Asphalt Driveway Repair: How to Restore Your Crumbling Edge

An asphalt driveway provides many attractive benefits for many homeowners. Asphalt is affordable for starters, and after installation, you can typically drive on it within 72 hours. This durable driveway option can stand up to weather and both vehicle and foot traffic. But asphalt is not entirely immune to wear.

A common problem with asphalt driveways is that they break loose at the edges and crumble. Homeowners’ bad habits such as driving off the side of the driveway can advance the deterioration of your edges, causing them to fall away in places.

In today’s blog, we’ll help you understand what edging is, why it’s vital to your asphalt driveway, and some ways you can extend the life of your asphalt driveway. We’ll also provide you with helpful tips for repairing the asphalt to prevent further damage along the edge. Continue reading “Asphalt Driveway Repair: How to Restore Your Crumbling Edge”

8 Questions You Need to Ask Paving Contractors in Lancaster, PA

Whether you have a residential driveway or a commercial parking lot that needs repaving, choosing the right paving contractors in the Lancaster, PA area can be a tough decision. You want a company that has the experience to do the job correctly, safely, on-time, and on-budget. In today’s blog post, we’re going to discuss the eight questions you should ask your paving contractor before selecting them. When you choose Lyons & Hohl Paving, you can relax knowing our team has the knowledge and experience needed to answer all of your questions. Continue reading “8 Questions You Need to Ask Paving Contractors in Lancaster, PA”

How to Make Your Commercial Parking Lot More Appealing From the Start

In a previous post here on our blog, we asked the question, is your parking lot turning your customers away? and explored how better commercial parking lot maintenance can make your customers’ experience with your business that much more positive.

However, incorporating better parking lot design from the start—when you’re building out a new business location or overhauling a commercial property—will ensure that you’ve built a lot that looks nice and doesn’t frustrate visitors.

Today’s blog post offers just a few considerations that property owners should make when they’re faced with creating new layout designs for parking lots. Continue reading “How to Make Your Commercial Parking Lot More Appealing From the Start”

FAQ: What is the Best Approach to Patching a Pothole?

It’s a fact. As asphalt ages, it naturally deteriorates. This causes common problems—like the formation of potholes. Unfortunately, if a given asphalt surface isn’t properly maintained, these problems will often occur much faster than they should, and property owners will be seeking solutions they otherwise would not need to—like figuring out the best approach to patching a pothole.

Here at Lyons & Hohl Paving, we often hear from both residential and commercial customers who have big questions about their driveways, parking lots, and other paved surfaces. And we’re always here to help. However, we always also try to drive home the point that preventing severe asphalt damage—such as large cracks, potholes, and craters—will always be your best bet in terms of safety and budget-friendliness in the long run, especially in public commercial settings. Continue reading “FAQ: What is the Best Approach to Patching a Pothole?”

When Can You Open a Commercial Parking Lot After Paving or Repaving?

A commercial parking lot makes the all-important first impression for any business. Smooth, solid parking lots with clean, sharp painted lines make a better impression than cracked, crumbing lots with faded lines, of course.

When commercial parking lots need to be repaved, business owners will actually save money in the long run by hiring paving professionals, who will do the job correctly. Although repaving a parking lot correctly does mean that cars can’t be on that surface for a few days, there are ways to mitigate the disruption, resulting in a solid parking lot that reflects your business’ stability. Continue reading “When Can You Open a Commercial Parking Lot After Paving or Repaving?”

How to Get More Mileage From Your Parking Lot with Better Maintenance

As the owner of a commercial or industrial building in the Mid-Atlantic region, you’re responsible for addressing many preventative maintenance issues to ensure the safety and visual “curb appeal” of your property. However, parking lot maintenance probably does not often rise to the top of the priority list.

Be honest—beyond snow removal in the wintertime, have you thought much about your building’s asphalt parking lots lately?

Over the years, continuous usage by customers, vendors, and staff members inflicts wear and tear on your parking lot’s asphalt. Eventually, this creates 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 and delay or avoid costly, disruptive repaving projects.

The key is to understand what asphalt is as a material, how long it should last, and what factors are damaging. Today we’ll discuss these and also give you some tips on how you can extend the life of the asphalt parking lots on your commercial property. Continue reading “How to Get More Mileage From Your Parking Lot with Better Maintenance”

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 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”