How Long Does Asphalt Paving Take?

In order to operate your business – whether you’re making products, shipping them out, or selling them – you need to provide your customers and vendors a way to get into your building safely and easily. That’s why smooth, crack-free asphalt is so vital to your business. Parking lots filled with cracks and potholes give off a bad impression to your customers, not to mention the potential of causing harm to their cars. But many business owners are worried about the downtime that comes along with a commercial paving job. How long does it take asphalt paving companies to get the job done? Here are some general guidelines from the North Carolina and South Carolina commercial paving experts at SMI Paving.

  • How long does it take? – Of course, the size of the area to be paved will influence the time it takes to do the job. So does the weather. In general, you should allow one to two days for an average-sized parking lot to be completed.
  • How thick will it be? – Depending on your specific needs, your asphalt will be about two or three inches thick. For those businesses that generate a lot of truck and heavy vehicle traffic, we suggest going with a thicker option.
  • Should you apply seal coating? – Yes! If you want your asphalt to be strong and lasting, seal coating offers an extra measure of protection. Water, time, and general wear and tear are reduced by adding a top layer of seal coat.

Is the asphalt at your facility in serious need of paving? Give SMI Paving a call today and let us help you with commercial paving in Fort Mill, Rock Hill, Charlotte, and surrounding areas of North and South Carolina. Free estimates are available.

Should You Choose a Concrete Or Asphalt Driveway?

When redoing your driveway, you may be faced with a dilemma: Should you choose concrete paving or asphalt paving? In today’s post, the experts at SMI Paving want to talk to you about the differences between these methods so you’ll know which type of driveway that best suits your need:

  • Cost – A concrete driveway can cost more due to the material and labor-intensive work that’s required for the job. Asphalt driveways are generally less expensive due to the fact that the materials cost less and the installation is easier.
  • Installation – Concrete driveways can take from several days to up to a week to install – and that’s not including the time needed for it to completely dry. An asphalt driveway may take as little as one day to install, and can be ready to walk or drive on in mere hours.
  • Climate – Concrete crumples under the extreme temperatures of summer and winter, cracking and morphing under pressure. Asphalt is stronger and more resistant to wear and tear over time. Using the right sealants will help the surface last and stay strong during these times.
  • Maintenance – A drop of gasoline or oil can forever stain your concrete driveway since it’s almost impossible to remove. On the plus side, concrete only needs degreasing every so often, and getting a seal coat job is optional. As easy as it is to install, asphalt is extremely easy to maintain and repair when compared to concrete. Although it is more stain resistant, it will need constant resealing every three to five years.

Need a new driveway? Or do you need concrete paving in SC for sidewalks, walkways, or other needs? Call SMI Paving at (803) 548-7772 today and let us get you the perfect surface for your needs. Get a free estimate today!