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Marino Paving—Professional Paving for Your Business

For many of your clients, their first impression of you is formed by how the outside of your office looks—and the very first thing they usually see is the parking lot!

The first step in creating a professional paving job is to address any problems and/or issues that have been created by weather or long-term wear and tear on the pavement. At Marino Paving we take all the steps necessary to create a level base prior to laying down the asphalt.

Once the substructure has been fixed, it is then time to put down the asphalt. A truly professional asphalt job does not have any seams. (However, if you look at many parking lots you can see the overlap between the sections of asphalt!) We take pride in creating a professional finish for our clients.

For a no obligation quote, please give us a call on 908-226-9660.

Why Sealcoating is the Best Defense Against Winter

Summer is almost gone, Fall will be here before you know it and then Winter will be just around the corner!

Why am I discussing the weather? Because the extremes of temperature that we experience in New Jersey are the worst enemy of your parking lot and other paved areas.

When an asphalt surface gets a crack in it, this is an open invitation for water and debris to fall is, freeze and thaw, and cause expansion.  This in turn causes more cracking and soon your parking lot is full of pot holes as the cracked pieces of aspharlt began to crumble.

There are primarily three types of pavement sealers. They are commonly known as refined tar-based (coal tar based), asphalt-based, and petroleum-based. All three have their advantages but typically, but we will look at where you are located and determine the best one for you.

Application methods

Prior to application the surface must be completely clean and dry using sweeping methods and/or blowers. If the surface is not clean and dry, then poor adhesion will result. Pavement sealers are applied with either pressurized spray equipment, or self-propelled squeegee machines or by hand with a squeegee. Equipment must have continuous agitation to maintain consistency of the sealcoat mix. The process is typically a two-coat application which requires 24 to 48 hours of curing before vehicles can be allowed back on the surface. Once the surface is properly prepared, then properly mixed sealer will be applied at about 60 square feet per gallon per coat.

Sealcoating before winter sets in is the best way to make sure that your parking lot lasts as long as possible.  If a sealcoat is done properly, it can keep the the moisture out, and you can avoid the ‘freeze and thaw’ destructive action.

While time is getting away from us, there is still time for you to call for an estimate on seal coating your commercially paved areas.  Just give us a call and we can provide you with a quote.  We look forward to hearing from you!

How your Parking Lot Looks is your Client’s First Impression of your Business

First impressions matter. Whether you feel this is justified or not doesn’t matter – it’s the truth, and as a business owner, it’s in your best interest to put your company’s best face forward in order to win and keep clients.

When a prospective client first pulls up to your business, your parking lot is the first thing they experience. They don’t just see your parking lot first – they feel it. If it’s full or potholes or your pavement isn’t even, clients might infer that parking lot maintenance isn’t one of your priorities. And if you don’t care enough to properly maintain your parking lot, they might wonder what else you don’t prioritize at the company.

A few ways to use your parking lot to make a good impression on your clients include:

  • Cleaning the parking lot every day. In the fall, this might include removing fallen leaves. In the winter, it can mean having snow plowed away so the parking spots and path to your building are clear. It also involves cleaning trash left behind and washing oil stains off the asphalt. Not only will washing oil stains away improve the parking lot’s appearance, it will increase its longevity.

  • Landscaping in and around the parking lot. If you have trees or shrubs around the lot’s perimeter or on medians within it, take the time to prune them to keep them looking neat.

  • Repaint the lines on the asphalt as they fade. This way, there will be no confusion about where the spots and lanes within the parking lot are.

  • Fill all potholes and reseal the surface when necessary. A smooth surface is not only attractive, it’s more comfortable and safer for drivers and pedestrians.

For an initial assessment of your parking lot, call Marino Paving. We can help you make your parking lot look perfect.

How Keeping Up on your Commercial Parking Lot’s Maintenance Can Save you Money

If you’ve been putting off your parking lot’s maintenance because you don’t want to spend the money, stop. Every day your lot goes without the repairs and maintenance it needs, you actually increase the amount of money you will have to spend on the parking lot.

How? It’s just like your car – you can avoid costly repairs and replacements by taking care of your vehicle with regular alignments and oil changes. Your commercial parking lot is no different; if you put in a small bit of time and effort on a regular basis, you can extend its life and avoid being hit with a large bill at once. A few important pieces of regular maintenance to perform for your parking lot include:

  • Repainting its marks when they fade.

  • Unclogging its drains, especially after large storms.

  • During the winter, spreading salt to avoid ice accumulation.

  • Repairing broken curbs.

  • Cleaning the parking lot regularly and checking for oil stains. Oil can make the asphalt soft, creating a risk for further damage.

  • Resealing the parking lot’s asphalt every few years.

One of the biggest ways a poorly maintained commercial parking lot can cost you is through premises liability claims. You are responsible for providing a safe environment for all visitors to your property, and that includes keeping the parking lot safe. An injury suffered from a trip in a pothole, a broken curb, or a collision caused by a poorly marked pathway can all leave you liable for the victim’s damages, which could be tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Call Marino Paving today to discuss your parking lot’s routine maintenance and get a work assessment based on its current condition.

The Value of Keeping Up Bank Parking Lots

You would assume that banks understand the value of a dollar – yet many bank parking lots seem to be vastly undervalued with little or no money being spent on ‘preventative maintenance’.

Just like a car or a house, a parking lot needs to ongoing preventative care, especially here in the Northeast with the large swings in temperature putting stress on paving.

And, of course, from a fiscal point of view, parking lots and sidewalks are usually the second largest capital expenditure for banks – and they will see an immediate return on their investment when their customers feel valued that they took the time and effort to make the surroundings as nice as possible.

Bank customers appreciate driving into a well-cared for parking lot with clear markings, and walking up to the front door on a smooth, level sidewalk. While a great looking landscape is good, there is also the safety factor. If your parking lot or sidewalks have large cracks in them, they pose a safety hazard – especially for ladies in high heels! Also, it is a good idea to check and make sure that your handicap parking stalls are ADA compliant.

Call Marino Paving today to get an assessment of your parking lot. Remember, regular maintenance will prolong the life of your parking lot and save you money in the long run!

Parking Lot Maintenance is Important

Have you ever pulled a string on a sweater? When you do that, it creates a hole that keeps getting bigger and bigger! Just that same type of thing begins to happen when a parking lot or large paved area gets a crack in it. The paving begins to deteriorate as moisture gets under the pavement and the weather causes freezing and thawing that expands and makes the crack larger.

Once an actual hole appears in the pavement, the deterioration begins to speed up and the pavement will begin to crumble. However, there is an answer. If you do regular maintenance and catch the crack before it becomes a hole, you can slow down the deterioration.

Crack sealing is the first line of defense and it is a good idea to do it in either the Spring or the Fall when the weather is more temperate. By sealing the crack, the moisture is kept out and the freezing and thawing will not cause as much damage to the pavement.

Please give us a call and we can come and give you an assessment of the condition of the parking lot at your business.

Marino Paving 908-226-9660.