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Is Your Parking Lot Turning Your Customers Away?

Your parking lot tells visitors and potential customers a lot about your business.

Clearly designated parking spots, clean surroundings, and a smooth parking lot surface provide a positive first impression of a competent company that cares about its customers.

On the other hand, cracked pavement, potholes, faded pavement markings, or trash, often send a message of disorganization—or worse yet—complete indifference.

So how do you make sure your business is sending the right message when visitors pull into your parking lot? Here are some tips to make a solid first impression that keeps customers coming back again and again. Continue reading “Is Your Parking Lot Turning Your Customers Away?”

Why Asphalt is the Best Residential Driveway Paving Option

We often hear home improvement experts on TV talking about boosting “curb appeal,” which is how your house looks to approaching visitors or people passing by on the street.

To make the best first impression, you want to assure that your landscaping is tidy and attractive, your siding isn’t faded, and you don’t have a lot of kids’ toys or old lawn equipment laying around, among many other aesthetic issues.

But, have you considered how your driveway figures into the presentation?

You may not think much about that paved or stone surface that connects your home to the actual curb and beyond, but if it’s in poor condition or made of subpar material, it’s quietly undermining all your hard work and ruining your home’s appeal. Especially if you’re planning to sell your home in the near future, having a professional asphalt contractor pave or resurface your driveway should be at the top of your improvement to-do list.

Today’s post highlights a few of the materials your home’s driveway and parking areas may be surfaced with now and shows you why asphalt is undeniably the better choice for residential applications. Continue reading “Why Asphalt is the Best Residential Driveway Paving Option”

Why You Must Hire Professionals to Sealcoat Your Parking Lots

Asphalt parking lots degrade over time as the binding cement that keeps them together breaks down. Regular parking lot use, as well as sun, snow, and rain cause this breakdown, resulting in crumbling surfaces that also fade in color and stain easily. Sealcoating the parking lot is the most efficient solution to this age-related problem.

Sealcoating is the process whereby a crude oil-based solution is painted onto existing asphalt. This coating restores the color and integrity of asphalt, solidifying any areas that were beginning to crumble. Asphalt sealcoating prevents water from penetrating the surface and breaking down the asphalt. A properly sealcoated parking lot also greatly enhances the overall appearance of any business.

When applied to asphalt parking lots every 2 – 3 years, sealcoating can greatly extend the life of these asphalt surfaces and prevent the need for costly stripping and repaving. Sealcoating is a much more affordable choice because it can be accomplished quickly and with minimal disruption to your business. Continue reading “Why You Must Hire Professionals to Sealcoat Your Parking Lots”

An Overview of Commercial Paving Options

As a business owner or commercial property manager, you’re responsible for keeping many structures and systems in and around your building or buildings in good working order. When was the last time you thought about your driveways, parking lots, and other paved surfaces?

If business expansion is on your mind, or if you have an older property that needs some work, it’s true that you may actively be thinking about these assets now – this is good! Asphalt care and maintenance should be on every commercial property manager’s regular task list, but we realize that it sometimes gets overlooked.

That means you may not know what your options are when it comes to building and improving or simply keeping parking lots and driveways in shape. And that’s why we’re taking a look today at how services provided by commercial paving contractors like Lyons & Hohl Paving are integral to your property management routines. Continue reading “An Overview of Commercial Paving Options”

How to Minimize Business Disruption During Your Paving Project

We are all familiar with the headaches that roadway paving projects cause with related detours and travel delays. These projects are vital for maintaining the safety and integrity of road surfaces that we rely on every day, but they sure can be inconvenient when you’re running late for work or an important appointment. Paving projects in your industrial or commercial property’s parking lots and other paved areas can be just as annoying, as well as disruptive to your daily business activities if they are not well planned and collaboratively managed by both your internal team and your paving contractor.

The good news is, though, that you can spare your business from frustrations and costly downtime due to paving and asphalt surface maintenance projects. Choosing to work with an experienced and reliable paving contractor like us here at Lyons & Hohl is part of the solution, but there are some additional steps you can take to assure that your project is both successful and minimally disruptive. Continue reading “How to Minimize Business Disruption During Your Paving Project”

How to Get More Mileage From Your Parking Lot

As the owner of a commercial or industrial building in the Mid-Atlantic region, you’re responsible for addressing a host of maintenance issues to ensure the safety and visual appeal of your physical property. Your own business and those others that may call your property home rely on both your regular upkeep and responsiveness to issues. However, a primary feature of many commercial properties that does not often rise to the top of the maintenance priority list is parking lots. Be honest – beyond snow removal in the wintertime, have you thought much about your building’s parking areas lately?

Over the years, continuous usage by customers, vendors, and staff members inflicts wear and tear on your lots’ asphalt, eventually creating safety hazards and general unattractive conditions in areas that should be welcoming to visitors and employees alike. Luckily, there are some steps you can take to help preserve your asphalt parking lots that allow you to delay or avoid costly and disruptive repaving projects. The key is to understand what asphalt is as a material, how long it should last, and what factors are damaging to asphalt. Today we’ll discuss these and also give you some tips on how you can extend the life of the parking lots on your commercial property.  Continue reading “How to Get More Mileage From Your Parking Lot”

Why You Need a Paving Contractor for Your Next Job

Did you know that approximately 90% of parking lots in the US are paved with asphalt pavement? Asphalt is used to pave a majority of US highways, streets, parking areas, walking & biking trails, and airports. Currently, there are approximately 3,500 asphalt production companies located in the United States. With over 4.1 million miles of public roadways in this nation, that is a lot of surface area to pave. Continue reading “Why You Need a Paving Contractor for Your Next Job”