Is Your Parking Lot Hurting Your Business?

When people visit your business, what’s the first thing they see? It may be signage or the landscaping. But more often than not, one of the primary things your customers will notice is your parking lot. For many companies, this first impression may not be as good as it possibly can be. As a commercial paving company serving North and South Carolina, we’ve seen lots of parking lots over the years—the good, the bad, and the ugly. Based on our experience, we’d like you to consider the following ways your parking lot could be hurting your business.

  1. Potholes & cracks: Damage to a parking lot is inevitable, especially if large trucks are frequently driving around your property. But leaving potholes and cracks untreated is unsightly—and dangerous. Not only can these blemishes cause damage to tires, they also make it difficult for people to walk through your parking lot. A commercial paving company can offer you repair options such as crack filling and pavement repairs.
  2. Faded appearance: Over time, traffic and exposure to the elements will leave your asphalt parking lot looking faded and worn. Eventually, your lot may need to be repaved. But you can also extend the life of your pavement through sealcoating. This process applies a fresh layer of tar to an asphalt surface. Parking lots look brand new at a fraction of the cost.
  3. Ease of parking: How simple is it for customers, delivery trucks, or other visitors to make their way around your parking lot? If parking space lines, directional arrows, or crosswalks are faded, drivers and pedestrians could have a difficult time finding their way around. Refresh your parking lot striping and create a safer space that’s easy for everyone to understand.

Don’t let your parking lot’s appearance hurt your business! Call SMI Paving and let our commercial paving experts recommend ways to improve the look and function of your parking areas.

Protect Your Asphalt Paving This Winter

Your asphalt paving takes a beating all year long. From the hot summer sun to below freezing temperatures, there’s not much you can do to protect it from the elements. And it’s even harder with larger commercial parking lots and other paved areas. Fortunately, there are some steps you can take to keep the damage to a minimum. Here are some tips to protect your asphalt paving this winter.

  1. Consider seal coating. Seal coating provides a barrier to protect any size area of asphalt paving. It also restores the look of your parking lots at a fraction of the cost of repaving.
  2. Be smart when you deice. Ice is a major threat here in the Carolinas. If you run a business, you probably use deicers to keep your parking lots and sidewalks safe for your customers and employees. However, using rock salt can cause pavement to chip and crack. Try calcium chloride or another deicing product instead. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for application to avoid damage.
  3. Shovel that snow. If there’s any accumulation of snow, remove it from your asphalt paving as quickly as possible. It doesn’t matter how you get rid of it. Call for a snowplow, use a shovel, or blow it off. Removing the snow means there’s less moisture to refreeze. This will reduce the likelihood of cracking.

These are just a few of the ways you can protect your parking lots and other paved areas during the harsh winter months. For help with seal coating or other repairs, call the professional asphalt pavers at SMI Paving.

Restore Your Asphalt Paving With Seal Coating

Last time, we told you how to keep your driveways, walkways, and other paved areas safe for your holiday guests. Of course, your visitors’ safety should come first. But we also know that you want your property to look good for your family and friends. There’s another service you can use to restore your asphalt paving and protect it from wear and tear as well as the elements. As you’ll see, asphalt seal coating can make a huge difference in the appearance and function of the paved areas around your home. This service is also particularly helpful for businesses and commercial properties.

Seal coating serves as a barrier between asphalt paving and anything that comes in contact with it. When oil, gasoline, and other chemicals land on asphalt, the can start to degrade it. This leads to cracks, chips, and unsightly stains. A paving contractor will apply a uniform layer of the coating over the entire area of asphalt. You’ll be left with a smooth, even-looking surface that looks freshly paved.

In addition to the protective benefits of seal coating, this process is also very efficient. A professional paving contractor should be able to accomplish the job in just a few hours. It’s much less mess and inconvenience than a repaving job. It’s more cost-effective, too.

Give the asphalt paving around your home or business a makeover for the holidays. Call SMI Paving for seal coating services in North and South Carolina.

Spruce Up Your Driveway for the Holidays

Can you believe that Halloween is almost here? It seems like the month of October has flown by. After that, you know Thanksgiving, Christmas, and other holidays won’t be far behind. Lots of people put up decorations for the various occasions that are coming up, including around their front doors and walkways. That draws attention to the driveway. Beyond the way this area looks, you need to consider any potential safety issues that could cause a problem for trick-or-treaters or your holiday guests. Follow these tips from a paving contractor to get your driveway and walkways ready for the holidays.

