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ADA Standards for Floor and Ground Surface Construction (Chapter 3)

In construction, floor and ground surfaces are subject to the regulations of the ADA Standards, which form the base of the Department of Transportation.

These standards require specifications for floor and grounding surfaces, which address the surface characteristics, carpeting, openings, and changes in level.

These surfaces can be hazardous, and it is the Department of Transportation’s goal to prevent hazards and make them as minimal as possible.  Hence, these standards were born.

The standards apply to all four major aspects of surfaces:

  1. Interior and exterior accessible routes
  2. Stairways that are part of a means of egress
  3. Clearances that are required
  4. Parking spaces, aisles, and passenger loading zones that are all accessible

Additionally, the standards are based on the three key aspects that contribute to a safe and minimal hazardous surface: firmness, stability, and slip resistant.

As a result, the first and foremost standard is that all surfaces must be stable, firm, and slip resistant.

Slip Resistance

As part of the three major standards for flooring, all surfaces are required by the ADA Standards to be slip resistant.

This means that all surfaces accessible by the public must have some level of resistance to slipperiness to reduce hazards, especially to people with disabilities or injuries.

However, the ADA Standards fail to specify the minimum amount, or, level, of slip resistance a surface must have.  Therefore, there are several protocol tools to help determine or estimate the amount of slip resistance a floor contains.

To comply with the slip resistance regulations, a surface must specify three things:

  1. Surface materials
  2. Textures
  3. Finishes

These three things must be used to prevent slipperiness to the surface, especially in conditions it is likely to face.

To prove that a surface is slip resistant, it must clearly prove the provision of these three things to reduce the risk of hazards.

Firmness and Stability

Secondly, a floor or surface must be firm and stable.

Contributing to the firmness and stability of a surface are four main elements: surface smoothness, carpet, openings, and changes in level.

These elements determine the amount of firmness or stability a surface has, and each is subject to different standards.

First, to provide greater surface smoothness, there are limits placed on openings in floors and grounds by the ADA Standards.  However, they don’t specify the overall amount or level of smoothness a surface requires.

However, it is important to know that rough surfaces such as cobblestones and Belgian blocks can produce hazards and difficulty for mobility aids such as wheelchairs and crutches.

Secondly, carpet standards consist of a specific maximum height and texture a pile can have.

The maximum pile height is half of an inch (1/2), which is measured to the backing, cushion, or pad.

Additionally, the pile texture is required to obtain a level or texture loop, level cut pile, and firm backing.

Openings are subject to a maximum width, where the passage can fit a max of ½ a diameter sphere. 

Finally, changes in level are required to be only ¼ of an inch without treatment, but with it can be ½ if it is beveled with a maximum slope of 1:2.

Additionally, changes above ½ of an inch are required to be classified as a ramp.

Safety First Should Always Be the Motto of a Construction Project

Nothing is more important than keeping your workers and the people walking on your grounds and surfaces safe.

Take precautions and be sure to follow the ADA Standards step by step to ensure that your new facilities truly are the safest they can be.

Help with ADA Standards

Serving clients in New Jersey, New York and Eastern Pennsylvania, the experienced professionals at East Coast Paving and Site Development are prepared to help you achieve the standards for ADA compliance.

For additional questions about ADA compliance, contact the paving experts at East Coast Paving and Site Development at 732-329-3600 or email info@eccompanies.com.

Read more on this series:

The Ultimate Guide to ADA Compliance: Using the ADA Standards (Chapter 1)

Scoping Requirements and ADA Standards for New Construction (Chapter 2 Part 1)

Construction Alterations and the ADA Standards That Affect Them (Chapter 2 Part 2)

Accessible Routes in the ADA Standards (Chapter 4 Part 1)

Construction Alterations and the ADA Standards That Affect Them (Chapter 2 Part 2)

Alteration is something practically all construction sites and facilities undergo at some point or another.

The compliance and standards of these alterations are determined by certain scoping requirements, which are the bases of the 2010 ADA Standards of the Department of Justice and the ADA Standards of the Department of Transportation.

For the additions and alterations of pre existing facilities, the ADA Standards are applicable. 

