Monthly Archives: May 2021

Construction Sites Need Hurricane Prep, Too

The Atlantic Hurricane Season starts on June 1, and most storm forecasters are calling for a busy year with many storms and a higher-than-average number of strong storms. Being prepared is key to weathering a tropical storm or hurricane, and it’s not just homeowners who need to be ready if a big storm hits. Preparing your construction site for a hurricane is important to minimize damage and liability if a strong storm makes landfall. See the recommendations for securing your construction site ahead of a hurricane or tropical storm.

Preparing Your Construction Site for a Hurricane
Being prepared for a big storm minimizes damage to a construction site and reduces a construction company’s liability. Both save time and money, allowing construction to resume faster after a storm has passed. It’s advised that a construction company write a Hurricane Preparation Plan before any storm is near that outlines what must be done to prepare and who is responsible for doing it. This may also include working with local building departments.

Your Hurricane Preparation Plan should include:

  1. Securing the job site. Materials, machines, and tools must be secured or removed so that they do not become airborne in the high winds of a tropical storm or hurricane. Include any signs, construction fencing, trash, dumpsters, and portable bathrooms in the plan.
  2. Secure paperwork like plans and other documents, and electronics, in a safe location.
  3. Protect in-progress utility systems from sand and water, both from rain and storm surge.
  4. Cut power to the site and enact plans for utilizing power generators and fuel after the storm.
  5. Enact plans for water removal, such as placing pumps in basements or excavations so they are ready to go as soon as it’s safe.
  6. Remove or secure hazardous chemicals as construction companies are on the hook for cleanup if any hazardous chemicals make it into the environment.
  7. Ensure the security of buildings or structures. Take steps to make sure your construction projects and adjacent buildings are boarded up and secure.

Remember to assess the damage to your construction site after the storm has passed with extreme caution.

Tucker Paving has been in the asphalt and concrete paving industry for over 25 years in the Sunshine State, and serving Central Florida for over 50 years, so we’ve seen our share of major hurricanes! Contact us online, or call us at?(863) 299-2262, for assistance with your next asphalt or concrete paving project! 

Sealcoating Considerations for Central Florida

Living in Central Florida comes with many benefits — theme parks, beaches, sunshine, and fresh seafood, just to name a few! However, there are also so important considerations for living and working in the world-renowned Sunshine State, especially if your work involves construction projects. For example, asphalt sealcoating requires a little special attention if you want the end result to be top-notch. At Tucker Paving, we hate to see a good job gone bad, so we want to draw your attention to just a couple of details.

Asphalt Sealcoating in Central Florida
First off, you should be aware that the ultraviolet rays from the hot Florida sun can wreak havoc on your asphalt. The intense radiation will dry out the surface of the paving and evaporate the oil out of the asphalt, leading to unsightly cracks. Sealcoating will help prolong the life of your asphalt by providing a protective barrier against the brutal UV rays. 

Another benefit to sealcoating your asphalt surface is that it provides a sealant to keep water and other fluids from soaking into the pavement and causing damage. Since many areas in Central Florida are prone to flooding, this is a clear benefit. However, since Central Florida is also prone to sudden, severe rainstorms, especially at certain times of the year, you’ll need to watch the weather report before you conduct your sealing project. Rain can easily wash away a fresh sealcoating, nullifying all that work you just put in.

Tucker Paving recommends sealcoating an asphalt surface about six to 12 months after the initial paving. You should also allow the fresh asphalt to cure through an entire summer before coating it. After the sealcoating has been applied, you’ll need to keep all traffic off of the pavement for about 48 to 72 hours.

Tucker Paving for Asphalt Care
Whether you need a driveway resealed or a parking lot freshly paved, Tucker Paving can handle the job. Big or small, Tucker Paving is ready to tackle any and all of your paving projects – so give us a call today!

There’s More to Parking Lot Striping Than You Think

Parking lot striping, the process of painting a parking lot with the lines that mark parking spaces and other signage like handicapped parking and traffic lines, might seem like a simple process. However, there is a lot more to parking lot striping than you might think! Explore all of the details of parking lot striping that are crucial for the safety and functionality of a parking lot.