First, decorate carefully. Think about the typical path of travel in and around your home. Make sure that any decorations you put up don’t obstruct areas where people typically walk or drive. Also, make sure that any outside or security lighting is still visible.

Next, look for dangerous spots. Does your driveway, walkway, or sidewalk have holes or large cracks in it? These are easy places for a visitor to your home—or even you yourself—to trip or turn an ankle.

Finally, consider making repairs to places that need it. An experienced paving contractor like the ones on our team at SMI Paving will be able to determine exactly what needs to be done to restore your driveway or sidewalk to a smooth, safe surface. We’re experts at driveway paving and sealing, as well as all other types of driveway repairs for residential and commercial customers in North and South Carolina. Call us today to request a free paving estimate.

Is Your Asphalt Paving Ready for a Hurricane?

Last month, residents of the Carolinas were dealing with the aftereffects of a hurricane. Today, our thoughts are with everyone in the path of another storm, Hurricane Matthew. We want you to know that our flood damage and washout repair services are available for driveways, parking lots, and other concrete and asphalt paving. We’d also like to share some tips on preparing for the flooding that may occur in South Carolina and North Carolina because of this powerful hurricane.

First, check any catch basins or storm drains that are in your parking lot or driveway. Make sure the grate is clean and free of any debris like leaves or litter. Blocked storm drains are one of the leading causes of flooding, especially in urban areas. Take just a few minutes to perform this check and you’ll greatly improve your chances of avoiding damaging flooding.

You should also examine the areas around your storm drains or catch basins. Is the pavement in good condition? If you notice that the concrete or asphalt paving is broken down, degraded, or caving in, it’s likely that the storm drain won’t perform as it should. It could wash out or fail to collect the runoff.

If you notice damaged asphalt or concrete pavement around your storm drains, call SMI Paving for a free estimate. Our paving contractors will take a look at your property. Then they’ll determine what types of repairs may be required. This may include repaving and readjustment of the drain. Regardless of the need, we’re here to serve our neighbors with quality work and quality service.

Reliable Residential & Commercial Paving

At SMI Paving, we’re committed to delivering the best possible service to our customers in North and South Carolina. It starts with the time and attention we devote to every job. It continues with the quality materials we use for all of our paving services. And it’s held together by the trucks we use to deliver the materials you need to your home or business.

One of the most important parts of any residential or commercial paving company is its ability to get the concrete and asphalt to the job site in a timely manner. That’s why it’s critical to have an established trucking division that’s reliable and effective.

When you hire us, you’ll know you’re dealing with a trustworthy company that will treat you and your property with respect. Our vehicles are modern, well-maintained, and reliable. We’ll arrive on time, work hard while we’re there, and deliver results that will look and function well for many years to come.

Did you know that there are almost 22 million veterans in the United States? That’s according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. That statistic means there are lots of former members of the military who are looking for jobs. SMI Paving is proud to support these heroes. In fact, our entire trucking division for residential and commercial paving is operated and run by military veterans.

Flood Damage & Washout Repairs for Driveways & Parking Lots

Hurricane Hermine is making her way up the South Carolina coast today. That means a lot of rain for just about every part of the state. Our neighbors in North Carolina will be affected as well. While our first concern is for the safety of everyone in the storm’s path, we also want you to know that SMI Paving is here to help you recover if you should suffer any flood damage to your pavement.

When severe storms produce heavy and/or large amounts of rain, the base of your asphalt pavement can be compromised. As it weakens, the pavement becomes more prone to ruts and cracks on the surface. If flooding occurs, asphalt in driveways and parking lots can suffer a complete failure. This is called a washout.

So what should you do if you suffer flood damage to your pavement? Obviously, washout conditions will need to be repaired as quickly as possible so that vehicles may safely drive on the pavement. But you may think that repairs to less severe damage can be put off for a while or ignored altogether. This isn’t the best approach. Repairing flood damage sooner rather than later will prevent further damage to your pavement. The cost of making the repairs upfront is drastically better than fixing more extensive damage later on.

If your pavement has suffered flood damage or washouts as a result of Hurricane Hermine, call SMI Paving. We offer a variety of asphalt and concrete paving services for commercial and residential customers throughout the Carolinas. We have over 45 years of experience and can make the best recommendations for how to repair your flood damaged pavement. Contact us today to request your free estimate.

Driveway Paving or Sealing: Which is Right for You?

Your driveway is exposed to more wear and tear than just about any other part of your property. From withstanding the weight of vehicles to suffering through the most extreme weather and temperatures, it’s got to stand up to some pretty tough conditions. Over time, it’s completely normal for a driveway to show some signs of aging. But if your driveway needs work, how do you know what will fix it? Here are some tips for whether you should choose driveway paving or seal coating to improve the look and performance of your asphalt.

