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The first thing that comes to mind when expanding your business is, should I extend my business by constructing a new location. Which is understandable. But, often parking gets overlooked. Often due to cost or limitations in space. If this is your first time considering this, I’ve provided a small guide for parking lot design below. Because, it is not every day that you have to build or design a parking lot.

Though you may be in need of more parking spaces, you have to make sure that you are even able to do so. Some establishments have limited parking and are in crowded street corners. Though this maybe a harbor of issues, there are some solutions you can use in if you cannot expand your current set up. But that is an article itself. Though if you have ample land or you can acquire it, is the first step.

Designing for a brand-new parking lot is much easier than expanding an established one. Mainly due to the types of pavement that you lay. If you went with a traditional method of concreate or asphalt, it has more than likely taken some wear and tear over the years. By adding more of that even with newer materials, it will look very tacky. Which in the end is better than no parking, it just doesn’t look good. Building for the ground up can give you a better designed flow for the whole lot, since it was designed with the space in mind. Adding can often interfere with the natural flow that it already had. Not to mention that you will have to shut down a part of your parking lot for crews to work on it. Now, this doesn’t always have to be the case, which leads me to my final point.

Concreate and asphalt are the most common kind of pavements. But, if you are a smaller business, extending or building a whole new parking lot can be costly and prevent you from expanding. Because of this there are many places that want to grow, but cannot. This is where alternative pavements can come in handy. permeable pavements are a relatively new paving technique that is used. That does not require large machines and costly materials. In fact, some are far more cheaper and easier to install. Though not as recognized as the previous two, they have become more prominent in the last few years. So, if money or construction is a concern holding you back, keep in mind that there are more than just two choices.

In the end, these are the three basic questions that you should keep in mind when you are planning to expand or build new. You don’t have to follow every piece of advice given, but it’s important to keep it in mind during this process. Because these tend to be the areas that will contribute the most to the efficiently of the parking lot at the end of the day.

Dumbleton Greenwald

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