Concrete Parking Lot Design: Choosing the Right Specifications

Did you know there are around 26 different types of concrete? A lot more goes into planning and building a parking lot than you may think. Choosing the right concrete thickness, for example, can prevent cracking and the need for costly concrete parking lot maintenance.

If you are exploring parking structure options, consider the tips in this blog.

Why Choose Concrete?

Asphalt may be cheaper to use as the base material of a parking lot, but when you add up the cost of maintaining and resurfacing asphalt you begin to see the advantages of concrete.

An investment in concrete can mean near-zero maintenance costs other than the cost of cleaning. Concrete failure is rare, especially when you work with a reputable construction company. 

Concrete is lighter in color, which means it won’t get as hot during the summer. Concrete is also easier to light at night, which can save on energy costs. Concrete is also more rigid than asphalt, and it won’t develop potholes or ruts.  

Concrete Slab Thickness

City codes will determine the minimum thickness of your parking lot, but you can always go thicker. Consider the amount and type of traffic that will be using the parking lot. Six inches of concrete is generally considered sufficient for most long-term uses.

If the parking lot will experience high traffic and large trucks, you may be better off going with several inches of concrete. Parking lot construction for projects that will only experience light use may only need four inches of concrete. 

The thickness of your parking lot concrete is one important factor that will determine the lot’s weight capacity. The type of concrete used and any reinforcements like line rebar or wire mesh can increase the weight capacity of your concrete parking lot construction. 

Parking Lot specifications and Other Factors

You’ll want to ensure that your concrete parking lot specifications allow for the number of parking spaces that you’ll eventually need. The average parking space is around eight to nine feet in width and 10 to 15 feet in length.

That means an average parking spot size of around 150 square feet. Multiply that number by the number of cars that you need to serve, and you’ll start to get an idea of how large your parking lot will be. Just remember that you’ll need plenty of room for driving lanes too.

Many states mandate minimum parking space dimensions, so be sure to meet local and state specifications.

Drainage is another consideration. Slight changes in elevation can effectively direct water toward drainage channels. You can prevent the formation of random cracks by using a well-thought-out jointing pattern. 

Schedule Your Parking Lot Project Today

With a little bit of planning and the expert help of BuildPro STL, you can build the ideal parking lot for your employees and customers. The parking lot is one of the first parts of your business that visitors see, so make sure to invest in the right size and materials to make a great first impression. 

BuildPro STL helps contractors, business owners, and government agencies build superior parking lots and garages using superior concrete technology and finishing skills. To schedule your consultation, give us a call.

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