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! 

Know How to Keep Workers Safe in the Florida Heat

Florida’s summers can be brutally hot and humid, and it’s especially dangerous for those working outdoors in the heat. Construction workers are prime candidates for suffering from a hot Florida day, with those in roofing and road work being at a higher risk. There are many factors at play that lead to heat exhaustion and heat stroke, both of which are dangerous health conditions. As Florida’s temperatures and humidity rise, it’s important to know how to keep workers safe.

Factors That Lead to Heat-Related Illnesses
There are many factors that put workers at risk of developing heat-related illnesses while on the job. Construction companies and those in supervisory roles need to look for:

  • No Time for Heat Acclimation. Those working in a hot environment, such as outdoors in Florida, need time to get acclimated to hot and humid conditions. When the weather slowly warms up over a period of days, the body can adjust and acclimate to higher temperatures. However, if hot temperatures come on quickly, or if a new or returning worker is just starting to work in hot conditions, then heat-related illnesses are much more likely.
  • High Humidity. The body cools itself by sweating, and the sweat is evaporated off the skin; this cools the body down. However, Florida’s common high humidity in the rainy season means that sweat is less likely to evaporate. Then, the body can’t cool itself and heat-related illnesses are much more likely.
  • Too Much Clothing. Many construction sectors require workers to wear pants, cover their arms, and more. Clothing can hold in heat and restrict sweat evaporation.
  • Dehydration. Workers must drink water or sports drinks to replace liquids lost from sweating. Soda, coffee, and alcohol can increase dehydration.
  • Health Conditions. Many health conditions and medications increase susceptibility to heat-related illnesses. Different workers will have varying tolerances to heat.
  • Supervisors should watch for the signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke—thirst, irritability, rash, cramping, lack of sweating, confusion, disorientation, slurred speech, or unconsciousness. Heatstroke is a medical emergency that should involve calling 911 and moving the affected worker somewhere cool and shaded. Supervisors and employees should be trained to recognize the signs of both heat exhaustion and heatstroke.

 

Don’t Skimp on the Safety Walkaround

At Tucker Paving, we take the safety of our workers and clients very seriously. One way we demonstrate this commitment is by conducting safety walkarounds. What is a safety walkaround? Glad you asked! A safety walkaround is basically a tour of the jobsite with the intention of finding and correcting any safety concerns.

The Safety Walkaround, Broken Down
There are three stages to a safety walkaround, and each stage plays an important part in the overall safety of the entire team. At Tucker Paving, we don’t believe in cutting corners, so when we do a safety check, we make sure it’s done right.

  1. Pre-inspection. Before starting any walkaround, it’s important to identify any areas of concern, plus schedule a time that will be convenient for any managers, officials, or safety committee members that should be involved. Make sure that any necessary equipment will be ready, and that you have the appropriate attire for the worksite.
  2. Inspection time. While doing the walkaround, keep a sharp eye out for things that be potential safety issues, such as tripping hazards, blocked exits, poorly maintained equipment, frayed or exposed electrical components, needless clutter, etc.
  3. Post-inspection. A report and abatement plan should be drafted soon after the inspection which includes a timeline for corrective actions to be taken. This should be shared with all involved parties and updated as improvements are implemented.

Better Safe Than Sorry
At Tucker Paving, we work hard to ensure our work is done on time, within budget, and safely. The well-being of our workers and clients is of paramount importance to us. When you need paving work done, trust Tucker Paving to get the job done right. Give us a call at (863) 294-1007 for an estimate, or email us at info@tuckerpaving.com for more information.

Don’t Fall Victim to Paving Scams

Nobody likes being cheated, so protect yourself from asphalt scams by calling a REAL pro – like Tucker Paving.

It’s a sad fact that our world is full of individuals looking to make an easy buck by taking advantage of other people through lies and deception. Scam artists abound in just about every arena, including the world of construction and paving. Here at Tucker Paving, we truly abhor hearing stories about good citizens getting ripped off by shady contractors and crooked con artists.

Buyer Beware
We at Tucker Paving have heard some real horror stories of people paying thousands of dollars for shoddy work that wasn’t even completed by swindlers who had no business running any type of equipment. Protect yourself from being a victim by following a few easy steps.

  • Have the work done on YOUR terms. First off, if you need your driveway paved, call a few reputable companies for estimates and go with the one you feel most confident about. Don’t give an important job to someone who just wanders up to your doorstep unexpectedly to offer you a deal too good to be true.
  • Check their credentials. Any legitimate company will make it easy for you to ascertain their certification and credibility. If they can’t show you that they’re appropriately licensed, assume that they aren’t.
  • Be suspicious of huge discounts. Scammers often offer their services at ridiculously low prices. If someone offers to do a job at a significantly lower rate than any other company in the area, watch out. There’s a good chance they will just take your money and disappear.
  • Get it in writing. Verbal contracts are difficult to enforce, so get everything in writing. They don’t want to sign a proper contract? Tell them to get lost!