These standards apply to the elements and/or spaces being altered or added.  Therefore, the extent of which the standards are applied is determined mainly by the project’s scope work.

However, it is important to be aware of the fact that for projects affecting the usage or accessibility to a space that contains a primary function, there are additional requirements and expectations.

So, without further ado, here are the ADA Standards for alterations to existing facilities and which projects apply to them.

What Exactly Is an Alteration?

According to Business Dictionary, an alteration can be defined as a “change that does not affect the basic character or structure of the thing it is applied to” in general terms.

The difference, you might be wondering, between an addition and an alteration is that an addition is welcoming a new space or element to a facility, while an alteration is simply making a small change.

The keyword here is “small”.  As discussed earlier, projects that affect areas containing primary functions to the facility are now subject to new rules and must comply with the ADA Standards for alterations.

There are seven major projects that are classified as alterations:

  1. Remodeling
  2. Renovation
  3. Rehabilitation
  4. Reconstruction
  5. Restoration
  6. Resurfacing
  7. Rearranging

As you might have picked up, the thing that all of these have in common is the fact that they simply change the existing facility for its benefit instead of adding to it or expanding it.

Additionally, things such as maintenance, reroofing or painting aren’t considered alterations, as there is really not much physical change that affects the productivity or purpose of the facility for its own good.

Alterations That Do Affect Usage or Accessibility

The one major requirement that the Department of Transportation ADA Standards set in place for alterations that affect areas of primary functions is that there is a path of travel.

Regardless of whether it is a new addition or an alteration that does or doesn’t affect usage and accessibility, there must be a safe path of travel.

This means that if an alteration affects another function, it still must contain a clear traveling path and now must comply with the ADA Standards for alterations.

Being Comfortable with the ADA Standards Will Result in a Safer and Surer Alteration Project

It is extremely important to ensure that all of your projects and facilities comply with the ADA Standards.

It is never fun to have the Department of Transportation on the back of your construction business and possibly costing you money or getting you into legal trouble.

So, know the expectations set for you, and strive to reach them with excellence and comply with standards for safety and peace.

Help with ADA Compliance

Serving clients in New Jersey, New York and Eastern Pennsylvania, the experienced professionals at East Coast Paving and Site Development are prepared to help you achieve the standards for ADA compliance.

For additional questions about ADA compliance, contact the paving experts at East Coast Paving and Site Development at 732-329-3600 or email info@eccompanies.com.

Read more on the series

The Ultimate Guide to ADA Compliance: Using the ADA Standards (Chapter 1)

Scoping Requirements and ADA Standards for New Construction (Chapter 2 Part 1)

ADA Standards for Floor and Ground Surface Construction (Chapter 3)

Accessible Routes in the ADA Standards (Chapter 4 Part 1)

Scoping Requirements and ADA Standards for New Construction (Chapter 2 Part 1)

In the construction world, there are many standards and requirements that dictate how a job must be done for specific tasks.

Construction work falls under two major categories: the Department of Justice and the Department of Transportation.  As a result, both of these two departments have their own rules and regulations applicable to the construction classified beneath them.

The regulations of the Department of Justice are referred to as the 2010 ADA Standards, and the Department of Transportation’s rules are governed simply by the ADA Standards.

Before beginning new construction under either of these two departments, it is vital to know the rules, regulations, and applications of both.

1. Scoping Requirements

“Scoping” is a term used very frequently in the construction industry, and it refers to the general way a construction job or project is going to be carried out under the signing of a specific contract.

Both the 2010 ADA Standards and the ADA Standards have different requirements for scoping construction.

Firstly, scoping requirements apply to four particular areas of construction.  These are elements, building, facility, and site.

Each is applicable by the Department of Justice’s 2010 ADA Standards and the Department of Transportation’s ADA Standards.

Additionally, there are other scoping requirements for technical provisions and covered elements and spaces that a site provides.

These elements and spaces are parking, means of egress, and plumbing fixtures.

For the 2010 ADA Standards, their requirements are determined by either building codes, design practices, or other factors.

The ADA Standards of the Department of Transportation, on the other hand, list the particular areas, elements, and spaces that are required to be accessible.