Parking Lot Striping Details
Parking lot striping is what tells drivers where (and where not!) to drive, where to park, and so on. Without adequate striping, a parking lot would turn into a free-for-all with drivers parking haphazardly and driving where they shouldn’t; this increases the danger of an accident involving both pedestrians and other vehicles. Parking lot striping keeps a parking lot as orderly and as safe as possible.

There is a lot of planning that goes into designing parking lot striping, such as how wide parking spots and driving lanes (called aisles) will be, if parking stalls will be slanted, straight, or parallel, the desired flow of traffic, choosing handicapped parking, and delineating areas for pedestrians.

Stripes in parking lots are four inches wide and 15 or 18 inches long, and it usually takes at least two coats of paint to create a stripe that is 15 milliliters thick so that it is bright, visible, and long-lasting. How parking lot stripers go about painting stripes in a parking lot will depend on whether they are painting a new layout, painting restripes, or painting resurfaced restripes.

The type of paint used is also important. Usually, parking lot stripers will use oil-based paint, called alkyd, for restripes and new layouts. Latex paint is most often used for parking lots that have been resurfaced, but latex can also be used for new layouts and restriping as well.

Parking stalls, or where vehicles are parked, are usually nine feet by 18 feet to accommodate all sizes of vehicles, but cities can have different zoning guidelines that must be followed. Furthermore, handicapped parking stalls must have a minimum of eight feet of clearance width-wise and have a minimum of five feet of clearance for an access way; again, these numbers may be different depending on the zoning requirements of different cities.

Aisles usually need to be 22 feet between straight parking stalls, but many parking lots utilize 24-foot aisles throughout the parking lot to offer sufficient clearance for vehicles to back out of parking spots. Angled parking stalls require aisles that are just 16 feet wide, but aisles have to be one-way. Lastly, parallel parking stalls need 22 feet of aisle if the traffic is two-way and 12 feet if traffic is one-way.

Tucker Paving has over 25 years of experience in the concrete and asphalt paving construction industry. We offer site clearing, site grading, stabilized subgrade, base work, asphalt paving, underground utilities, and concrete curbs, sidewalks, slabs, and tie-beams. Call us at?(863) 299-2262, or contact us online, for your next project!  

Keep ADA Rules in Mind During Construction and Alterations

The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law in 1990, and its requirements took effect in 1992. In short, the ADA requires that buildings such as public accommodations, commercial facilities, and local and state government facilities be built so that all individuals—regardless of their ability—are able to use a building with minimal impediment. Make sure you are constructing or remodeling your buildings and spaces to comply with ADA requirements or expect heavy consequences.

Complying With ADA Requirements
The purpose of the ADA is to give everyone equal access. Ensuring that your building or space provides equal access to those with handicaps is the right thing to do. It can also be costly to do otherwise. Fines can be between $55,000 to $75,000 for the first offense, and double that for additional offenses. Additionally, not complying with the ADA can leave you open to lawsuits.

There are many ADA requirements for commercial buildings, but some of the most common include:

  • Hardware on doors that everyone can access.
  • Public and company bathrooms that can be accessed by anyone.
  • Parking that is accessible to those with disabilities and have it labeled and enforced as such.
  • Wide door frames to allow wheelchairs to fit through.
  • Drinking fountains that are accessible to all.
  • Flooring that does not restrict or impede mobility.
  • Grab bars and railings in locations where they could be needed.
  • Handicap ramps and/or installing curb cuts; a building is required to have 60 percent of entrances and exits be accessible to those with disabilities.
  • Furniture and other furnishings, or any feature, that do not create barriers to receiving service.

Find the complete list of requirements in the ADA Checklist.

Tucker Paving has over 25 years of experience in the asphalt and concrete paving industry. We are very familiar with ADA requirements for residential, commercial, and municipal construction regarding sidewalks, curbs, and more. Contact us today by calling?(863) 299-2262, or fill out our contact form online, to let our experts handle your next paving project!