Picking the proper paving company is a key part of any home or business improvement you have in mind. Getting sub-par or untrustworthy contractors leads to pain and troubles – not to mention extra expenses – down the road. Obviously, we recommend Epic Paving and Contracting for all your asphalt, concrete and interlocking needs. If you want to do your due diligence, however – or if you’re reading this from somewhere outside the Greater Toronto Area – here are some things to look for when making your paving company selection.
Ideally, you’re looking for a company that’s been in business for multiple years, with a list of successful projects they can show you. If possible, it’s a great idea to visit a couple of the sites with their work – is it cracked and breaking, or has it held up over time? Asking for a list of references and testimonials is a good first step towards weeding out the less scrupulous companies.
Ability to Meet Requirements
Not all paving companies are made equally, and not all paving jobs require the same touch. There are specific circumstances and considerations to take into account in any paving job. The best of the best companies will be able to handle any surface you throw at them, meeting all your particular needs and requirements. They should offer a consultation, going with you to the site to help you formulate a plan of attack, rather than just trying to sell you a one-size-fits-all plan.
Reliable paving companies will have some sort of warranty or repair deal included in the contract. While they’ll lay down your new surface with the best of care, sometimes problems do occur – and you want to ensure that your chosen company will come back to fix any issues as they occur. In addition, any surface will need periodic repairs or maintenance as they age. Find out whether your company offers specific repairs that you think you may need – pothole repair, patching, sealcoating, etc.
An interlocking patio is a great choice – easy to maintain and long-lasting, it provides a great aesthetic look to your backyard while also being highly functional.
Of course, like any other surface, it’s important to take proper care of your new interlocking patio to get the best long-term performance out of it. Here are some tips on how to keep your interlocking patio looking pristine and new for years to come.
This is both for obvious reasons – dirt, leaves and yard waste don’t make for great looking patios! – but sweeping also includes a preventative element. If you leave too much built-up dirt, grass seeds can easily sprout. Once grass gets an opening, it’s a nightmare to remove – and it can even crack cement, much less interlocking pavers. Nip that problem in the bud! If weeds or grass do get a foothold, white vinegar and dishwashing soap is a great way to kill any vegetation that you can find.
A soft wire brush is a great way to get rid of any stains on your patio. You don’t want to use a course or stiff brush, because that can leave a mark on the pavers themselves. A soft brush allows you to get the necessary oomph to remove stains without damaging the pavers.
Pressure washing is a fine for stone and brick patios, but be a little careful. You want to aim at the stones themselves, and not at the grout, which will be less resilient. We recommend starting with lower power and ramping up as you see how effective it can be, rather than starting out too strong.
We advise that patios be sealed once every three years. This helps prevent the polymeric sand from degrading – that helps prevent weeds from breaking through your surface. It also keeps your grout looking great, and that can be the most difficult part of a patio to clean.
Getting an asphalt parking lot from Epic Paving is a great idea. It’s not just a strong and stable surface, making it a good choice for infrastructure reasons, but it can also end up saving you money in the long run. Here’s how:
Improving the drainage of your parking lot means you will need repairs and maintenance less frequently. Asphalt – especially porous asphalt – is perfect for dealing with tricky water runoff situations and other standing water issues. A new, properly installed or repaved asphalt surface can help avoid costly potholes and cracks. Less money for repairs is more money in your pocket.
When you get a parking lot installed by Epic Paving, you can rest assured that our attention to detail and specifics ensures you get the best parking lot for your money. That includes a strong and sturdy subbase – the structural foundation of your parking lot. If that isn’t installed properly, it can cause caving and sagging. Having it installed properly will increase the lifespan of your parking lot, thus saving you money long term.
Return on Investment
A new parking lot is a great investment for a business or commercial property. It provides better curb appeal, making your parking lot more attractive and appealing to potential customers – even better if you’re a rental company, and you’re trying to convince long-term renters to pick your property. It’s easy to repair in sections should damage occur, as opposed to concrete or other surfaces; even small damages could mean large repairs on other surfaces. It will increase the value of your property, offsetting costs of installation.
These are just a few of the major reasons. There are also potential tax breaks or credits for installing “green” asphalt solutions, potential savings in recycling the asphalt when repairs are needed, and much more. For more information about our asphalt parking lots, contact Epic Paving today! We’ll be glad to hear from you.