2. ADA Standards Application

The Department of Justice and the Department of Transportation both have a set of standards specifically for the application and accessibility of a new construction site.

As for the ADA Standards, requirements apply to all types of facilities, regardless of size or complexity.  This means that all facility sites, from simple, one-building facilities to complex sites containing multiple buildings, are all subject to the same rules.

These application regulations also apply to exterior and interior spaces, as well as all elements a site provides. 

Additionally, whether these sites are permanent or temporary does not matter.  The rules apply to both.

3. Accessibility Regulations

It is important to note that for all new construction, it is mandatory by the ADA Standards that all areas to be fully accessible, which normally means having multiple spaces of the same type.

However, the only three areas not required to be fully accessible or only partially accessible are as follows:

  1. Raised or limited usage spaces
  2. Specific employee work areas
  3. Spaces specifically for scoping provisions of which only particular portions are required to comply

The “particular portions” referred to in number three is areas such as dressing rooms or patient bedrooms, because they are only partially accessible.

Knowing the ADA Standards Ensures Your Construction Work Is Safe, Legal, and Successful

You never want to end up in a situation where you have the ADA on your back because you’ve fallen short of expectations!

Before starting your construction, take precautions and be fully aware of the laws and regulations applicable to your site.

This makes for a happy business, happy customers, and a happy Department of Transportation.

Help with ADA Compliance

Serving clients in New Jersey, New York and Eastern Pennsylvania, the experienced professionals at East Coast Paving and Site Development are prepared to help you achieve the standards for ADA compliance.

For additional questions about ADA compliance, contact the paving experts at East Coast Paving and Site Development at 732-329-3600 or email info@eccompanies.com.

Read more on this series:

The Ultimate Guide to ADA Compliance: Using the ADA Standards (Chapter 1)

Construction Alterations and the ADA Standards That Affect Them (Chapter 2 Part 2)

ADA Standards for Floor and Ground Surface Construction (Chapter 3)

Accessible Routes in the ADA Standards (Chapter 4 Part 1)

Prevent Chilling Snow Problems with Commercial Snow Plowing

Winters on the East Coast can be unpredictable. Sometimes we’re faced with wet piles of snow, other times we’re dealing with dangerous ice storms. Either way, Mother Nature’s wild mood swings can be hard on parking lots and roadways. Thankfully, businesses can prevent the chilling snow damage by prioritizing commercial snow plowing.

What Does Snow do to Asphalt?

If not given the attention it requires, pavement can be damaged by snow and ice build-up including bigger, longer cracks, pavement crumbling, alligator cracking and potholes.

Why does this happen?

The notorious freeze-thaw cycle can be to blame. And if preventative maintenance has been ignored in the past, water will be more likely to seep its way under pavement into the sub-base. The relentless cycle of expansion/contraction that happens over and over all winter long will end up widening those smaller cracks into bigger ones. This will end up weakening pavement and lead to crumbling and dangerous potholes.

So, what’s a business-owner to do?

Prevent Winter Damage with Commercial Snow Plowing

Now that we’re faced with winter, when the big snow arrives, the best thing you can do to minimize the damage is to haul it away, the right way. Sure, you could buy a machine and attempt to DIY, but your business could risk a major liability as well as property damage. For businesses such as malls, shopping plazas, gas stations, corporate office buildings, hotels, medical buildings, grocery stores, warehouses and other commercial properties, it’s simply not worth the risk.

A professional snow plowing company understands how to preserve the pavement surface, is much less likely to damage the lot with the plow’s blade, and is experienced to complete the job safely. Controlling the snow, ice, slush and other winter weather nuisances requires constant attention, vigilance and advanced preparation. As a business owner, the last thing you want to deal with is a liability for slip-and-fall injuries among customers or employees. Clearing large amounts of snow from parking lots, driveways and sidewalks takes proper equipment and a skilled commercial snow removal operator.

East Coast Paving, Your Trusted Commercial Snow Removal Company

Hiring the right commercial snow removal company is essential. When a snowstorm hits, you need to have a dependable snow removal service who provides prompt, professional service. At East Coast Paving, we provide businesses with the essential snow and ice management throughout winter months to ensure the safety of employees, customers and property.

