What’s involved In a Parking Lot Installation?
If you are thinking about installing a parking lot for your business or home, then you need to understand the entire process of installation so that there are no surprises. There are many different things to consider when you choose Grand Rapids Parking Lot Installation, but it can be done with relative ease if you follow these steps and suggestions:
Decide on the size, shape and location. This will help determine how much asphalt you need to buy as well as what equipment is needed for installation. It is important that the area where you are installing your parking lot has enough room to accommodate all types of vehicles including trucks, tractors with trailers or large machinery, etc. Your driveway needs to be flat also because it ensures proper drainage which allows water to run off through channels instead of pooling up around your pavement.
Prepare the surface by first clearing away any grass/weeds from the existing land surface so they don’t grow back into cracks in your new asphalt resulting in unsightly bumps underfoot! You also need to check for any low spots that have collected water over time. This helps ensure the best possible foundation and drainage for your parking lot surface.
Next, you will need a gravel base which is laid out first in layers with each layer being tamped down as it goes! You want this to be about four inches thick so if you are using regular sized gravel then lay out rocks at least two feet apart in all directions to allow for good drainage.
After the gravel is set, you will need to use a roto-tiller and till it all up until its about two inches below your driveway surface level so that when it’s rolled out, there won’t be any gaps or dips between the bottom of your asphalt and top of the rocks/gravel base below. This process ensures maximum stability for years to come!
Finally, you will need to compact the gravel by using a plate compactor. This is an especially important step because if you don’t do it correctly, your parking lot could become bumpy over time which not only looks bad but can be dangerous for vehicles and pedestrians!
The last step of asphalt installation requires you to place down aggregate on top of the tamped rocks/gravel base layer. After that’s complete, then all there is left to do is smooth out the surface with a steel rake until its flat as well as even across all areas, before finally rolling out some new asphalt on top allowing for no more than 24 hours of drying time before cars are allowed back onto this critical area of any building or business property!