Everybody Loves A Champion….So Should You!

In Cleveland, everything we do is about being able to call ourselves a Champion!  At Surface Engineering, the very same attitude and mentality is in place – it is all about being a Champion.

As we know, just being around a long time does not make you a champion – the Browns, Indians and Cavs have been around a very long time and we have 1 Championship in recent history to show for it.  Being around a long time makes you Experienced.

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Choosing The Right Contractor Is Important

It is that time of year when all of the paving and pavement maintenance contractors come out of the wood work.  Everyone is offering a “free” estimate on your parking lot and everyone is trying to lock in your project for the 2017 season.  How do you know who to choose?  Some people will base their decision solely on price, the best price wins the job.  Some will base their decision based on a referral from someone else.  Others will have no idea on how to make their decision.  The most important thing is that you get the best quality job for your money.

When choosing your pavement contractor there are many things you should be looking at.  Perhaps the first thing you should look at is experience.  How long has this company been in business?  Unfortunately, it is very easy to get into the pavement maintenance business and if you contract with someone who is only after your money, you may not be very happy in the end.

Another thing you should look at is their standing within the community.  This is evident by projects they have completed in the community as well as documented on the Better Business Bureau website.  When companies pay to be accredited through the BBB, they are saying “we welcome your feedback – good or bad, and are committed to providing you with quality service and workmanship”.

Then there are 5 key areas pertaining to your specific project that you should take into consideration:

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Its Time For Your Annual Checkup

There is a reason that you visit your doctor at least once a year.  You want to have an annual physical, make sure your vitals are stable and in good standing, and make sure everything is where it should be.  If for some reason something is a little off kilter or not right, you can address it early and take proper measures to get yourself well and running a full capacity.  Your parking lot is a lot like your personal health, preventative care is the best way to go!  Not only can it save you a lot of money, but any issues can be identified early and mitigated, allowing your parking lot time to “heal” and in a short time get it up and running at full capacity.

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Spring is a Time For “Plants” to Open Up

While the title of the Blog has a little bit of a play on words, the fact is that it is 100% true.  With the warmer weather and all of the rain we are seeing flowers and plants are opening up all over the city….likewise, so are the Asphalt Plants in Cleveland.  What does this mean for your parking lot?  It means you can be one of the first projects of 2017 and therefore one of the best looking parking lots around before any other.

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April Showers Bring December Potholes

Now that spring has arrived, its truly time to start thinking about your parking lot. Perhaps the most important thing that you can do is patch any potholes, that are a result of a harsh Northeast Ohio Winter, and Crack Seal. Often times, people would like to put off the maintenance until the Summer or Fall months but you should be cautioned that this can actually do MORE damage to your parking lot. Water penetration, coupled with an extreme amount of annual freeze/thaw cycles, is one of the worse things that your parking lot can experience. The problems that come from water penetration (rain water, melting snow, etc) in open cracks and potholes can be overbearing and quite costly.

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