Whether it’s protecting your customers and employees from black ice buildup or ensuring your pavement is maintained even in the winter months, trust is East Coast Paving to deliver reliable, high-quality work on time and on budget.

Serving New Jersey, New York and Eastern Pennsylvania, the professionals at East Coast Paving have the vast experience, equipment and expertise to keep your property safe all year round. For more information about commercial snow plowing and ice removal services, please contact East Coast Paving at 732-329-3600 or info@eccompanies.com.

Related blogs we think you’ll enjoy:

 – 5 Parking Lot Winter Preparation Tips

 – Snow Removal for Commercial Properties: What Property Owners Need to Know

 – Thinking Ahead. Commercial Snow Removal

The Ultimate Guide to ADA Compliance: Using the ADA Standards (Chapter 1)

As part of our new series, “The Ultimate Guide to ADA Compliance,” the paving and site development experts at East Coast Paving will be reviewing the five chapters from the 2010 ADA Standards issued by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Transportation (DOT). This blog will cover chapter 1: Using the ADA Standards.

Throughout this educational series, we will be addressing many frequently asked questions about facility ADA standards to help property owners and business owners achieve ADA compliance and reduce liabilities.

What Facilities Are Subject to ADA Standards?

As issued under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the ADA standards apply nationwide for all new sitework construction or altered facilities. These include ADA requirements for commercial buildings (such as office buildings, warehouses and manufacturing plants), state and local government facilities (such as schools, hospitals and courthouses), places of public accommodation (such as restaurants, museums and lodging) and transportation facilities (such as bus stops and rail stations).

ADA accessibility exemptions that are not subject to the ADA standards include religious organizations and private clubs.

How are the ADA Standards Enforced?

Under a national civil rights law, ADA Standards for building design and construction are regulated by state and local jurisdictions. While local building departments can waive certain building code requirements, ADA standards cannot be waived. Often enforced through investigations of complaints filed with federal agencies, entities are ultimately responsible for ensuring accessibility standards in all new construction and alterations.

Can I Apply for the ADA Certification of State and Local Accessibility Requirements?

As a voluntary process, public accommodations and commercial facilities can be certified as meeting or exceeding the ADA Standards based on state and local code requirements. More information on ADA state code certification is available at www.ada.gov/certcode.htm.

What else is Covered in ADA Standards Chapter 1: Application and Administration?

Similar to most building requirements and codes, the Department of Justice and the Department of Transportation ADA Standards apply to certain built-in and fixed furnishings and equipment (such as ramps and platform lifts) and technical specifications for building elements (such as ramp handrails.

Construction and manufacturing tolerances, although unintended, are permitted to an extent which is why many dimensions throughout the ADA standards are expressed as a range rather than an absolute to allow room for minor deviations.

How Do I Achieve the ADA Standards?

Serving clients in New Jersey, New York and Eastern Pennsylvania, the experienced professionals at East Coast Paving and Site Development are prepared to help you achieve ADA standards including ADA line striping, curb ramps, signage, ADA sidewalks and walkways, and detectable warning surfaces. 

For additional questions about ADA compliance, contact the paving experts at East Coast Paving and Site Development at 732-329-3600 or email info@eccompanies.com.

Read more on this series: 

The Ultimate Guide to ADA Compliance: What Business Owners Need to Know

The Ultimate Guide to ADA Compliance: What Business Owners Need to Know

As an introduction to our new series: “The Ultimate Guide to ADA Compliance,” the paving and site development experts at East Coast Paving will be covering the five chapters from the 2010 ADA Standards issued by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Transportation (DOT).

Throughout this educational series, created specifically for business owners and property owners, we will address many of the frequently asked questions to help you achieve compliance and save money while reducing liabilities.

Why do I need to worry about ADA compliance?

Under the federal civil rights law, Americans with Disabilities Act, business owners and property owners must comply with regulations on disabled parking to accommodate all customers and employees. If you own or operate within a business that serves the public, it’s critical to review the specific standards for compliance before making any parking lot improvements at existing properties or starting new sitework.

How can I ensure my business has met the standards for ADA compliance?

