Industrial facilities can become entire worlds of their own, in many cases sprawling out over several acres of land. Properties of this size require plenty of paving for driving, parking, walking, and operating machinery. Ongoing asphalt maintenance is crucial for industrial facilities to ensure safe, smooth, consistent surfaces for all personnel, guests, and customers. Simply focusing on one area of pavement won’t suffice – industrial paving must adopt a comprehensive approach. With that in mind, here are five key places to consider new industrial paving at your facility.
1. Commercial Driveways
Standard commercial paving operations are usually concerned with a single driveway (maybe two). On the other hand, it’s not uncommon for an industrial facility to feature several driveways stemming from multiple points of entry – this design facilitates safety and efficiency as trucks, cars, and other vehicles enter, exit, or move from one part of the facility to the next. If some driveways on your campus are in worse condition than others, it can slow down your facility’s operations and force traffic in less-than-efficient directions. To keep everything flowing, provide all of your driveways with the same level of care, investing in new industrial paving at appropriate intervals that cover them all.
2. Loading Docks
Loading areas can wear down quicker than other portions of your facility’s pavement. After all, these designated spots receive regular traffic each and every day, constantly compressed by heavy trucks for long periods of time. You can expect to see a greater amount of cracks, potholes, and divots in these areas. If you don’t maintain, repair, and/or repave your loading dock pavement as needed, loading and unloading can become a greater challenge as trucks don’t rest evenly or at the proper grading to attach to each dock.
3. Parking Lots
Parking lots could be considered the bread and butter of commercial and industrial paving companies alike. These wide spans of asphalt give contractors plenty to do, especially when it comes to paving an expansive industrial campus. You don’t want to let your facility’s parking lots fall by the wayside, either. A rough-and-tumble parking lot isn’t just a nuisance for employees and customers – it’s a hazard to every vehicle and pedestrian as they enter your grounds. A beaten-up parking lot is an eyesore, too. Keep up your reputation and worker morale by repairing, resealing, and repainting your industrial parking lot every few years and as needed. Most industrial lots need full repaving after 10-15 years.
4. Parking Garages
Paved parking garages sometimes get put on the back burner since they’re less visible than outdoor parking lots, driveways, and walkways. However, these areas require ongoing asphalt maintenance and periodic paving, too. Note that this maintenance might not need to occur as frequently as for non-sheltered asphalt surfaces. After all, parking garage pavement is at least partially-shielded from sunlight, rainfall, wind, and other threatening environmental factors (they do still have to contend with temperature fluctuations, pressure of heavy vehicles, pests, etc.).
Vehicles might be the main mode of transportation to, from, and around a large industrial campus, but people walk from place to place, too. With so much activity taking place, pedestrians on your site must be able to safely walk to where they’re going. Paved walkways offer a sturdy, high-traction surface for pedestrians. Not only should your industrial or commercial paving company keep these walkways in great condition – but they should also clearly designate them as pedestrian zones via line striping and other visual cues, so everyone remains safe on the site.
Paving the Way to a Safer, Streamlined Industrial Facility
Odds are your New England industrial campus is riddled with paved surfaces. Make sure they’re all properly tended to by working with an experienced industrial paving company like Cassidy Paving. Call us today at 866-978-9788 for a free estimate on your next asphalt project!