1. Parking Lot Size Isn’t an Exact Science
Zoning regulations vary by state and city, but there are a few relative standards that help determine how much space is devoted to parking.
Average parking space size is 9 feet wide by 19 feet long. Talk to your local zoning administrator and make sure your parking lot will meet code requirements. Sometimes these requirements depend on the use of your business – how many people will be coming to your business on a daily basis or for events. Some zonings encourage ‘shared parking’ among local businesses and this can allow for smaller individual parking lots by businesses. Designing a parking can be challenging – the trick is to achieve a balance of what’s best for the environment and what drivers expect. Driving into a parking lot that’s near capacity frustrates people who want a convenient spot, but too-large lots contain wasted space. The biggest effect on the environment that a large parking lot has is that it attracts a lot of traffic to come and park there and water will run off of the surface because asphalt parking lots are impervious so if the parking lot is large the water run-off system needs to be designed to handle the storm water. At Counts Contracting we’re your small business parking lot specialists, and we will look for ways to help you minimize the size of your lot for cost and environmental conservation. At the same time we want you to have a parking lot that meets local code and allows all of your customers to find a spot.
2. Asphalt Parking Lots are Finished Fast
The two most common paving materials for parking lots are asphalt and concrete. More developers use asphalt for several reasons.
Start to finish, an asphalt parking lot is quick to install, doesn’t require curing time and leaves a smooth, low-noise finish. Concrete holds foot traffic within several hours, but it needs days to cure hard enough for vehicle traffic. Water in the concrete mix causes crystallization, which hardens the material. Asphalt is ready to use shortly after its installed because curing isn’t a issue.Both materials are best installed when ambient temperature is 50 degrees or higher, but asphalt isn’t compromised by warmer temperatures.
3. Asphalt Isn’t a Burden on the Environment
So we talked about the environmental impact that a very large asphalt parking lot could have on the environment – it invites traffic – automobile emissions and it is considered an impervious surface so a storm water system is key to making sure that a large asphalt parking lot has minimal impact on the environment with consideration to water runoff. Obviously land must be cleared of vegetation and tree / root systems when a large area is paved and we all know this has an impact on the environment as well. The actual asphalt material, however, is made of sustainable organic and or recyclable materials – bitumen and aggregate. In everyday terms, crushed stone mixed with the sticky byproduct of refined petroleum makes the asphalt used for parking lots, driveways and roads. The mix is heated, poured, leveled and compacted to make a smooth, durable surface.
Because of the petroleum content, some think asphalt isn’t the greenest paving option. But calculating the carbon footprint takes more than just the materials that go into it.
The petroleum required for asphalt is a leftover; a by-product that would otherwise be discarded. The lifespan of asphalt paving is greater than concrete, so there’s less wasteful demolition and disposal of old paving materials. When old asphalt is eventually replaced, the material removed is reused to make new asphalt.
This is all in line with one of the hallmarks of green living: Reduce, reuse and recycle. With asphalt, you’re reducing the need to consume more resources because the pavement lasts longer. Old materials are saved for reuse, and ultimately recycled into new asphalt.
These are only a few of the many reasons to consider asphalt parking lot paving. With its attractive, stain-resistant appearance, smooth surface and eco-friendly nature, its no wonder that well over 90% of American roads and parking lots are asphalt.
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