Basics of an ADA-Compliant Parking Lot

Striping a parking lot requires good attention to detail, from painting to controlling the flow of traffic to following state and municipal codes. This also includes ensuring your parking lot is ADA-compliant. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was passed in 1990, making discrimination based on race, religion, sex, national origin, and other characteristics against the law. Because of this, public accommodations—such as public parking lots—must meet certain accessibility requirements. Explore the basics of an ADA-compliant parking lot.

Ins and Outs of an ADA-Compliant Parking Lot
The ADA is a federal law so all parking lots must adhere to it no matter the state. However, municipal or state building codes may be more intense than the ADA’s regulations.

An ADA-compliant parking lot, as outlined in the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design, must have:

  • There must be one accessible spot, painted as such and with signage, for every 25 parking spots. 
  • A car-accessible space must be at least 8 feet wide with an access aisle of at least 5 feet, for a total width of 13 feet.
  • For parking lots with 501 to 1,000 spaces, accessible spaces should make up 2 percent of all spaces.
  • For parking lots with 1,001 spaces or more, 20 spaces must be accessible, plus one for every 100 spaces over 1,000.
  • Accessible parking spaces should be located at the shortest acceptable route to the building, which offers the easiest access.
  • A minimum of one of every six accessible parking spaces must be van-accessible, which is 8 feet wide and next to an 8-foot access aisle for a total of 16 feet; if your parking lot only has one accessible parking space, then it must be van-accessible.
  • Access aisles can be shared by two accessible parking spaces.
  • The parking surfaces in the accessible spaces and access aisles have to be firm, stable, slip-resistant, it cannot include changes in levelness, and it can only have a slope up to 1:48-inch.
  • Pedestrian routes, including for those parking in an accessible spot, must be marked with paint that contrasts with the parking lot surface.
  • Each accessible space must include a 5-foot-high sign designating it as accessible with the international symbol of accessibility, with van-accessible spaces being marked as such.

Tucker Paving has over 25 years of experience?in the?asphalt and concrete paving industry, and we are well-versed in meeting ADA requirements for residential, commercial, and municipal construction regarding parking lots, sidewalks, curbs, and more. Contact us today by calling?(863) 299-2262, or?fill out our?contact form?online, and let us help you with your next concrete or asphalt paving or striping project!? 

First Aid Training a Must for Construction Sites

There are a multitude of things that can go wrong on a construction site as there are so many inherent dangers in the construction industry. The construction industry is one of the most dangerous industries, with falls, trips and slips, and crushing accidents causing numerous injuries and deaths every year. This makes it important for employees to have first aid training while on a construction site for many reasons. At Tucker Paving, our employees are required to go through a number of safety trainings and competencies, including First Aid and CPR training.

The Benefits of First Aid Training
First aid training is important for many reasons. Construction sites include heavy machinery, power tools, the danger of falling from heights, the risk of electrical shock, heat-related dangers, the danger of falling objects, trenching dangers, enclosed space dangers, and many more. Having employees trained in first aid, including CPR, means that certified individuals can:

  • Treat minor cuts, abrasions, and burns.
  • Stabilize individuals, including those with broken bones or those in shock, until emergency personnel arrive.
  • Recognize the symptoms of common work-related medical emergencies like heat stroke, carbon monoxide poisoning, concussions, and more.
  • Administer CPR, including using an Automated External Defibrillator (AED), in the event of a heart attack, electrical shock, or other heart emergency.
  • Recognize the signs and symptoms of other health emergencies, like heart attack, stroke, low blood sugar, and more, and take appropriate action until emergency personnel arrive.
  • Perform the Heimlich maneuver in the event someone is choking.

There are many certifications that involve attempting to avoid injuries due to the many safety hazards on a construction site, and it is true that every injury is avoidable. However, until every safety hazard is completely foreseen and eliminated, having employees trained in First Aid and CPR is necessary to help treat those illnesses and injuries that do occur. 

We’ve been in the asphalt and concrete paving industry for over 25 years, and safety is our #1 priority! Contact us online, or call us at?(863) 299-2262, for any assistance with your next asphalt, concrete paving, or site construction project!

 

Patch a Pothole? Yes, You Can!