Different from being building code compliant, ADA compliance refers to a set of federal standards to be met nationwide but still may be out of local compliance. To ensure compliance business owners are advised to work with a paving contractor with knowledge within this category.

What makes my business ADA compliant?

Standards for ADA compliance are outlined in the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design. Some key topics business owner need to be aware of include: new construction, alterations, floor and ground surfaces, turning space, accessible routes, ramps and railings, curb ramps, detectable warning surfaces and specifics for parking spaces.

We will cover each of these in our series: “The Ultimate Guide to ADA Compliance.”

What if my site doesn’t meet the ADA Standards?

A business owner who does not comply to the ADA Standards will be required to re-do or repair their parking lot, could face fines and even a lawsuit.

Where can I find more information about ADA compliance?

For more in-depth information, refer to the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design. This 279 page document provides a thorough overview on the scoping and technical requirements for new construction and alterations.

Help with ADA Compliance

Serving clients in New Jersey, New York and Eastern Pennsylvania, the experienced professionals at East Coast Paving and Site Development are prepared to help you achieve the standards for ADA compliance.

For additional questions about ADA compliance, contact the paving experts at East Coast Paving and Site Development at 732-329-3600 or email info@eccompanies.com.

Read more on this series:

The Ultimate Guide to ADA Compliance: Using the ADA Standards (Chapter 1)

5 Parking Lot Winter Preparation Tips

While winter may still seem a ways away, the jolly season will be here before we know it. Businesses must take the right steps now in regards to parking lot winter preparation to prevent pavement disasters and set themselves up for success come next spring.

“Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.” ~Alexander Graham Bell

Snow and ice are among the most threatening elements of winter for parking lots; between heavy loads of snow, extreme cold temperatures and road salt, your pavement is put to the test. Here are a five ways you can prevent the common pitfalls caused by harsh winter weather.

Parking Lot Winter Preparation: Prepare for Cold Weather with Asphalt Repair

1. Block the Water.

Yes, water is essential for your landscaping, but it’s your parking lot’s worst enemy. While it’s still warm outside, inspect your parking lot and look for any cracks or holes. This notorious spot is often the first place that snow melts into the sub base which leads to the freeze-thaw cycle. When water freezes, it expands. When it melts, it contracts. Over time, this leads to alligator cracking and potholes.

2. Fall is for Repairs.

A formula for success, asphalt repairs help to prevent the relentless freeze-thaw cycle. Seal cracks and repair potholes so water won’t seep underneath the surface and compromise the sub-base.

3. Maintenance is Key.

Get more out of the money and time you invest in your commercial parking lot with a couple key pre-winter maintenance reminders. Clear parking lots of all debris to ensure nothing interferes with the wintertime snow removal process and remember to check drainage systems to ensure drains and manholes are flowing properly.

4. Sealcoat Asphalt for Ultimate Protection.

Beyond repairing potholes and filling cracks, sealcoating your asphalt will protect the entire parking lot from harsh winter weather elements. Plus, sealcoating will improve that sacred first impression, help to make your parking lot much less susceptible to bigger problems come spring, and even make your pavement last longer.

5. Think Ahead.

Your business operates all year round, that means your parking lot needs to look its best all year round. The Old Farmer’s Almanac Winter Weather Forecast 2017–2018 predicts that this winter is going to have above-normal levels of precipitation throughout the country, which will translate to equally above-normal amounts of snowfall in parts of the Northeast. Plan ahead by putting together a snow removal plan before the first storm hits.

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” ~Benjamin Franklin

East Coast Paving Parking Lot Winter Preparation Services

At East Coast Paving, our experts have seen it all. Servicing New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania, we know the importance of parking lot winter preparation. Contact us today at 732-329-3600 to learn more about our techniques and commercial grade products that will give your asphalt an edge to guard against the winter elements.

“Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now.” ~Alan Lakein

Snow Removal for Commercial Properties: What Property Owners Need to Know

For commercial property owners or managers, snow and ice can make the winter months among the most hazardous of the year. Since snow and ice conditions are the leading causes of slip and fall injuries in the winter, it’s essential to familiarize yourself with the laws in your state to protect against liability risks. Responsibilities and potential liabilities can vary widely. But should a situation arise, it will be important to show that a plan with a licensed contractor who covers snow removal for commercial properties was set in place, and also that the plan was executed consistently.

