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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!? 

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!

 

 

Speed Bumps — The Good, the Bad, and the Compromise

Speed bumps are transverse ridges that serve to calm traffic in areas where it’s safest to have vehicles travel at a slow rate of speed. Usually seen in residential areas, speed bumps slow traffic down to 5 to 10 miles per hour (mph) as vehicles must slow down in order to safely drive over them. Driving over a speed bump at a higher rate of speed can be damaging to vehicles and can be very jarring to the passengers in the vehicle. Explore the benefits and disadvantages of speed bumps.

Speed Bump Pros
Speed bumps are traffic-calming features that are very successful in slowing down traffic, hence why they are called “sleeping policemen” in other countries. Benefits of speed bumps include:

  • A safer roadway. Speed bumps slow down traffic in residential areas, meaning pedestrians and bike riders are less likely to be involved in a collision with a vehicle.
  • Fewer vehicle accidents. Slower traffic also means fewer vehicle accidents. Additionally, those accidents that do occur are generally minor as both vehicles are more likely to be traveling at a slow speed.
  • Improves speed limit compliance. Speed bumps are effective at slowing down the speed of vehicles, so other options for speed limit compliance, like traffic lights or a police presence, are less likely to be needed.

Speed Bump Cons
Not everyone is a fan of speed bumps, however. Speed bump critics maintain there are disadvantages to having speed bumps in a community. These include:

  • Speed bumps also slow down emergency vehicles. Firetrucks, ambulances, and police cars also have to slow down for speed bumps, too, meaning it takes longer for them to respond to emergencies. However, most emergency responder vehicles are better equipped than civilian vehicles to handle going over speed bumps at a higher rate of speed.
  • Speed bumps are unsightly. Usually, speed bumps are painted bright yellow and include road signs so drivers are not surprised by them. Some argue that this makes speed bumps an eyesore that can lower property values.
  • They increase congestion. Speed bumps create congestion during periods of high traffic volume. This means more air pollution, noise pollution, and inconvenience for those living in and traveling through areas with speed bumps.

While speed bumps may cause inconveniences or mar the look of a smooth roadway, they do increase the safety of an area. In the end, the benefits of speed bumps vastly outweigh the disadvantages.

Tucker Paving delivers over 25 years of experience in the asphalt and concrete paving industry. We put our expertise to work for residential, commercial, and municipal clients alike. Contact us today by calling?(863) 299-2262, or fill out our contact form online, to let our expertise work for you on your next concrete or asphalt paving project!

 

Potholes Are More Than Just Eyesores

Potholes can be a real nuisance. They can cause damage to vehicles, cause injury to pedestrians, and plus, they can be a real eyesore. When you’ve invested in a parking lot for your place of business, you don’t want potholes in it giving the public a negative impression of your space. Tucker Paving can fix those unsightly pockmarks on your paved surface for you.

The Pitfalls of Potholes
What causes potholes in the first place? Usually, what has happened is that water has worked its way through small cracks in the pavement. As the embedded water expands and contracts with temperature changes, the foundation is weakened. Traffic over the weakened area then causes the asphalt to collapse, forming the loathsome pothole.

If left unrepaired, a pothole will enlarge. As more vehicles drive over the affected area, more asphalt will crumble away. So the longer you wait to cause Tucker Paving for a repair, the more damage you are risking. 

Customers who trip and fall due to a pothole can hold you liable for their injuries. The same goes for drivers whose cars are damaged from driving over a pothole in your parking lot. Even if they don’t choose to hold your company financially responsible, they are still walking away from your business with a sour taste in their mouths. 

The development of potholes can indicate that there is a problem with the paving foundation or with the parking lot’s drainage system. Having Tucker Paving out to take a look can not only prevent inconvenience or injury to your customers and employees, but we also can assess the overall condition of the pavement to determine if more than just a quick pothole repair is warranted.

Tucker Paving Fills in the Gaps
Whether Tucker Paving did your parking lot paving originally or not, we’re the people you want to call when you have asphalt problems, including potholes. With over 50 years of experience serving Winter Haven and surrounding communities, you can be assured that we’ll get the job done right the first time.

Asphalt Sealcoating vs. Resurfacing: What’s Right for You?

Asphalt is an excellent paving option that is sustainable and affordable, but unfortunately there is no paving option that lasts indefinitely. While asphalt pavement does have a long life with appropriate care and maintenance, asphalt can start to look worn and aged. Your asphalt might have faded, gained oil spots, or feature cracks or dips where water collects. Thankfully, there are options when it comes to restoring your asphalt pavement to look like it’s new. An experienced asphalt paver like Tucker Paving can let you know if sealcoating, resurfacing, or asphalt pavement replacement are in order.

Sealcoating vs. Resurfacing

Both sealcoating and resurfacing can restore your asphalt pavement to looking like new, but they have different purposes. Sealcoating should be part of the regular maintenance of your asphalt pavement, and it can give your asphalt an instant facelift.

During the sealcoating process, a thin coating of a tar-like liquid is spread over the top of existing asphalt. Sealcoating can cover up faded asphalt, returning your asphalt to that black like-new look. It can also cover up oil stains and other blemishes. 

