the costs of having the damaged areas removed. Your contractor would repair the foundation and install new pavement.

If your pavement has turned gray with age, you are probably overdue for seal coating. Sealcoating is necessary to protect your pavement and to extend its life. If this is the case, there is a good chance your striping has faded and will need to be repainted.

Once you inspect the lot, think about your lot’s age. If your pavement is over ten years old, it may be time to renovate it. This depends on how well you maintained the asphalt over the last decade, you may only have to renovate the most used paths.

Discuss Your Project With the Professionals

We are here for you if you need help assigning value to your projects. We can conduct routine inspections and preventative maintenance. We can also help design a pavement management plan that can help maximize your asphalt’s lifespan.

Get in touch with Azzarelli Paving today for parking lot maintenance, milling, seal coating, and repairs!

Essential Elements of Parking Lot Safety

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Create a Safe Parking Lot

While you definitely want your parking lot to look nice for your customers, it is also critical that the area is a haven for everyone. An unsafe lot can lead to trips and falls, vehicle crashes, theft, and property damage. These, in turn, can lead to headaches for your business in terms of lawsuits, complaints, and loss of income. At Azzarelli Paving, we make sure your parking lot looks its best and that it provides a secure space for drivers, walkers, visitors, and employees. We have been paving in the central Florida area since 1983, and we have what it takes to help you get the most out of your parking lot.

The Importance of Regular Maintenance

Over time an asphalt surface will develop cracks and potholes. These will eventually make a parking lot look shabby and unmaintained. As these deformities expand, they become stumbling blocks for those walking in and out of your building. They can also cause drivers to veer out of lanes, increasing the chance for accidents. At Azzarelli Paving, we recommend  a plan with the following features:

  • Routine inspections to identify problems
  • Timely repairs to cracks and potholes
  • Asphalt seal coating to increase parking lot lifespan
  • Striping for ADA compliance and clarity

The heart of a safe parking lot is a smooth asphalt surface. A regular maintenance plan is the best way to catch small problems before they become safety issues.

The Benefits of a Nice Parking Lot

A well-maintained lot invites clients into your property and puts a shine on your company’s brand image. It also ensures that customers will be able to easily reach your front door. Elderly customers and those with disabilities will especially appreciate a professionally maintained lot.

At Azzarelli Paving, we provide a variety of valuable services for your pavement. Call 813-296-6500 or email us today to learn more.

Diagnosing Common Asphalt Problems

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Asphalt Issues to Pay Attention To

Your asphalt is sometimes the first thing customers will see. If your parking lot has severe damage, it will not give a good impression of your company. Fortunately, Azzarelli comes to the rescue with a variety of asphalt services. There are a few ways you can diagnose the issues with your asphalt lot.

Keep a Watch on Cracking

Cracking is going to happen as the heat makes the asphalt fluctuate, but there are different types of cracks to watch for. Block cracking has a larger pattern caused by erosion, settling, and other issues. Alligator cracks are also caused by these issues but have a smaller pattern that looks like alligator skin. Block cracking should be watched and fixed when necessary, however, when alligator cracking begins, it is essential that they get repaired right away. Sometimes removing the substrate and reconstructing the parking lot is necessary.

Pay Attention To Washboarding and Slippage

Both washboarding and slippage are created when the upper layer and lower layers begin to move. This could happen due to several issues such as poor installation, horizontal pressure, or other similar actions. If you notice either of these issues, a patch might be necessary.

Never Ignore Potholes

Potholes don’t just look bad, they can cause a dangerous scenario for anyone who walks through the parking lot. Potholes also cause serious damage to vehicles, so ignoring them is never an option. If a pothole is left for too long, cracks will begin to extend from it, leading to more severe hazards and damages. Many potholes go as deep as to the base of your parking lot asphalt. Repairs are essential as soon as you notice a pothole.

Contact the Professionals To Schedule Services

If you notice any damages to your asphalt, contact the professionals at Azzarelli Paving & Site Development right away.

The Valuable Process of Asphalt Milling

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Consider Asphalt Milling For Your Property

If you have a commercial parking lot or long driveway, asphalt milling is a process that can benefit your business in several ways. It can improve the look and function of your exterior grounds at a fraction of the cost of replacing an asphalt surface entirely.

At Azzarelli, our professionals will remove the top surface of your parking lot to an appropriate depth. They will be sure to keep the underlying sub-base intact, which can save you time and money. Curbs, drainage features, and other structures also will not be touched. Finally, a new layer of asphalt is placed over the sub-base, creating an essentially new parking lot that is just the right height.

The Benefits of Asphalt Milling

While a completely new parking lot or driveway is definitely a good thing, it isn’t always necessary. The alternative, asphalt milling, has several key benefits:

  • It can save time
  • It can reduce the overall price
  • It looks great
  • It repairs a rough parking lot
  • It lasts a long time

Another benefit of the process is that the milled or removed asphalt can later be used for other paving projects. This recycling of materials saves both resources and energy.