Protect Yourself
Thieves know what they’re doing, and they know it’s wrong. Don’t count on them to suddenly change. Protect yourself, your property, and your investments by knowing what to watch out for, and when you need a professional company to handle your paving needs, count on Tucker Paving.

Go Green With Your Next Paving Project

Green options can be affordable and aesthetic for patios, walkways, and more.

Going green is a big deal these days, with the increasingly worrisome news about global climate concerns. There is always something we can do as individuals to lessen our environmental impact, especially when we undertake construction or paving projects. Tucker Paving understands the urgency of taking better care of the land we use, and we do what we can to encourage our clients to use environmentally friendly strategies in their projects, like using green designs for patios and walkways.

Going Green in Paving Projects
The good news is that using green options for patios and walkways can be an affordable choice. Using bricks or pavers will have a comparable cost to good quality concrete. Tucker Paving can walk you through all of your options.

  • Use recycled materials. One of the best ways to reduce environmental impact is by using reclaimed materials instead of new ones. This drastically reduces the amount of energy and resources used to produce the materials for your project, plus it reduces the amount of waste sent to landfills.
  • Use permeable paving solutions. Driveways, walkways, and patios can be made from gravel, spaced bricks, pavers, stone, and other materials that allow more water to seep into the soil, reducing runoff that can pollute local bodies of water.
  • Use local materials. Whenever possible, opt for locally produced materials. This is another way to decrease the amount of energy used to transport materials from the production site to the construction site.

Go Green to Show You Care
The truth is, we all need to share this one planet for generations to come, so it’s up to all of us to do our part to take care of it. Tucker Paving is committed to good environmental stewardship, and we are happy to talk to you about how you can reduce your impact in your next paving project, just give us a call!

What’s Changed in Florida’s Building Codes for 2021?

Explore the changes you’ll see in the latest edition of the Florida Building Code.

The Florida Building Commission is required by law to update the Florida Building Code every three years, and 2020 saw many meetings, multiple code modification proposals, and a slew of comments from the public to arrive at The Florida Building Code, 7th Edition (2020). The new codes took effect on January 1st, 2021. Explore an overview of the changes made—some of them quite significant—to The Florida Building Code.

Changes to The Florida Building Code
The Florida Building Code sets minimum standards concerning the design, construction, compliance, and regulations that aim to ensure buildings are safe and secure. Changes that were made to the code in the last update include:

  • Roofing requirements – building, residential, and existing building. Changes include roof assembly requirements aimed at improving wind damage resistance and minimizing water infiltration. These include changes to the underlayment, wind loads, mitigation for roofs, soffits, and certain wiring methods.
  • Wind loads – building and residential. The new code updated wind criteria to align with ASCE 7-16 (Minimum Design Loads and Associated Criteria for Buildings and Other Structures), which has important changes concerning wind load provisions, including criteria for rooftop solar panels, higher design wind pressures on roofs of buildings with a mean roof height of under 60 feet, and for attached canopies. There is also a new wind speed map for Risk Category IV for High-Velocity Hurricane Zones.
  • Energy conservation volumes – residential and commercial. There are significant new residential provision changes, such as prohibition on electric resistance space heating for prescriptive projects in Climate Zone 2, new minimum equipment efficiencies, a minimum fan efficacy stipulation for heat recovery ventilation for energy recovery ventilation for whole-house mechanical ventilation, and more. Changes to the code concerning commercial provisions include changes to a variety of control requirements for various commercial buildings.

Tucker Paving has been a part of the construction industry in the asphalt and concrete paving sector for over 25 years. Contact us online, or call us at?(863) 299-2262, for assistance with your asphalt and concrete paving projects! 

Drones in the Construction Industry

Explore how drones are taking the construction industry by storm.

There are numerous facets to a construction project, and each one requires tracking and verification for a project to be completed on-time and under budget. The latest technology aimed at tackling these tasks is drones. Also called unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs, drones are being utilized in multiple areas on and off a construction site.

Uses for Drones on a Construction Site
There are numerous tasks that a drone can complete with ease, especially when combined with other technology, such as thermal cameras, mapping tools, and GPS. Drones can be utilized for:

Mapping. From grading and surveying to comparing the final product to its designs, drones can map out a construction site, taking images and videos. Software and apps can convert those images to valuable data and advanced analytics about a job site.