Potholes in any asphalt pavement are a danger and an eyesore, and they are usually a symptom of a larger problem. The number one thing to know about potholes is that they should be dealt with as soon as possible. A pothole will not mend itself or go away. Helped by the elements and traffic, a pothole will always get bigger and deeper as time goes on, and the repairs will always be more extensive and more costly the longer you wait. Never ignore a pothole!

The best option is to have a professional paving company like Tucker Paving to inspect your asphalt pavement and assess the potholes and other damage for the best, longest-lasting repair options. However, there is another option if a paving company cannot come out in a timely manner or the repairs cannot be done immediately.

Cold Patch Asphalt
Another option for dealing with potholes, at least temporarily, is a cold asphalt patch or filler. This option does not require the high temperatures or expensive equipment of hot asphalt. Benefits of using a cold asphalt filler include getting the pothole repaired temporarily so it does not get worse, the job is simple and straight-forward enough that most DIYers are able to comfortably complete it, and the cost of a full repair job can be deferred to a later date.

Generally, you’ll want to square a pothole before patching it, which means chiseling away any cracking or crumbling asphalt until you have a square to fill in rather than a circle. This can be done with an asphalt saw or a hammer and chisel.

Next, remove any debris or plant matter. Add a mixture of course gravel and sand, or even broken asphalt pieces, into the square hole until it is an inch away from the top of the existing asphalt pavement, tamping it down as you go.

Then, add in the cold asphalt filler, tamping down each layer, until it is slightly overfilling the hole. It is best to then tamp it down with a vibrating plate, though a metal tamper or lawn roller will work as well. Lastly, after the appropriate curing time, add a layer of seal coat over the repaired patch of asphalt.

Most cold-filled asphalt potholes are temporary fixes and should be looked at by a professional asphalt paver like Tucker Paving as soon as possible.

Tucker Paving is an asphalt and concrete paving?construction company?with?over 25 years of experience?in?the asphalt and concrete paving industry!?Contact us online, or call us at?(863) 299-2262?for help with your asphalt paving project.????  

When a Construction Zone Is a Danger Zone

With their reduced speeds and greater congestion, construction zones can be a headache for motorists. Unfortunately, they pose an even bigger risk of injury and even death for the workers behind the yellow cones.

According to data from the American Road & Transportation Builders Association, in 2019 there were 762 fatal crashes in work zones in the U.S. with 135 worker fatalities. Motorists shouldn’t just be concerned with worker fatalities alone; those crashes involved 133 pedestrian fatalities and 842 motorist fatalities. Additionally, crashes involving injuries or vehicle damage for 2019 alone reached 115,000 work zone collisions. Ensuring a safe driving experience while traveling through a construction zone is in everyone’s best interest.

Tips for Safe Driving Through a Construction Zone
Safety for both construction zone workers and motorists traveling through a work zone is the first priority. When traveling through a construction zone, make sure to:

  • Slow Down. The speed limit in construction zones when workers aren’t present is typically 55 mph, and it can be much lower if workers are present. Traveling at a slower speed is necessary to be able to read the orange work zone signage, adjust to changing lane patterns, merge for closed lanes, and more. Slowing down gives drivers more time to react and drive in a safe manner.
  • Follow Signage. Orange signs, cones, barrels, barricades, arrows, and more direct motorists to lane closures and new traffic patterns, and they must be followed for both the safety of motorists and those working behind the barricades.
  • Follow the Directions of Flaggers. When traffic needs to be stopped or redirected, a flagger is often used to control traffic. Their directions should be followed without question.
  • Pay Attention. A construction zone includes heavy machinery, construction vehicles, loud noise, and hot or dangerous materials. Drivers need to be aware to be able to react quickly to anything that may go amiss.

Tucker Paving has been in the asphalt and concrete paving industry for over 25 years, and safety has always been our leading priority! Contact us online, or call us at?(863) 299-2262, for assistance with your next asphalt or concrete paving project!

Be Smart About Generator Safety

Power hand tools are a familiar feature on many jobsites for Tucker Paving as well as lots of other construction companies. Some are battery-powered while others rely on electricity, which means there has to be an electrical source on hand. Portable generators are a routine solution, providing power wherever it is needed. These handy pieces of equipment can pose some serious risks if not operated properly though.

Generator Safety Tips
At Tucker Paving, safety is a top priority on all jobs. When you work with a portable generator, make sure that you take a look at the manual included with the machine before even using it. Familiarize yourself with the main components of the generator and all its warning and hazard symbols. Then do a quick visual inspection of the generator to check for possible safety hazards, like loose or frayed wires or other signs of damage.