The Process of Asphalt Milling

Milling machines consist of a cutting drum, vacuum, and conveyance system. The cutting mechanism chews up the existing asphalt to the desired depth. Next, the vacuum sucks up the materials, and then the conveyance system transports them to a dump truck. The new, lower surface of the parking lot is swept clean, and then a new layer of asphalt is placed on top. 

Our team at Azzarelli Paving & Site Development can use asphalt milling to bring an old parking lot back to pristine condition. Call 813-296-6500 or email us today to find out the best solutions for your parking lot.

Asphalt Overlay 101

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What Is An Asphalt Overlay?

If you have an asphalt parking lot, the top layer may begin to deteriorate over time. Fortunately, when this starts to happen, you have options besides tearing it up and starting over. For instance, you can use a paving method known as asphalt overlay. In asphalt overlay, you use the existing layers as a base, and then the new asphalt is applied to the surface. In some cases, it may have to be milled before the overlay can be applied.

Assessment

Before we begin the overlay process, we will have to assess the parking lot. Not all asphalt surfaces are appropriate for overlay. Asphalt that has root damage, extensive structural damage, or ruts in the surface may have to be ripped up. Likewise, if your asphalt parking lot cannot drain water, then you may have to have the surface regraded.

After we complete the assessment, we can determine how to move forward with the asphalt repairs.

Milling

As mentioned above, some lots will require milling before the overlay can be applied. Milling removes the top layer of asphalt and rids your parking lot of any cracks, damage, or raveling. The top layer has to be removed so that the asphalt will bond to the base layers. We utilize a milling machine that can grind the layer from one inch to three inches. Next, the surface is taken to a recycling plant.

Repair

In order to lay the new asphalt, repairs will need to be completed on the base layers. For example, if your parking lot has potholes, sinking, or rutting, then we can rebuild it. We can use aggregate and asphalt.

The end of the process is the asphalt overlay. We pave the overlay on top of the surface. The thickness of the overlay will depend on the existing surface, generally ranging from about one and a half to two inches.

If you think an asphalt overlay is right for your property, contact the professionals at Azzarelli today!   

Asphalt Site Development and Installation: What You Need to Know

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On-site parking is a huge perk that is often taken for granted. People don’t realize how convenient it is until they get somewhere and street parking as the only option. Having a parking lot on your property is a key factor in your business’s success. Think about it, if there are two grocery stores nearby, one with a spacious parking lot and one where you have to find a spot on the street, which are you going to choose? Nine out of ten people will choose the store with a parking lot. Some people will even drive a little further if it means easy parking. So if you are building a new property, or considering adding or replacing a parking lot on an existing property, keep this in mind.

Experience Makes a Difference

You should never trust your asphalt parking lot to just anyone who claims to be able to get the job done. At Azzarelli Paving, we have years of experience in the industry. Since 1948, our company has been excavating, hauling, paving, and completing a wide range of other industry-related services for business owners in and around Tampa.

Your Sub-Base Is Important

One element of your asphalt parking lot that we pay special attention to is your sub-base. Sure, you want the top layer to look good and function well, but if the sub-base isn’t installed properly, it could change the integrity and drainage of your lot. Our professional sub-base installation cuts down on the amount of sinking, shifting, and cracking your lot experiences.

Asphalt Is a Green Solution

When you think of top recycled products, you most likely think of paper or plastic. However, asphalt is actually one of the top recycled materials in the nation, along with concrete and steel. Other products, such as concrete, asphalt shingles, and oil, are also recycled to create asphalt parking lots.

Contact Us Today

At Azzarelli Paving & Site Development, we are committed to the structural integrity and efficiency of your asphalt parking lot. When you’re thinking about site development and installation, call 813-296-6500 or send us an email to discuss your options.

Get to Know Azzarelli Paving

In terms of road construction, Azzarelli has become a household name in the Tampa Bay area. When it comes to new projects or asphalt repairs, you cannot afford to take control on your own. Asphalt lasts a lot longer when you leave the installation and repairs to the professionals.

Azzarelli’s Mission

Since the 1950s, our name has been regarded hand-in-hand with road construction. We stand by our reputation to provide competitive and high-quality paving services. When it comes to clients, we pride ourselves on maintaining long-term relationships. We put efficiency first without compromising the quality of our work.

Azzarelli’s Services

While paving is our mainstay, we offer several different services. At the top of the list is asphalt paving. Asphalt can be used for various applications because it is cost-effective, simple to construct, and durable on top of it.

When it comes to parking lots, asphalt is the best material. In addition to paving, we also provide asphalt sealcoating. Sealing protects pavement from chemicals such as oil and gasoline. Other services also include 

  • Site Development     
  • Excavation
  • Underground utilities
  • Base work
  • Asphalt paving
  • Striping

We can widen roads, build new parking lots and demolish lots. If your asphalt lot is failing, you may require milling services. An industrial milling machine can remove part of the asphalt surface so that a new asphalt layer can be placed to restore the road or parking lot. One benefit to asphalt removal is that all asphalt is 100% recyclable. If you have to replace it, it is still environmentally friendly.