Sealcoating protects your asphalt from the sun’s damaging UV rays, water, and dirt and debris. It cannot repair cracks or low spots. Sealcoating should be done every three to five years.

Resurfacing is an option that can address minor repair needs. Small cracks and low spots can be patched or filled in, and then another layer of asphalt called an overlay, is added to the top of the existing asphalt pavement. Mino1r flaws in the existing asphalt pavement can be fixed with resurfacing; most pavement needs to be resurfaced every 15 years or so.

While both sealcoating and resurfacing are excellent options for restoring your asphalt pavement, not all asphalt problems can be fixed with these methods. Unfortunately, sometimes asphalt damage can be so extensive—and stem from problems with the base or irrigation—that your asphalt pavement must be completely replaced. An experienced asphalt paver will be able to judge which option is best for your asphalt.

Tucker Paving has over 25 years of experience in the?concrete and asphalt paving?construction?industry, and we offer sealcoating, pavement resurfacing, and asphalt repair and replacement.?Call us at?(863) 299-2262, or?contact us online, for your next project!?? 

Why Should You Choose Asphalt Paving?

There are many options out there when it comes to paving, but for the most part, asphalt paving is the best choice. Whether you are paving a road, parking lot, driveway, or walkway, asphalt pavement is usually the best option. There are many advantages to asphalt paving, and you should consider all of the features and aspects of a paving choice before making a final decision. Explore all of the reasons why you should choose asphalt paving for your next asphalt project.

The Advantages of Asphalt Paving

Asphalt pavement offers many advantages over other types of pavements; there are so many benefits that 94% of roads in the U.S. are paved with asphalt! Benefits of asphalt pavement include:

Asphalt roads are less expensive. Asphalt pavement is fast and relatively easy to build, saving time on labor costs and roadway delays. It is also easier to maintain and repair, which only increases asphalt’s cost-effectiveness.

Asphalt is environmentally friendly. Every part of asphalt pavement is recyclable, making it the most recycled material in the U.S. Asphalt pavement is sustainable and more environmentally friendly than other kinds of pavement.

Asphalt is durable. Asphalt offers a flexible pavement that is able to withstand a variety of uses and conditions. With regular maintenance, asphalt’s lifespan is practically never-ending.

Asphalt is better for vehicles. Asphalt’s high skid resistance makes it a safer option for vehicles. Its smoothness also reduces the friction between vehicle tires and the pavement and improves fuel economy. Asphalt also offers a quieter, smoother ride. Asphalt both reduces the wear and tear on a vehicle and offers a safer driving surface.

Asphalt is attractive. Asphalt’s dark finish looks good, and its black color reduces glare on the road. Furthermore, asphalt’s dark color also offers a higher contrast between the roadway and road markings, meaning road marks are easier for motorists to see and follow.

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

What Is the Worth of a Good Paving Company?

If you find yourself needing to choose a company to lay asphalt for you, Tucker Paving would like to offer some advice. Any paving work is going to be a significant investment, so you want to make sure that you are getting your money’s worth – without breaking the bank. You also want to be confident that your investment is going to last a reasonable amount of time. To that end, we have a few points to consider when picking which asphalt company to hire.

Not All Asphalt Companies Are the Same
Of course, you want to use a reputable company that is properly licensed and insured, like Tucker Paving. Don’t be afraid to ask a company what their insurance coverage is like. They’re going to be working on YOUR property, so if they only carry the minimum required by law, you could still be on the hook for some expenses in the event of a mishap.

Next, inquire what their selection of asphalt is. Different grades of asphalt will contain different amounts of recycled material, and the higher the grade, the better the finished product will look. Determine if the company offers a suitable asphalt for your specific needs. If not, call someone else.

You should find out what type of equipment will be used, and what condition that equipment is in. What about the crew? Does this company have sufficient, experienced employees to complete the job on schedule? Tucker Paving would never accept a job that we weren’t prepared and qualified to handle professionally.

Once you’ve presented your project, ask if they see any unique challenges with it. You don’t want to be surprised when they hand you a bill for extra work that could have been foreseen. While we’re on the topic of billing, request itemized billing to ensure that you know exactly what you’re paying for.

Consider Tucker Paving
When shopping for a reliable asphalt company, don’t forget to put Tucker Paving on your list. Our team of asphalt experts won’t let you down. Call us at (863) 299-2262 to schedule a consultation for your paving project.

5 Signs It’s Time to Call Your Local Paving Pros

Pavement is an important part of any residence or business, but it’s often taken for granted until things start to go awry. Whether your pavement is asphalt or concrete, it’s necessary to perform routine maintenance and upkeep that can keep it in pristine shape, but many neglect this step. Oftentimes, small problems are ignored until they are bigger problems, and eventually, it’s necessary to call in a professional paving company like Tucker Paving. Explore the five signs that let you know it’s time to call your local paving company.