Driveway Paving

If your driveway has lots of cracks, ruts, or is crumbling, driveway paving is probably your best option. Repaving allows you to start from scratch. The old asphalt will be removed and a fresh coat will be put down.

Although crack filling is an alternative, some cracks are deep enough to insert a knife, screwdriver, or other object. If this is the case, simply filling the crack isn’t enough. Fresh asphalt will look nicer, hold up better under the weight of vehicles, and allow for better drainage.

Driveway Seal Coating

Did you know that asphalt is a petroleum-based product? That means it will react when it comes in contact with other petroleum-based products. It’s a situation that’s hard to avoid when vehicles are parked or moving over your driveway on a daily basis. Even the smallest amounts of gasoline and oil can cause your asphalt to degrade.

Seal coating helps maintain your asphalt for longer if your driveway is already in relatively good condition. By covering the surface of your driveway, you’ll protect it from chemicals and friction. Your driveway will be smooth and stable for years to come.

SMI Paving Can Do Both!

The good news is that no matter which option you choose, you have an experienced paving contractor to call—SMI Paving. We’ll help you evaluate your driveway and decide which service is best. If your driveway simply needs to be maintained through seal coating or needs total asphalt paving, we can help. Contact us today to request a free estimate.

Don’t Be a Victim of Driveway Paving Scams

It happens every year, from the first sign of spring to the first chill of fall. Scam artists posing as driveway pavers come out, trying to take advantage of unsuspecting homeowners and business owners. These companies do paving work that looks okay at first but deteriorates over time. You’ll wind up having to repave, leaving nothing to show for the money you spent. Although no one intends to become a victim of home improvement fraud, some of the high-pressure sales tactics these criminals use can be convincing. Here are some tips to help you avoid getting scammed by people pretending to be legitimate driveway paving contractors.

First, a reputable driveway paving company may solicit your business—but they won’t come door-to-door. You may get flyers in the mail or even a telephone call from a legitimate company that’s looking to grow their business. But someone showing up unannounced with a “great deal” to offer should raise a red flag. Start your search for a paving contractor by looking for companies with a physical location.

Next, check out any paving contractor before you do business with them. Ask your friends and neighbors who they’d recommend and read online reviews and testimonials. You can also look up the company with the Better Business Bureau. Make sure you get opinions from people who had their driveways paved over a year ago. This will help you judge how the work will stand up over time.

Finally, don’t hesitate to call the police if a driveway paver makes you feel uncomfortable. They will sometimes come to your home but refuse to leave until you’ve signed an agreement. This is unethical behavior and you are well within your rights to report anyone who’s trespassing on your property.

SMI Paving hopes you never have to deal with the hassles of driveway paving scams. We pride ourselves on the reputation we’ve built over the past 46 years. We’ve served residential and commercial customers throughout North Carolina and South Carolina since 1970 and we use only the highest standards and best materials for every paving job. Whether you’re looking for asphalt driveway paving or concrete driveway paving, we’re the company to call.

How to Choose a Commercial Paving Contractor

Hiring any type of contractor requires a certain amount of research. After all, you want to make sure you’re choosing a quality company to work with that will give you excellent results at a fair price. This is especially true when you’re looking for a commercial paving contractor. Here are some tips to help you choose the best commercial paving contractor for your job.

  • Be on the lookout for scams. Unfortunately, the paving industry seems to have more than its fair share of disreputable companies. Start your search by eliminating contractors who are just out to get your money. Remember that if an offer sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Look for referrals from other businesses, as well as trustworthy sources like the Better Business Bureau.
  • Interview potential contractors. Asking the right questions can help narrow down your choices. For example, you can ask about a contractor’s experience with your particular type of job. A paving company may look good on paper, but if you find out the majority of their experience is in paving residential driveways, they may not be the right choice for your commercial job.
  • Get estimates and timelines in writing. Commercial paving jobs are often tied to strict deadlines. Missing one may lead to other, more costly delays. That’s not a risk you want to take. Hire a contractor who can provide this information upfront.

SMI Paving is an experienced commercial paving contractor serving North and South Carolina. We can handle even the largest commercial and industrial concrete and asphalt paving jobs. When you hire us, we’ll have one of our owners on site at your location at all times. Check out our gallery for examples of our work or contact our Fort Mill, SC headquarters to talk about how we can help your project be a success.