Property improvements are essential to keeping your property's value and integrity on a long-term basis. So, when you're in need of a new pavement surface to provide stability for your vehicles, equipment, and other activities, make sure you research and select the right type of pavement at the right company to install it. Here are some tips to consider when you are planning to install a paved driveway or parking area on your property.

Consider Your Paving Options

At the start of your paving search, you have several options that you can choose from: each one with its own benefits and costs. It is important that you check into paving services in your area to find out which one is going to give you the best pavement surface to fit your budget. 

You can choose from two common paving materials of asphalt and concrete. Concrete, for example, is a more durable and longer-lasting pavement material, but it will cost you a bit more than asphalt. Asphalt, on the other hand, has a lower upfront cost, but can require more maintenance and upkeep over its lifetime, which can require you to put in a continued investment to its protection.

Make sure you talk to your asphalt or concrete contractor about any climate issues that may require you to upgrade your pavement options. For example, the soil on your property and excessive wet weather may require you to prepare a solid drainage foundation for your concrete. If you leave existing clay soil on the site, it can cause the soil to not drain moisture properly and lead to the soil freezing and expanding to crack your pavement. Your concrete contractor can evaluate the soil and determine if it needs removal and replacement with sand or gravel to protect your concrete surface.

Look at Long-Term Protection

Another consideration when you select the type of pavement is the long-term maintenance and damage prevention. For example, when your new concrete parking pad is installed, your concrete contractor will need to cut control joints into the surface of the pavement. 

Control joints will allow the concrete to flex and adjust without causing uncontrolled cracks over the surface of your new concrete. So, depending on the thickness of the pad, your contractor will calculate how far apart the control joints will need to be cut and place them to manage the concrete's natural occurrence of shrinkage and freezing.

You should also make sure your concrete contractor advises you on how long to let your concrete cure before you can safely drive upon its surface. Your concrete will cure over the first couple days to allow you to walk upon the surface, but you should keep vehicle traffic off its surface for up to four weeks. For more information, consult with commercial concrete services in your area.