Snow Removal for Commercial Properties By State

New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania are no stranger to snow and ice, so it pays to be prepared. In general, snow and ice removal laws require commercial property owners to act with reasonable care towards customers; but unfortunately, the details for snow removal and standards that define hazards vary widely. Most of the locality-specific requirements can be found on municipal informational websites such as www1.nyc.gov for New York City as well as a city and town list where specific bylaws and ordinances can be found.

Snow Removal for Commercial Properties in New Jersey

As a general rule in New Jersey, a victim can establish a case for liability in a slip and fall if the property owner had a legal duty to remove or warn about the risk of snow and ice but did nothing to remove the dangerous condition. Snow must be properly removed and done within 48 hours of the end of a storm. This includes clearing all parking lot spaces, ramps, sidewalks and other accessible areas for persons who have disabilities to be able to access the building.

Snow Removal for Commercial Properties in New York

According to the NYC Administrative Code, every owner, lessee, tenant, occupant or other person having charge of any lot or building must clean snow and ice from the sidewalks adjacent (i.e., in front of, on the side of, in back of) to their properties.

If the snow stops falling between:

– 7:00 a.m. and 4:49 p.m. – it must be cleared within four hours

– 5:00 p.m. and 8:59 p.m. – it must be cleared within fourteen hours (Example: If the snow stops falling at 7:00 p.m., the owner, lessee, tenant, occupant or other person in charge of any lot or building has until 9:00 a.m. the following morning to clear.)

– 9:00 p.m. and 6:59 a.m. – it must be cleared by 11:00 a.m. the next day

Snow Removal for Commercial Properties in Pennsylvania

According to the Pennsylvania law, property owners have up until 24 hours (or a reasonable amount of time) after the snow stops falling to start to make the dangerous condition safe or provide a warning.

Commercial property owners are required to take action when the accumulation reaches a point in which hills and ridges of snow and ice are formed. In Pennsylvania, this is known as the Hills and Ridges Doctrine. According to the doctrine, must be shown that:

– The snow and ice accumulated so much that it unreasonably obstructed travel

– The property owner knew or should have known about the conditions

– The snow and ice is what caused the plaintiff to slip and fall

Professional Snow Removal for Commercial Properties

As a business or store owner, you have a duty to keep your premises in a reasonably safe condition for the public by inspecting the premises and looking for any obvious and hidden defects in the parking lot. When it comes to snow removal for commercial properties, it’s time to get to know these regulations, stay ahead of the season with a snow removal plan and follow through with that plan all winter long.

With years of experience in the business of snow removal for commercial properties, the professionals at East Coast Paving take the responsibility of clearing your property in a timely fashion and adhere to the laws and regulations required by the states of New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania to save you a potential fine in the end.

If you have a commercial property and are ready to set your snow removal plan for the upcoming season, contact us today at 732-329-3600!

What Causes Asphalt Alligator Cracks (And What to Do About It)

One of the most notorious ways you’ll know when pavement is beginning to deteriorate is when you start to see fatigue cracking. Also known as asphalt alligator cracks or crocodile cracking, these distinctive cracking patterns resemble the scales on a the back of a reptile.

Unfortunately, asphalt alligator cracks on your commercial property will become more than just an eye-sore, especially if the cracks are ignored without repair. The experts at East Coast Paving have seen it all and have the inside scoop on what to do if you’re facing this pavement problem.

What Causes Asphalt Alligator Cracks?

Asphalt alligator cracks go much deeper than your typical surface-level damage. These kind of cracks are frequently caused by issues in layers beneath the asphalt. As with any surface, if your pavement is struggling to support loading above, it will crack.

Consistently heavy traffic loading is a common cause that not only leads to pavement cracks, but also cracks in the underlying base. And once these interconnected cracks appear, moisture infiltration, deterioration and potholes become imminent.

In addition to potential structural failure, this type of cracking can also be caused by an inadequate structural design and construction, lack of edge support, poor drainage or environmental factors such as thaw-frost action.

