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Mother Nature May Be Damaging Your Parking Lots

February 28, 2018

Oklahoma's crazy winter weather visited again last week and your parking lot was covered in ice that melted within a day or two.

Thawing ice can wreak havoc on asphalt, making highly trafficked areas unusable due to potholes and cracks and heavily damaging your property.  

Freezing and subsequent thawing will cause hairline cracks to expand and areas that previously had only minor alligator cracking might now appear much more extensive.  Areas before a freeze that were only a slight depression or minor damage might easily be full-fledged potholes once all the ice melts.  

Not sealing cracks that form may allow harmful substances to infiltrate the pavement.  Water, deicing chemicals, chlorides, fuels, dirt, debris and sunlight can all accelerate the failure of the pavement surface.

Expert advice, installation, and care is key in maintaining the integrity of asphalt year-round, but especially during the winter.   When parking lot paving is done correctly, the risk for asphalt cracks and potholes goes way down. We also recommend paying for pothole repair, asphalt patching and crack filling before small damage to your parking lot has a chance to grow.

The ideal time to treat cracks is as soon as they appear in order to prevent as much damage as possible from occurring. Early Spring is a perfect time to assess damage and address it. Not repairing problems in pavement, especially cracking, can lead to premature deterioration, like potholes, which shortens pavement life.

Metro Building Services offers quality asphalt and concrete maintenance services. We have the expertise to help meet all of your needs.

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Asphalt Sensitivity: It’s the bitumen

September 06, 2017

Your asphalt parking lot may seem tough, but really it’s just a show. While the surface can last nearly 20 years, without proper protection, it is sensitive to all types of damage. The way it is created and how it is maintained is what makes it so susceptible to problems.

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In Oklahoma, asphalt can take the heat (and the cold)

August 30, 2017
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Asphalt Rejuvenation adds years back to your pavement

August 23, 2017

If you own a parking lot, then you know maintenance is important, and replacement is expensive. There are plenty of options to maintain a parking lot, such as removing oil stains with a power washer or filling in potholes, but what are the options if you are spending too much time patching the pavement?

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The leaders that paved the way for your parking lot

August 15, 2017

There is more to pavement than meets the eye. Asphalt has a long history in the United States. Today, asphalt covers more than 94 percent of all roads, which is more than 2.6 million miles.

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Choose the right path: Asphalt Rejuvenation or Seal Coating?

August 10, 2017

Fresh black asphalt can improve curb appeal and ensure a great first impression. However, within two to four years after installing new pavement, you may notice it begins looking lackluster. The faded surface may be riddled with cracks and holes. If you have several years before needing to replace the asphalt, but you want it to look new, then your options are asphalt rejuvenation or seal coating.

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Car Accident in the Parking Lot? Here Are the Steps You'll Need to Take.

June 28, 2017

While backing out of a parking spot or taking a sharp turn, you hear that dreaded crunch of two cars colliding as you lurch to a stop. You close your eyes and take a deep breath. Now what? Car wrecks are stressful, so we want to provide you the steps you need to take immediately following the car accident.

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Parking Lot Liability and How to Reduce Your Risk

June 05, 2017

If you are a business owner, your liability for customers’ and employees’ safety begins in the parking lot. The signs “owner not responsible for what happens in parking lot” does not change that fact.

The National Safety Council found that most drivers are distracted in parking lots. The 2016 study by the organization reported that 66 percent of drivers are making phone calls and texting while driving.

More than 500 deaths and 60,000 injuries occur in parking lot accidents. And despite the high number of wrecks and injuries, both drivers and pedestrians feel safe in parking lots. They let their guard down when they should be more vigilant.

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5 Major Risks of Bad Parking Lot Drainage

May 19, 2017

Spring is here and you know what that means — mass amounts of rain and storm drains unable to keep pace. One of the biggest parking lot issues we notice during the season is drainage issues. This problem can be drawn from faulty parking lot design which also has the ability to spur potholes, vehicle accidents and even lawsuits. 

And though you may regularly maintain your parking lot, weather can be unpredictable at times. So if you notice any signs of these five risks below, give us a call at (405) 329-0078 to prevent further implications to your business storefront.

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Business Owner Question of the Day: How Do I Budget for a Paving Project?

April 28, 2017

Have you noticed potholes appearing in your pavement? What about cracking?

Your parking lot is the first thing your customers encounter before visiting your business. Because of this, it’s important to regularly maintain your storefront. 

A question we’re asked often at Metro Building Services is “How do I budget for a paving project?”

After all, it’s an investment — not something you maintain on a weekly basis. It can also be an expensive one if you don’t have a plan already in place.

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