When it comes to asphalt construction, professional services can provide high-quality results. At Azzarelli, we provide a variety of services to the Tampa Bay area. To find out more about how we can help you with your asphalt project, call 813-296-6500 or email us today!

3 Things That Are Destroying Your Asphalt

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For commercial parking lots, asphalt is a popular choice. It has the durability to stay in good condition with a lot of traffic, and it is an affordable and recyclable material. Unfortunately, it’s not foolproof. Understanding what can be viewed as an enemy of asphalt, can help in preventing those things from badly damaging your lot.

1. Water

Many asphalt parking lots have a drainage system that keeps water from pooling on the surface. Of course, if the lot has not been properly installed or maintained, or if there is certain damage, the water could start to pool up. Standing water weakens pavement, encouraging cracks to expand and turn into potholes.

One of the ways you can avoid this issue is with sealcoating. This thin, liquid layer fills in the cracks and protects your asphalt from being damaged by water.

2. Heavy Vehicles

Your asphalt parking lot was designed to withstand a lot of traffic, but sometimes the vehicles are too heavy to allow the lot to remain in good shape. Rutting often occurs when heavy trucks and other vehicles drive along the same path. If these automobiles park in the same spot on a regular basis, the asphalt could begin to sink where the tires settle.

While this is a natural occurrence for many parking lots, there are some things you can do. First, you can hire a pavement company that knows what they’re doing to install the lot in the first place. Second, you can add thicker layers of asphalt to reinforce areas where heavy vehicles drive and park.

3. Sunlight

It’s interesting that sunlight damages asphalt, just as it damages your skin. You use sunscreen on your skin, so you should apply a protective layer over your asphalt as well. Sealcoating is the sunscreen for your pavement. Having it reapplied every three to five years will protect it from the sun, but also from fuel, oil, and water.

Getting Started

You can see how typical things that occur in everyday life can potentially be detrimental to asphalt. Contact Azzarelli Paving & Site Development today to see how we can help keep your lot in the best shape possible.

Asphalt Maintenance: Navigating the Florida Seasons

While Florida doesn’t have the defined seasons of their more northern neighbors, the weather still plays an important role when it comes to maintaining a quality parking lot. We understand how to keep your parking lot looking its best throughout the year, and we can advise you on the best times to have work done. The right timing increases the efficiency of the work and can save your company money in the long run.

The Critical Seasons of Winter and Spring

More so than in many other areas, winter and spring are a great time to have asphalt work done. That’s because the temperatures are still warm enough, without the heavy rains that accompany the summer and fall months. This is a great time to engage in a variety of repairs:

  • Pothole maintenance
  • Hot patch repair
  • Crack and pitting repair
  • Sealcoating

Regular maintenance can catch things before they get too bad, increasing the likelihood of a long-lasting solution. One thing that should be considered with routine, preventative maintenance, is sealcoating. With sealcoating, a special formula is applied over the asphalt that makes the parking lot resistant to stains and damage from weather. Due to the lack of freezing and thawing in Florida winters, sealcoating is only needed about once every four years.

The Off Seasons of Summer and Fall

During this time, we recommend that you still keep up with regular maintenance and cleaning. It’s important to keep your parking lot looking and performing its best. Professional cleaning every month or two keeps chemical stains to a minimum and reduces the amount of dirty run-off that enters the waterways.

Our team of professionals at Azzarelli can help you get the most out of your asphalt. Call 813-296-6500 or email us today to learn more!

Asphalt Lot: Repair or Replace?

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The asphalt on your property is an essential part of first impressions and promoting a safe environment. If it’s not in the best shape, your bottom line could suffer. This is why it is important to have any issues handled as soon as possible.

When an issue does arise, you may begin to question whether it should be repaired or replaced altogether. We are here to help you come to the best conclusion.

Consider the Cost

One of the biggest factors that will help you make this decision is the cost and what you have in your budget. If you don’t have the money it takes to replace the entire lot, you may just want to complete a quick fix for now. If you do have the money it takes, and the professionals feel a replacement is necessary, it would be a smart financial move to get it done.

Take a Look at the Damage

The severity of the damage in your asphalt lot is also going to play a large role in how you determine the solution. If the damage is quite severe, a simple repair might not cut it and could lead to even more damage down the road. If the damage is just a small hole or crack, a quick fix could be the best solution. A professional can help you make this determination based on what the damage looks like.

Understand the Age

If your asphalt is particularly old, it might make more sense to have it replaced instead of making quick fixes all over the place. The substrate is most likely compromised due to age, so damage will continue to arise. Consider the money you will be putting towards repair after repair and determine whether it will be better spent on a replacement.

When you’re considering whether to replace or simply repair the damage to your asphalt, there are many factors that should be given a good look. Contact Azzarelli by calling 813-296-6500 or sending us an email to figure out what’s right for your property. 

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