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March 28, 2019
This paid piece is sponsored by Journey Group.
Your parking lot is your business’ first impression. Has the brutal winter left your lot and sidewalks looking less than welcoming for your customers and employees?
One call to Journey Group is all you’ll need to make, thanks to new services added at the company’s Black-Top Paving division. It now offers concrete, crack sealing and seal coating to simplify your repair and maintenance needs.
“Our message to businesses is that we now offer services beyond asphalt paving,” said Ryan Kerkvliet, Black-Top Paving division manager.
“This year, we’ve added a concrete crew because we do a lot of property maintenance and upgrades, and often there’s concrete work involved. In the past few years, it has been challenging to get concrete contractors scheduled. Even if we only needed them for small jobs, it was enough to delay the project both for us and for the customer. So we decided to begin offering the service ourselves.”
Black-Top Paving was the first paving contractor in Sioux Falls and has served the area since the 1950s. The teams handle everything from large highway projects for the South Dakota Department of Transportation to small patching jobs for businesses.
Take a look at all the services now offered:
Parking lot maintenance and repair
Private streets and roads
“We have the expertise to take a more proactive approach, which is what we’ve started to do with our customers,” Kerkvliet said. “We’re helping evaluate commercial properties for owners and property managers and implement maintenance programs designed to extend the life of your pavement.”
Does this sound like a service your business could use? Here’s what you should know.
How has the harsh winter affected pavement around businesses?
This weather has caused a lot of havoc. Lots of moisture from last summer combined with new moisture and up-and-down temperatures have caused the asphalt and concrete to heave and move with the ground, resulting in a lot of cracking and ground movement.
How fast do businesses need to reach out if they’re in need of repairs?
With the snow finally melting, you’re going to notice cracks and potholes you haven’t even seen yet. The longer the water sits in the potholes and cracks, the worse it’s going to be. We’re already starting to hear from businesses. The most important thing is to make sure you get the cracks and potholes fixed this year before next winter. If you don’t fix them, they will only get worse with time.
How are you able to take a project from start to finish now that you’ve added concrete as a service?
This is a huge benefit. We can take a parking lot from start to finish, whether it’s new construction or a repair job. For a new construction project, it’s a more fluid process, starting with getting an engineer involved to help with design, taking it through the city permitting process, prepping the site and moving on to paving.
On the maintenance side, we can handle the concrete work, and we’ve also started to offer crack sealing. If there are cracks, we fill them with a hot rubber to avoid moisture getting into the subgrade under the asphalt. We have a contractor we work with to provide a seal coat on top if needed. It makes the surface look new again. Finally, we can restripe, which seals the small pores in the surface and makes the asphalt look new again.
What would a typical ongoing maintenance program look like for a business?
It depends on when the asphalt was installed, but we typically see cracks develop two to three years after installation. Often the joint between the curb and gutter and the asphalt starts to open up, and it cracks due to ground movement. We can seal these cracks and install a seal coat to help rejuvenate the surface and stay intact longer. It’s minimal work that can save a lot of future damage.
Typically, you look at an asphalt overlay around the 10-year mark, but if you do this type of ongoing maintenance, you can push that overlay out to 13 to 15 years or even beyond, saving your business money in the long run.
If businesses would like to talk about their pavement needs, how can they reach you?
With all of the damage we are seeing, I’d suggest calling as soon as possible. We’d be glad to come assess the property and talk about your repair and maintenance options. You can call us at 605-336-9512 or click here to request a quote online. Our goal is to eliminate the hassle of the business or property owner having to coordinate multiple repairs and service. Our team would be happy to take care of all your needs at once — saving you time, stress and money.
Your parking lot is your business’ first impression. Has the brutal winter left your lot and sidewalks looking less than welcoming for your customers and employees? This is the only call you’ll need to make to get it fixed and prevent future problems.