Expert Paving Tips for Warehouses and Distribution Centers

Keeping your warehouse or distribution center running smoothly involves more than just what’s inside—it’s about making sure the outside infrastructure, especially your paving, is up to the task. At Ace Paving, we’ve got the know-how to handle these heavy-duty projects with minimal disruption to your operations. Here’s a breakdown of what we do and some tips to help you maintain those heavily-trafficked paved surfaces.

Phased Construction: Keeping Business as Usual

Warehouses and distribution centers are busy places, so the last thing you need is a paving project throwing a wrench in your operations. That’s where phased construction comes in. By tackling high-traffic areas during off-peak hours or days, we can get the job done with little to no interference with your daily business. This helps to reduce downtime and keep productivity levels high.

We’re experts at getting the job done without causing major disruptions. How? By working in phases and coordinating closely with our clients, with a focus on reducing downtime and keeping your operations moving smoothly.

Heavy-Duty Specs for Heavy Loads

Parking lots and foundations for warehouses and distribution centers aren’t like your average pavement—they’re built to withstand hefty weights from big trucks and machinery. For new constructions, we stick to engineered drawings to make sure everything holds up under pressure. If you’ve got existing surfaces that are looking worse for wear, we team up with local geotechs to figure out the best removal and replacement strategies, especially if problems go deeper than the surface.

For warehouse and distribution center paving, using quality materials is key. With all the heavy equipment, constant traffic, and exposure to the elements, your pavement needs to be tough. At Ace Paving, we only use top-notch materials made for heavy-duty use. That way, your pavement lasts longer and needs less maintenance.

Take our recent project at a FEMA Warehouse in Atlanta, GA, for example. After removing the old asphalt, we laid down 2 inches of 12.5mm heavy-duty Superpave asphalt. This ensured the surface could handle the daily grind of heavy traffic, resulting in a smooth, durable finish built to last.

Site Prep and Maintenance

Good site prep is crucial for long-lasting pavement, especially in high-traffic industrial settings. Fixing issues like poor drainage or shaky subgrades before laying new asphalt is a must. We don’t cut corners when it comes to prepping your site.  This means proper grading, compacting, and installing necessary utilities.

But even with the best preparation, regular maintenance is essential for keeping your pavement in top shape. Here are some tips to keep your paved surfaces in top shape:

  1. Regular Inspections: Make it a habit to check for minor issues before they become big (expensive) problems.
  2. Monitor Weight Limits: Make sure trucks and equipment using your pavement are within the weight limits specified by engineers.
  3. Timely Repairs: Fix cracks and potholes as soon as they appear to prevent further damage.
  4. Sealcoating: Protect your pavement from water, oil, and sun damage by applying a sealant regularly.
  5. Proper Drainage: Ensure your drainage systems are working well to avoid water-related damage.
  6. Avoid Chemical Spills: Petroleum-based products like gasoline and oil can cause damage to asphalt if not cleaned up properly.
  7. Avoid Using Deicing Chemicals: Salt and deicing chemicals can melt ice on your pavement, but they can also cause damage and cracks. Use them sparingly and consider alternatives like sand or kitty litter.
  8. Keep it Clean: Remove debris and spills promptly to prevent surface degradation.

Our Expertise in Action

FEMA Warehouse in Atlanta, GA

To give you an idea of how we operate, here’s a quick look at our work on the FEMA Warehouse in Atlanta. Faced with deteriorated asphalt, we took on a massive milling and resurfacing job, covering 16,512 square yards. Here’s how we did it:

  • Milling: Carefully milled the worn-out asphalt down to 2 inches.
  • Clean-Up: Thoroughly cleaned the area to prep for new asphalt.
  • Repaving: Laid down 2 inches of 12.5mm heavy-duty superpave asphalt.
  • Compaction: Ensured a smooth and uniform finish by compacting the new surface.

This job not only revitalized the warehouse’s infrastructure but also extended its lifespan.

Miller Road Project in Lithonia, GA

Another great example of our expertise is the Miller Road Project in Lithonia, GA. This comprehensive project involved removing and replacing approximately 12,715 sq yds of deteriorated asphalt and installing 1,386 sq yds of new asphalt. Here’s what we did:

  • Milling: Removed the existing asphalt to a depth of 2 inches and disposed of all debris.
  • Base Preparation: Installed an 8-inch aggregate rock base, compacted to optimal density, and subjected to proof rolling for stability.
  • Repaving: Placed and compacted 2.5 inches of 19mm binder asphalt, followed by an additional 1.5-inch layer of heavy-duty 9.5mm surface asphalt.

In total, we placed 1,700 tons of new asphalt, resulting in a road that’s strong, durable, and ready for heavy traffic.

Get a Quote from Ace Paving

At Ace Paving, we understand the unique needs of distribution centers and warehouses. For results that last, you need a paving partner who knows paving inside and out. With over 25 years of experience, we have the expertise to complete your project with minimal disruption and maximum durability. Our goal is to provide durable, reliable paving solutions that keep your operations running without a hitch.

Ready to upgrade your industrial or warehouse paving? Contact us today to get a quote and see how we can help you keep your business moving forward.

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