Next, think about where that generator needs to go. While it needs to be situated where it can be utilized by whoever needs power, it must be in an area outdoors away from people. Generators produce carbon monoxide, an odorless, colorless gas that can cause serious physical symptoms – even death – very quickly.

Generators should never be used in any enclosed or partially enclosed space. There needs to be at least three feet between a generator and any occupied building. If anyone working near a generator begins to experience dizziness, nausea, headache, fatigue, or disorientation, get the person to fresh air immediately

Another potential risk posed by portable generators is the possibility of electrical shock. Make sure the equipment is properly grounded by wrapping grounding wire around the grounding lug included with the generator and just bury it in the ground. This will send electricity into the ground instead of the person operating the generator in the event of a malfunction.

Tucker Paving Is Safe and Reliable
When you work with Tucker Paving, you can rest assured that we have taken every precaution necessary on each and every job. The safety of our workers, clients, and the public are of the utmost importance to us.

Asphalt Overlay vs. Asphalt Sealcoating

Asphalt is a paving option that has minimal maintenance, but it is not maintenance free. Similarly, while asphalt pavement generally holds up well against the elements and vehicle traffic, problems can arise from time to time. Two maintenance and/or repair options you have with asphalt pavement is an asphalt overlay or asphalt sealcoating, but they are not the same thing. The use of either depends on the state of your current asphalt pavement.

Overlays vs. Sealcoating

There are a few differences between sealcoating and overlays, and they are related to how each option is used. Sealcoating is a thin coat of liquid that is added over the top of existing asphalt pavement in order to protect it. Sealcoating is not meant to work as a repair or patch for cracked or crumbling asphalt. It renews the attractive dark color of the asphalt pavement and protects the pavement from the sun’s UV rays, water, dirt, and liquids from vehicles. It is recommended to have asphalt sealcoated every three years or so to protect the asphalt pavement. Sealcoating should also be done to asphalt pavement that has recently had any cracks or potholes repaired.

Overlay, on the other hand, is meant to act as a temporary fix to asphalt pavement that is cracked or has potholes. It is a fresh layer of asphalt that is laid over the old, damaged asphalt pavement. It can generally extend the life of damaged asphalt pavement for a year or two, but the underlying damage will eventually resurface. An overlay is basically a lifeline for asphalt pavement to extend the life of the pavement for a year or two until a complete asphalt replacement can be done.

An experienced and reputable asphalt paving company life Tucker Paving can assess whether your asphalt pavement would benefit most from asphalt sealcoating, asphalt overlay, repairs and sealcoating, or a complete replacement of the existing asphalt. Using a knowledgeable company is the best option for ensuring your asphalt lasts for years to come.

Tucker Paving is an asphalt and concrete paving construction company with over 25 years of experience in the asphalt and concrete paving industry! Contact us online, or call us at (863)299-2262 for help with your asphalt paving project.

Making Your Concrete Driveway’s Curbs More Appealing

A concrete driveway can add serious curb appeal to your home, and there are many design options for the driveway itself that up the curb appeal factor beyond just a standard concrete driveway. Concrete is a strong, affordable, and low-maintenance choice for a driveway, and it can boost your home’s value as well. Adding additional embellishments on top of the many advantages of a concrete driveway can really make your home a stunner that is the talk of the neighborhood.

Embellishments for a Concrete Driveway

Your concrete driveway doesn’t have to be plain; there are many options for upgrades and embellishments that will increase the curb appeal of your home. Options include:

  1. Resurfacing. If your concrete driveway is in good shape, an experienced concrete company like Tucker Paving should be able to resurface your concrete driveway to give it a facelift. Additional embellishments can then be added to make your concrete driveway really pop.
  2. Stamped designs. Special stamps can be used in the drying concrete to give the driveway the look of brick, slate, or stone but without the higher price of those materials!
  3. Stains and tints. Your concrete driveway can be stained or tinted to a variety of colors and combinations to accentuate your home and landscaping. There are a variety of colors in many hues and shades to choose from to compliment or contrast with your home and landscaping.
  4. Texture. The wet concrete of your driveway can be given a texture to add interest and a touch of distinction to your property, making your home really stand out. Textures can be as subtle or as bold as you want.