Repairing Asphalt Alligator Cracks

If you start noticing asphalt alligator cracks, the first step is to conduct an investigation to find out the root cause of the problem. It’s critical to understand the pavement’s structural makeup to determine whether or not subsurface moisture is also a contributing factor. Typically asphalt alligator cracks will be addressed in one of two ways:

  1. If the cracking is localized, it could indicate a loss of subgrade support. To repair this issue, the cracked pavement and subgrade will need to be removed, dug out and replaced with new support and pavement.
  2. If the asphalt alligator cracks covers the entire pavement surface area, it could indicate overall structural failure. In this case, the damaged pavement will either need to be replaced completely or possibly covered by an HMA overlay.

It’s important to note that while many types of asphalt parking lot cracks can be repaired by sealing, if pavement becomes alligatored, this type of damage could possibly be beyond the ability to seal. Digging down to evaluate the underlying cause, strengthening the subgrade base and replacing the entire surface is often the best (and most cost-effective) solution to repair asphalt alligator cracks.

Solutions for Commercial Property Asphalt Alligator Cracks

If your commercial property pavement surface looks like the back of an alligator and seems to be developing fatigue, contact the trained experts at East Coast Paving to evaluate the damage done. Serving New Jersey, New York and Eastern Pennsylvania, our experienced professionals will diagnose recommended solutions based on your specific needs and budget. Call us today at 732-329-3600 or email info@eccompanies.com to learn more.

Thinking Ahead. Commercial Snow Removal in NJ

The Farmers’ Almanac just released its winter 2018 forecast for New Jersey, and guess what? Like it or not, we’re going to be facing above normal precipitation for a cold and snowy winter. Chances are, unless you own a sledding business, this isn’t the best of news. But thankfully the experts at East Coast Paving know snow. And even though summer hasn’t officially ended yet, the process of evaluating companies for commercial snow removal in NJ should start long before the season even begins.

How Much Snow is Expected in New Jersey?

The 2018 edition dubbed this winter: “The cold, the dry, and the wet, and the wild.” But for the Northeast, the Farmers’ Almanac is expecting snowier-than-normal conditions. They are “red-flagging the 2018 dates of January 20-23, February 4-7 & 16-19, and March 1-3 & 20-23 along the Atlantic Seaboard for some heavy precipitation.”

Snow Removal in NJ

Evaluating Companies for Commercial Snow Removal in NJ

While some procrastinators may be staying cool at the Jersey shore, snow removal contractors have been focused on a different kind of cool. Snow.

Savvy commercial property managers know the importance of fast and professional snow removal for their properties. Since snow build-up is notorious for delays, property damage and car or pedestrian accidents that could lead to ugly lawsuits, it’s not surprising that those companies are already thinking ahead to winter needs.

So, when your ice cream finally melts and you realize it’s time to start thinking about snow removal, too, consider the following questions:

  1. What kind of service does the property require?
  2. Is the snow removal contractor prepared with the equipment necessary to handle my needs?
  3. Can the snow removal contractor protect my property with quality work and get it done on time and on budget?

Whether you’re located at a corporate campus, hospital, retail shop or hotel, keep your parking lots clear, business open and mind at ease by planning ahead.

Why Choose East Coast Paving for Commercial Snow Removal in NJ

We use superior commercial grade snow plows, pushers, loaders and ice slicers too keep your parking lots and walkways safe. Whether your business needs a one-time service or annual maintenance, we can assist you with all your snow and ice management needs.

When you work with East Coast Paving and Site Development, you’ll discover that our highly trained and seasoned staff takes great pride in providing clients with a great customer experience and are ready to handle any size of snow removal needs.

Whether it’s protecting your foot traffic around your business on a snowy New Jersey day, considering pavement reconstruction or requesting excavation services, we pride ourselves on delivering high-quality work on time and on budget.

Serving New Jersey, New York and Eastern Pennsylvania, the team at East Coast Paving has the vast experience, equipment and expertise to keep your property safe all year round. For more information about commercial snow removal in NJ and surrounding areas, please contact East Coast Paving at 732-329-3600 or info@eccompanies.com today.