When you own your own business, there are certain elements of the business that must be regularly maintained in order for your busy to be as successful as possible. One aspect of your business that you will need to maintain is the parking lot. Customers want to be able to find a parking spot with ease and then get in and out of the business safely. A great way to make your business parking lot as safe as possible is to add a speed bump near the entrance. The following guide walks you through the process that takes place when a paving contractor creates a speed bump.
Measure the Parking Lot
The first thing the paving company will do is measure where you want the speed bump to be and how wide you want it to be. There are some speed bumps that are designed to be high and thin, while others are designed to be low and wide. It is important to realize that having a high speed bump could limit the customers that you get into your business because lowered vehicles cannot pass over high speed bumps without causing damage to the bottom of the car.
Mark the Asphalt
Next, the contractors will cut notches into the asphalt indicating where you want the speed bump to start and stop. The notches keep the asphalt from spreading all over the parking lot when the hot pavement is poured into place.
Apply Surface Asphalt
Surface asphalt is thick asphalt that can be manipulated with ease. It is applied in a thick layer onto the area of the parking lot where you want the speed bump to be located. The contractors will spread it out and then round it so that it creates a hump. The asphalt will be very hot so they have to let it cool before continuing with the process.
Apply Liquid Asphalt
Liquid asphalt is applied over the surface asphalt to seal it and make sure that all holes and cracks are filled. Liquid asphalt is more runny and harder to control so that is where the notching comes into place. The notches in the pavement will fill with any excess liquid asphalt that comes over the sides of the hump so that you have a smooth look when the asphalt cools.
When the speed bump is complete, you can choose to paint it or put reflectors on it. You want to be sure to mark it in some way so that your customers know to slow down before going over it. At night, it may blend in with the rest of the parking lot and not be easily distinguishable when someone is approaching it.