What Industrial Asphalt Paving Means
No architect would design a small cabin and a large warehouse in the same manner. Functionality and aesthetics aside, the architect must design both to be structurally sound without including more support than is needed. For example, the roof supports for the warehouse must bear a much heavier load than those for a cabin. If the supports are insufficient for the warehouse, the roof could collapse. Including such supports for the cabin, however, would result in unnecessary costs.
Asphalt professionals must think along similar lines when planning to install pavement in an industrial setting. If the foundation is too weak or the asphalt layers are too thin, the support will be inadequate for the loads placed on the pavement. Designing every project as if the pavement must bear extremely heavy loads would result in excessive costs for the customers, however. Here are some of the issues that asphalt contractors must consider when planning a pavement installation.
What Industrial Asphalt Paving Means – Examples
Will Trucks or Buses Drive on the Pavement?
A tractor-trailer can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds. One such truck causes the equivalent wear of more than 9,500 passenger vehicles. Passenger buses can also stress asphalt pavement. The pavement around loading docks and terminals as well as drives or lanes used by these vehicles need to be given special consideration.
Will Trucks or Buses Park on the Pavement?
Heavy vehicles driving across your pavement can damage it, but they can also inflict damages while they are stationary. If support is lacking, the weight can cause pavement deformations, especially during the heat of summer. These vehicles also pose a secondary threat when parked; they often leak fuel, oil or other corrosive fluids that can deteriorate asphalt pavement. Such leaks are inevitable, but you can help guard against damage by applying sealcoating as soon as the pavement has had time to cure and then reapplying it as needed.
Where are the Dumpsters Located?
The trucks that empty dumpsters may appear to weigh much less than a delivery truck, but a fully loaded dumpster truck can weigh over 60,000 pounds. This is a substantial amount of stress on the pavement, but they place additional stress while they are being maneuvered into position. Placing dumpsters near the edge of the pavement can help protect the rest of your pavement from damage. However, the access lane and the area surrounding the dumpster that will be used for maneuvering will need special attention.
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Dirtworks, Inc., is a full-service asphalt paving and excavation contractor serving customers in the Cape Cod area for more than 20 years. We have the expertise to guide you through every stage in your pavement’s life from its initial design to its routine maintenance. We offer site work, asphalt paving and repair, demolition and much more. Whether you need a new road constructed or a parking lot sealcoated, we will deliver exceptional results at competitive rates. You can call us at (508) 240-5541 or submit our online contact form to request a free quote.
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