If you need to pave a retail parking lot, there are a lot of different things you’ll need to take into consideration. Saving money is one thing that almost everyone considers important, but there are other features to consider as well. Stormwater detention is something every parking lot has to deal with, for instance.
Eco-friendliness, aesthetic appeal, and achieving the required parking capacity are also other important factors that come into play. Most retail parking lot owners use a pure asphalt or pure concrete pavement, with additional drainage systems put in place to deal with stormwater.
There are more efficient ways, however, to meet the requirements of a retail parking lot. In case you weren’t aware of these superior alternatives to asphalt and concrete, let’s take a look at paving material you can use to improve your retail parking lot in a variety of ways.
How to Get the Best of Both Worlds in a Retail Parking Lot
Most retail lots use only asphalt or concrete, which is largely due to tradition and the durability of these materials. There is a better parking lot solution that has been created for residential, commercial, and industrial parking lots, however. Plastic permeable pavement like TRUEGRID’s PRO PLUS is the solution.
Permeable pavers are durable enough to handle the heavy usage of a retail parking lot without ever requiring any significant maintenance. They are also more cost-effective than asphalt or concrete.
Permeable pavers also work as a built-in drainage system, allowing you to save money on stormwater drainage and detention. This allows you to use more of your available land for parking spaces instead of allocating space for a detention pond. With permeable pavers, the detention pond can be located directly beneath the parking lot.
Of course, some retail owners still like the look of asphalt or concrete in their lots, but that’s not a problem. You can get the best of both worlds by combining asphalt or concrete with permeable pavement. This is done by laying your typical asphalt or concrete hardscapes to use as driving lanes, and then building the parking spaces entirely out of permeable pavers.
By constructing your parking lot like this, you will slash the installation time by a significant margin, you’ll save money, and eliminate the potential for standing water in your lot.
America’s #1 Coffee Company Has Used TRUEGRID Pavers
Don’t just take it from us that TRUEGRID is the most effective solution for improving the efficiency of a parking lot and eliminating stormwater issues, take it from Starbucks. That’s right, the world’s most popular coffee shop utilized TRUEGRID pavers to address flooding and stormwater problems at their New Orleans location.
The city is known for having above-average levels of precipitation, so Starbucks combined their concrete hardscape with permeable parking spaces to effectively eliminate the flooding issues they were having in their 20-car lot.
TRUEGRID is Perfect for Any Retail Location
As you can see, TRUEGRID pavers are the perfect solution for any location that wants to save money, use their land more efficiently, and eliminate stormwater drainage issues. Even the busiest of locations can implement TRUEGRID due to the incredibly low installation time required to install the pavers. Depending on the size of the lot, installation can even be completed in a day’s time.
You’d think that a product with so many benefits would be more expensive than its competitors, but that’s not the case with TRUEGRID permeable pavers. In fact, they’re more affordable than asphalt or concrete, on average.
Not only that, but they’re much more eco-friendly and stylistically diverse. You can create your own unique design by using different types and colors of aggregate to give your parking lot a totally unique look.
Take Your Retail Lot to the Next Level with Permeable Pavers
Some business owners are attached to the idea of having an asphalt or concrete parking lot. They might think it looks more professional or simply aren’t aware of any respectable alternatives.
TRUEGRID permeable pavers give you the best of both worlds without sacrificing value. By swapping out your asphalt or concrete lot spaces with permeable pavement, you can still use asphalt or concrete for your driving lanes while enjoying the many benefits that come with permeable pavement.
This Starbucks location in New Orleans is just one example of a company that was able to more efficiently use their lot space while eliminating drainage and flooding issues completely. You can also combine concrete or asphalt hardscapes with permeable parking spaces to build a parking lot that’s more attractive, nearly impossible to flood, quicker to install, and requires less maintenance than the average 100% asphalt or concrete lot.
If you’re looking to pave a retail parking lot, pick up a sample of TRUEGRID permeable pavers today.