Tracking. Working as eyes in the sky, drones can keep track of numerous parts of any job site. Tracking can be applied to keeping tabs on the progress of a worksite, but drones can also be used to track machinery, equipment, and vehicles to keep an inventory and deter theft.

Inspecting. Drones can effortlessly travel to the top of high buildings, under bridges, to remote corners of a worksite, and to just about any area that would be difficult for workers to access quickly and easily. This allows for inspections prior to repairs, provides visual inspection verification requirements, and more.

Managing worksites. From the day-to-day work on a job site to monitoring weekly and monthly progress, the data from a drone provides key insights into progress, work-flow, and monitoring all of the many details that require verification, approval, and assessment.

Marketing. Drone footage is phenomenal when it comes to marketing a construction company’s capabilities and scope of work.

Tucker Paving has extensive experience in the asphalt and concrete paving industry. We’re well-versed in a variety of residential, commercial, and municipal projects. Contact us today by calling?(863) 299-2262, or fill out our contact form online, to let our experts handle your next concrete or asphalt paving project! 

 

Is Your Home Ready for Hurricane Season?

Make sure you and your home are prepared in case a hurricane passes over your neck of the woods

Hurricane season is swiftly approaching, and it’s time to be proactive and start preparing now. The Atlantic hurricane season officially starts June 1, giving you a few months to get ready. While you’re stocking up on water and checking your battery supply, make sure you are preparing your home as well. Since “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” now is the time to prepare your home for a major storm to prevent significant damage as much as possible.

Preparing Your Home for a Hurricane
Prepping your home for a hurricane can be divided into categories, and there will be both short-term and long-term improvements you can make.

Roof
Your roof is one of the most likely areas to sustain damage in a hurricane.

  • Check the state of your roof and make repairs and add sealant where needed.
  • Install metal roof straps if your roof currently doesn’t have any.
  • Inspect roof trusses and fix or replace those without enough bracing.
  • Have your roof re-shingled with impact-resistant shingles.

Windows and Doors
Faulty windows or doors can let wind and rain into your home.

  • Check the seams and seals of all doors and windows and make necessary repairs or replacements.
  • Add deadbolts to doors to increase their strength.
  • Make sure window locks work so you can lock your windows ahead of an approaching storm.
  • Have impact-resistant windows and doors installed.

Outdoor and Lawn Areas
Pay attention to the areas around your home too, as everything that is not secure poses a danger to your home as a projectile.

  • Check that all outdoor features—porches, decks, sheds, carports, fencing, etc.—are in good repair and are anchored.
  • Move all patio furniture, lawn ornaments, birdbaths, etc. indoors.
  • Trim trees within 10 feet of your home.
  • Clean your gutters to prevent overflow damage to siding, roof, and foundation.
  • Inspect your foundation for damage, cracks, or distress to ensure water doesn’t find a way in.

Tucker Paving has been in the Central Florida area for over 25 years, and we know the damage a powerful storm can do. We specialize in the asphalt and concrete paving industry, working on residential, commercial, and municipal projects. Contact us online, or give us a call at?(863) 299-2262, for your asphalt or concrete paving project!

Do You Know OSHA’s COVID-19 Regulations?

A hundred years ago, American employees in construction often worked under dangerous conditions, and employers were under no legal obligation to take the safety of workers into consideration when assigning tasks. Fortunately, times have changed! In 1971, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was established by the United States Department of Labor, and now we have rules and regulations that govern what is too risky for a worker to be exposed to. Tucker Paving takes the safety of all of our workers and partners very seriously and stays up-to-date on all safety standards.

OSHA Regulations for Construction
In the COVID era, health and safety are getting priority treatment. Like any other construction company, Tucker Paving is expected to protect the health of our employees and the public by minimizing potential exposure to the perilous virus. Here are some of the guidelines set forth by OSHA to protect us all:

  • Encourage workers to stay home if they are ill.
  • Allow the use of masks on the job site. 
  • As much as possible, advise employees to maintain appropriate social distance by allowing everyone at least six feet of personal space.
  • Promote hygienic activities like handwashing by providing either soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Use EPA-approved cleaning chemicals to sanitize shared equipment and spaces (such as portable toilet facilities) frequently.
  • Minimize in-person meetings and use good social distancing and sanitation protocols.
  • Encourage all workers to promptly report any health or safety concerns to the appropriate supervisor.

We Follow the Rules
At Tucker Paving, we know that no one wants to pick up a potentially deadly disease at work to take home to their families. We take the threat of coronavirus very seriously and work hard to make sure that all of our employees, and anyone else that we come in contact with, is as safe as possible. By working together, we can overcome this unprecedented challenge!