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Ensuring Compliance for Ramps and Railings in the ADA Standards (Chapter 4, Part 2)

The Department of Transportation’s ADA Standards for ramps and railings mandate that any new ramp or railing be constructed in compliance with specific guidelines to ensure that people with physical disabilities can use them safely and easily.

If a person with a physical disability cannot access a building via lift or elevator, an accessible ramp must be constructed. However, ramps should be uniform, predictable, and easy to travel on. That way, those who are using equipment like wheelchairs or scooters can anticipate a safe and convenient traveling experience.

This also means that those who are constructing ramps must comply with specific guidelines in the ADA Standards. All ramps and railings must be constructed within the right dimensions to promote safety and prevent any injury to those using them for travel.

When ADA Standards for Ramps and Railings are Needed

According to the United States Access Board, ramps are mandatory along accessible routes that span changes in level that are greater than ½”. Accessible routes with slopes steeper than 5% must also be treated as ramps.

If the ramp has a rise greater than 6” then a handrail must also be installed on the ramp. The Standards do not require an additional lower rail for children except for ramps within play areas. The recommended height for these lower railings is a maximum of 28” and a separation of 9” from the main rail.

ADA Standards for Ramps and Railings Dimensions

To ensure that ramps remain level and safe for wheelchairs to travel over, the ADA Standards mandate that they be constructed within specific dimensions. This ensures predictability and safety for those that use them to travel in and out of buildings.

Dimensions for Ramps

ADA Standards require ramps to comply with these specific guidelines:

•Slope: To be uniform along a single ramp.

•Clear width: Ramp runs must have a minimum width of 36”. This is to be measured between handrails if installed.

•Rise: The height of a run is limited to 30” maximum, but a ramp can have an unlimited number of runs.

Dimensions for Railings

ADA Standards for Railings include:

•Rise: Any ramp with a rise over 6” must have railings.

•Width: Ramps with rails must have a clear width of 36” minimum.

•Height: Rails must be between 34-38” and at a consistent height along a single run.

ADA Standards for Landings Attached to Ramps and Railings

Landings help people with disabilities rest and change direction when using ramps. ADA standards for ramps and railings require level landings at the top and bottom of each run. The Standards also state that landings should be square or rectangular in shape and never curved.

ADA standards  for ramps and railings require that intermediate landings between runs, where ramps often change direction, be 60” wide clear and 60” long clear. No handrail or edge protection extensions can encroach on this clearing to ensure that there is enough spaces for larger assistive devices like wheelchairs to effectively change direction.

If there is a doorway adjacent to a landing, a door’s clearance is permitted to overlap the landing. However, for increased safety, it is best to ensure that the door swings away from the landing if possible.

Additionally, any landing that could be subject to wet conditions must be designed in a way that prevents water from accumulating on its surface. Examples include outdoor landings subject to weather conditions and indoor ones near pipes. Slopes no steeper than 1:48 may be installed for drainage.

Edge Protection

ADA standards for ramps and railings require edge protection be installed on runs under specific conditions. Edge protection installed on ramp runs helps keep wheelchairs and crutch tips on the surface. Examples include curbs, barriers, or extended surfaces.

Edge protection is not required for ramps higher than 6” that already have side flares, ramp landings connected to an adjacent ramp or stairway, or sides of ramp landings with vertical drop-offs not exceeding ½” within 10” of the minimum landing area. Whether using a curb, rail, or other barrier, they must be constructed so that they could prevent a 4” diameter round ball from passing through any spaces.

Aisle Ramps in Assembly Areas

Assembly areas refer to spaces like auditoriums, stadiums, and theatres. Here, the ADA standards for ramps and railings state that aisle ramps are required to be accessible, but may be exempt from certain handrail requirements. If the seating area is adjacent to an aisle ramp that is not part of a required accessible route, then it does not have to comply with handrail requirements.

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)

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

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

Why is Pothole Repair for Parking Lots Common After Winter?

It has been a long winter and the road to warmer weather is expected to be paved with more potholes than usual. Since winter’s harsh elements tend to create a perfect recipe for potholes, that is why they are notoriously common in the spring season. Now is the perfect time for property owners to focus on pothole repair for parking lots.

Why is Pothole Repair for Parking Lots Common After Winter?

Parking lot potholes form when water seeps into the cracks in asphalt and then continues the freeze and expand cycle, pushing the pavement upward. Between vehicles running over the crumbling surface, heavy plows and corrosive salt, combined with extreme cold, snow and ice, pavement will start to collapse and chip away, leading to dangerous potholes.