5 Signs You Need to Call a Paving Professional
While pavement maintenance and upkeep are chores that a homeowner or business owner is likely able to do—such as keeping pavement free of dirt and dust and cleaning oil spills—there are many jobs that require a pavement specialist. Look for any of these five signs that let you know it’s time to call in a paving company: 

  1. Significant cracking. Small cracks usually can be easily addressed, but oftentimes small cracks are ignored until they become big cracks or there are multiple cracks. Cracks wider than ¼ of an inch should be addressed by a professional paver.
  2. Warped and/or buckling pavement. Pavement that looks wavy, has high or low spots, or has an uneven surface may have issues with the base structure or the weight being put on it. A paving expert can get to the bottom of the issue and help keep it from becoming a bigger problem.
  3. Standing water. Puddles and standing water are very damaging to both asphalt and concrete as water can degrade seal coating and protective top layers, seep into cracks, and affect the integrity of the pavement. A professional paving company can assist you with figuring out the drainage issues your pavement is having.
  4. Crumbling pavement. Pavement can crumble and erode for a number of reasons. Whether it’s at the edges of the pavement or creating a pothole, crumbling pavement is a serious issue that needs to be addressed by a professional paver.
  5. Unsightly fading or stains. Not all stains are easily removed, and most pavement will fade over time if not maintained. A pavement specialist will be able to share the options available to renew your pavement to looking pristine once again.

Tucker Paving has been in the asphalt and concrete paving industry for over 25 years! Contact us online, or call us at?(863) 299-2262, for assistance with any problems your asphalt or concrete pavement may have!

Tips for Maintaining Your Asphalt Driveway

When you make an investment in your home or commercial property, you want to know that your money was well spent and that the upgrades you’ve made will continue to add value to your property for many years to come. If you’ve recently had Tucker Paving install a new asphalt driveway, we have a vested interest in making sure that you have the information you need to protect our work. Therefore, we present the following tips for maintaining your nice, new pavement to keep it looking great for a long time.

Protecting the Pavement
It goes without saying that an asphalt driveway is going to be subject to some rough conditions. Between vehicle usage and the unforgiving Florida weather, that pavement is going to take a pounding! Tucker Paving works hard to provide you with a quality product, so with just a little extra care, you can keep your driveway in good shape for quite a while.

The first thing to do is keep it clean. Don’t let dirt, gravel, leaves, grass, or other debris accumulate on the surface. This rubbish can trap water that damages the asphalt over time. The same goes for oil spots and other fluids that can leak out of vehicles, except these liquids can actually weaken the chemical bonds of the paving mix much faster than water does, leading to cracks and holes. Standing water on asphalt can still be a big problem, so make sure that your driveway has adequate drainage.

Keep an eye out for cracks and potholes, and as soon as you see something, get it repaired. Small cracks will grow, and any cracks will allow more water and other fluids to seep into the asphalt. If you notice grass or weeds sprouting up through the pavement, you know there is some kind of breach there. Call Tucker Paving right away for repairs.

Trust Tucker Paving with Your Asphalt Needs
Whether you need a home driveway or a plaza parking lot paved, you can count on Tucker Paving for top-quality work and outstanding customer service. Call us at (863) 299-2262 to discuss your next paving project!

Don’t Put Up With Pavement Eyesores

Pavement is an important part of your home or business’s hardscape, and you want it to function and look as good as possible for as long as possible. Whether it’s a driveway, parking lot, walkway, or other paved surface, you don’t want it to be ruined by eyesores. Unfortunately, since pavement was meant to be used, there are many different eyesores that could arise. Find out how to fix most pavement eyesores, though contacting an experienced pavement specialist like Tucker Paving is usually the best option.

Fixing Pavement Eyesores
Cracks and Other Damage. Pavement, whether asphalt or concrete, generally requires some form of upkeep and maintenance to keep cracks and other damage at bay. Usually, small cracks and other damage can be filled, patched, and repaired if caught in time, but they will only get worse if left alone. Having a pavement expert determine whether cracks are from a structural issue or another issue and determining how to fix them is best.

Oil Stains. Pavement that is used by vehicles is likely to come into contact with vehicle fluids like oil. If you can puncture the stained area of the pavement with a tool like a screwdriver, then the oil has already caused damage to the pavement and will need to be repaired or sealcoated. Oil stains that have not yet damaged the pavement surface can be cleaned with degreaser.

Faded Pavement. Pavement can fade or become discolored from dirt and oxidation from the sun’s UV rays. Sealcoating your asphalt pavement will restore it to looking like new, and it will protect it from further damage from the sun and the elements; asphalt should be sealcoated every few years. Concrete pavement can be pressure-washed and sealed to help protect it from dirt and discoloration; this also extends the life of your concrete pavement.

Tree Roots. Tree roots can wreak havoc with pavement when they grow under the pavement, causing the pavement to lift and crack. It’s best to consult a pavement expert and/or an arborist on whether the tree needs to be removed or not and how to best fix any pavement damage.

Tucker Paving is a pavement expert with over 25 years of experience in the asphalt and concrete paving industry! Contact us online, or call us at?(863) 299-2262 to fix any eyesores your asphalt or concrete pavement may have!