Concrete Parking Lot
Parking lots are very important for buildings, and help the property to function smoothly and efficiently. With such an important asset, you’ll want to ensure you’re choosing a reliable material so that the space is safe, visually attractive, and long lasting. This parking is a significant responsibility for property owners – particularly in the commercial and municipal spaces – and so you’ll need to make certain that the construction quality is of the highest standard. We’ve assisted many clients by installing concrete parking lots, and the value and utility they provide is second to none.
Parking lots undergo so much vehicle and foot traffic that they obviously need to be incredibly durable. Vehicles are extremely heavy, whether they’re cars or trucks, and foot traffic – although lighter – is a persistent kind of attrition, so the material choice needs the kind of doughty resistance to stand up to such pressures. Concrete is the best in class when it comes to toughness, and can withstand all the heavy traffic and vehicle weight you throw at it. It’s noteworthy that concrete is far stronger than asphalt – another popular choice for parking lot materials – and if properly installed, won’t sink or crack.
Lowering the Life Cycle Cost
We understand that commercial enterprises are so often concerned with the bottom line, and that’s why businesses opt for asphalt sometimes – but this is folly. While the initial cost of an asphalt installation might be lower, concrete is much longer lasting – with a lifespan expected to be at least 50% longer. It also requires much less maintenance and treatment, so you won’t need to spend additional dollars on keeping it in shape. Consider the cost of repairs and reinstallation that might come with choosing asphalt, and the obvious best value option is actually concrete.
You will need to consider lighting your parking lot at night or early in the morning, and the costs involved with doing so. By choosing concrete, you get three times the reflectivity of asphalt. That is no small factor! This reduces the amount of lighting you’ll need in your parking lot – which lowers costs significantly – but also makes for a much safer environment for your customers, employees, and other visitors. Of course, at Midland Concrete Management we’re mainly concerned with you and your customer’s protection – and we believe the best way of bolstering the safety of a parking lot is through the use of concrete.
Another benefit that concrete has over its main parking lot material competitor – asphalt – is the diverse decorative possibilities available through stamped concrete. We can easily provide different colors, patterns, material imitations, and more, through our expertise and specialized equipment. This can help the parking lot fit in with the aesthetic of your property, which can be important for a business. Even if you choose to go with the plainer look, concrete looks smarter and cleaner than asphalt. This, amongst the numerous other reasons listed, makes concrete the obvious parking lot material choice for you.