All of these embellishments can be used together to create a concrete driveway that is truly unique and that adds interest to your home and landscaping. Designs can be created using stamps, stains, and texture to all work in tandem. You can complement your home’s colors, design, and overall feel to create a one-of-a-kind concrete driveway that makes your home a showcase!

Tucker Paving has over 25 years of experience in the concrete and asphalt construction paving industry. We offer concrete paving as well as many other concrete construction. Call us at (863)299-2262, or contact us online, for your next parking lot project!

 

 

Advantages to Using Concrete Retaining Wall

There are many options when it comes to having a retaining wall installed on your property. Such a feature is built to allow you to back-fill a slope with dirt, creating a level surface in your landscape to serve as flat space for a lawn, a patio, garden, or other landscape feature. A retaining wall holds back a serious amount of dirt and possibly water, so it needs to be strong and long-lasting. A concrete retaining wall is usually an excellent choice for the job as a concrete retaining wall offers numerous advantages.

Concrete Retaining Wall Advantages

Concrete retaining walls have many advantages over stone or brick retaining walls.

Options. There are three different kinds of concrete retaining walls: concrete block, precast concrete, or poured-in-place concrete. Each has its benefits.

Strength. A concrete retaining wall will give you a strong retaining wall that will be able to withstand the weight of the dirt it’s holding up.

Durability. A concrete retaining wall can stand the test of time and the elements as its rot-proof, rustproof, and fireproof. A concrete retaining wall can last for decades or even over a century.

Easier installation. A concrete retaining wall is generally easier and quicker to install than other masonry wall structures.

Aesthetically pleasing. Concrete retaining walls can include curves, corners, staircases, and other embellishments. They can also be faced with stone or other materials, textured, and/or painted in numerous ways to match your home and your landscaping.

Low maintenance. Concrete retaining walls require general cleaning about once a year, and additional maintenance includes inspecting it for any cracks or other signs of deterioration. If repairs are necessary, they usually only require patching with mortar.

Environmentally friendly. Concrete retaining walls contain a large amount of natural materials that are sourced locally and/or are recycled.

Cost-effective. A concrete retaining wall delivers all of these benefits at an attractive price range.

While a concrete retaining wall does have many advantages, it is not a job that the average homeowner should attempt to tackle. Finding a reputable company with extensive concrete experience, like Tucker Paving, is advised.

The experts at Tucker Paving have over 25 years of experience in asphalt and concrete pavement construction. We have extensive experience with concrete retaining walls and other concrete construction. Contact us online, or give us a call at?(863) 299-2262, for your next concrete-related project!

Concrete Resurfacing Saves Your Surface

Prevent costly repairs and replacements by having Tucker Paving perform concrete resurfacing on your existing concrete surface.

After investing the money in having a surface created from concrete by a company such as Tucker Paving, it is wise to maintain this concrete adequately, both for aesthetic reasons as well as structural ones. The primary task of maintenance, beyond the regular process of cleaning, is resurfacing the concrete when necessary. Whether the property is used for commercial endeavors or private residential purposes, concrete resurfacing will add life and value to your structure.

The Basics of Concrete Resurfacing

Concrete resurfacing is a fairly simple procedure, involving the application of a coating or overlay on top of an existing concrete service. This overlay can be a thin, cement-based coating, or a sealant made from a modified polymer. Either type of coating will help preserve the concrete surface by preventing water infiltration and cracking.

Tucker Paving can provide you with a complete list of available overlays. There are a variety of choices available to you in terms of color and texture. This allows you to give your structure and property a fresh, new look at a fraction of the cost of replacing a concrete surface altogether. Add some curb appeal to your building by having Tucker Paving resurface a boring, worn out concrete area!

The main thing to remember here is that concrete resurfacing will not just enhance the appearance of your property, it will extend the life of your investment. If not properly maintained, concrete surfaces can become damaged, cracked, and uneven. Not only is this unsightly, it can severely compromise the structural integrity of the surface and surrounding structures, leading to serious safety issues. Don’t take chances that could wind up costing you more money in the long run, let Tucker Paving take care of your existing concrete.

Tucker Paving Is the Right Choice

When you need concrete resurfaced, repaired, or poured, Tucker Paving is the best choice for the job. Our professional, experienced team will work hard to make sure you are completely satisfied with your project!