Even the smallest alligator cracks can lead to a pothole after a snowstorm. When it comes to parking lots and asphalt roads, unfortunately potholes are inevitable after a long, cold winter.

In fact, the pothole prognosis for spring 2018 is not pretty, AAA says: “A new AAA survey found that nearly 30 million U.S. drivers experienced pothole damage significant enough to require repair in 2016, with repair bills ranging from under $250 to more than $1000.”

Pothole Repair for Parking Lots: Why It’s Important

Repairing potholes for parking lots is important to prevent the asphalt from further weakening and becoming damaged due to the penetration of water into the pavement layers underlying which can cause further damage and even total asphalt replacement.

Bottom line: Spot a pothole? Repair it as soon as possible to save on bigger replacement costs and add years to the life of your pavement surface.

Prevent Winter Damage with Parking Lot Maintenance

Avoid damage to your parking lots next year by prioritizing maintenance before next winter comes back around. Once winter storms hit and heavy snow falls, it will be difficult to repair potholes. It’s better to evaluate the damage done to parking lots now, after winter season has ended.

Need Reliable Pothole Repair for Parking Lots? Trust in East Coast Paving

When you’re in need of reliable pothole repair for parking lots, it’s important to hire a professional paving company with a solid background, experience and a strong reputation.

Whether it’s protecting your customers and employees from dangerous potholes or ensuring your pavement is maintained before the next harsh winter hits, trust 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 pothole repair for parking lots, please contact East Coast Paving at 732-329-3600 or info@eccompanies.com.

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.

Do You Know the Best Time to Schedule Paving Services for Distribution Centers?

Weather is an important consideration when scheduling asphalt paving services for distribution centers and other commercial businesses. Since asphalt must be placed and compacted while it is hot, it tends to work best when it’s laid during the warmer weather. That reason alone makes spring and summer one of the best times to schedule paving and asphalt maintenance services.

But it’s not the only time.

The National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) suggests that minor asphalt repairs, such as small overlays, pothole repairs and patching are best done during the warmer weather. Although cold weather is not ideal for paving, it can still be done during the off season. Large overlays can be done during the cooler temperatures but the soil or rock in which the pavement will be placed should be firm and dry.

The chart below from NAPA illustrates the effect that temperature can have on lift thickness in time available for compaction.

Paving Services for Distribution Centers
Note: This table is based on 300°F delivery temperature and 175°F final temperature. The red areas indicate temperatures where lifts of asphalt are not recommended; yellow indicates caution.

Weather the Storm with Paving Services for Distribution Centers

“Hurricane season brings a humbling reminder that, despite our technologies, most of nature remains unpredictable.” Diane Ackerman

The next few months are expected to be an above average season for hurricanes on the East Coast. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released an updated (and final) prediction for the upcoming 2017 Atlantic hurricane season calling for a 60% chance of above average activity this season.

NOAA reported, “Forecasters now say there is a 60-percent chance of an above-normal season, with 14-19 named storms and 2-5 major hurricanes… As we move into the peak of hurricane season, when hurricanes are most frequent and at their strongest, NOAA urges coastal residents to make sure they have their hurricane preparedness plans in place and to monitor the latest forecasts.”

So, as we head into the heart of hurricane season here on the East Coast, one important way businesses can prepare for this increase in wild weather activity is through preventative maintenance, such as seal coating.

How Distribution Centers Should Prepare for Hurricane Season

“To be prepared is half the victory.” Miguel de Cervantes

Like it or not, hurricane season (and *gasp* winter) is on the way. This is exactly why seal coating the pavement surrounding a distribution center and other commercial locations is a worthwhile investment to consider right now.

Before hurricane season soaks your surroundings and winter’s chilling embrace damages pavement, businesses have the chance to minimize the impacts that environmental elements, such as freezing and thawing, can have on a parking lot by seal coating it. Acting as a protective shell, seal coating has non-porous properties that deflect the effects of harsh elements on pavement and asphalt.

Plus, a renewed black finish has the chance to increase property value and extend the lifespan of your investment.

Site Work and Paving Services for Distribution Centers and Commercial Locations

At East Coast Paving, we not only offer paving services for distribution centers and other commercial locations, but also a complete package of site work including: site clearing, mass excavation, soil stabilization, utility installation (water, storm & sewer), building pad preparation, concrete curbs and walks, concrete dolly pads, loading docks and equipment pads, electrical trenching, retaining walls, retention / detention basins, site lighting, and landscaping.

Serving New Jersey, New York and Eastern Pennsylvania, the team at East Coast Paving has the vast experience, equipment and expertise to deliver high-quality work on time and on budget. For more information, please contact East Coast Paving at 732-329-3600 or info@eccompanies.com today.