Could new asphalt be your next money-saving endeavour?
When you think about the different objectives that could potentially save your business money, paving a new asphalt driveway or parking lot probably doesn’t spring to mind.
It’s worth noting, however, that while the investment in new asphalt might cost your business money now, it could save you plenty of money in the long run.
Here are five asphalt-paving tips that will help your business save money!
1. Make sure your surface has a solid base
Not all asphalt is rated to last for 15 – 25 years. While that might be the lifespan you expect for your driveway or parking lot, the reality may be very different.
If your asphalt was installed incorrectly, your surface may not have the base, compaction, or grading needed to support your asphalt for a very long. As a result, your surface will be prone to improper drainage and is likely to break down faster.
2. Make sure the right drainage is installed
If your business’s driveway or parking lot suffers from improper drainage, your asphalt will be vulnerable to greater damage, and subsequently, more frequent maintenance and repairs.
With improper drainage comes pooling. The excess water slowly breaks down the asphalt, creating small cracks that expand into large cracks and potholes over time.
With new asphalt and proper drainage installed, you won’t be constantly forking out money for repairs. Instead, you’ll be able to stick to a low-cost, routine maintenance plan going forward.
3. Consider going green to save on taxes
While the majority of businesses opt for traditional asphalt, choosing porous asphalt—a solution that allows water to run through the asphalt and return to the soil below—could earn your business tax credit.
Of course, there are other benefits to choosing porous asphalt as well. For one, you’re more likely to avoid pooling and excess water during heavy rains. It’s also likely that you’ll spend less on drainage structures and water management systems.
4. Choose the right asphalt contractor
It should go without saying that one of the easiest ways to save money on asphalt is to get quotes from multiple contractors. Not only will this help you shop for the best price but it will also allow you to compare the services you’ll be getting with different contractors.
Keep in mind, however, that cost isn’t everything. You still want to ensure that you’re getting high-quality paving services, or else you might be dealing with some of the issues we’ve mentioned above.
Take your time when choosing the right asphalt contractor for the job, as your decision will directly influence the amount you spend and the lifespan of your surface.
5. Stick to a maintenance schedule
If you really want to save money on your new asphalt, create a maintenance schedule and then stick to it. The more you take care of your asphalt, the longer you can expect it to last.
Not sure how frequently your surface will need maintenance? Ask your asphalt contractor! In all likelihood, they can provide you with a maintenance schedule that outlines when you’ll need different preventative maintenance services—such as sweeping, cleaning, crack filling, and sealcoating.
Do you need an outstanding commercial asphalt paving contractor for your business’s driveway or parking lot?
Get in contact with Danny’s Asphalt Paving today. We’d be happy to provide you with a quote for your next paving project and share the different ways in which your business could save money on asphalt!