Whether you manage an apartment complex, retail center, or a government facility, the parking lot is a vital element in allowing your guests and visitors to access your property. Your parking lot needs to be both functional and attractive while making the best use of the flow of traffic.


Before you install your parking lot, read below to consider these four factors

Asphalt or Concrete: Which is Best?

In most cases, asphalt is used to install parking lots. However, there is another option: concrete. Both of these hard-surface materials have distinct features and benefits.


●        Asphalt costs an average of $2.50 to $4.00 per square foot.

●        Asphalt is ideal for cold climates because it allows easy snow removal and ican be modified.

●        With proper maintenance, asphalt can last up to 30 years. 

●        You can resurface asphalt without having to replace all of it.


●        Concrete costs an average of $6.00 to $8.00 per square foot.

●        Concrete is ideal for warmer, sunny climates.

●        With proper maintenance, concrete can last up to 50 years.

●        For major repairs, you have to completely replace concrete.

Lighting Options

The most important element to consider in parking lot lighting is providing adequate lighting so that drivers and pedestrians can clearly see pavement markings, walkways, parking bumpers, or signs. LED bulbs have become the industry standard for parking lots because they save energy, emit almost no heat, last several years, require little maintenance, and provide plenty of directional and scattered lighting.


Before you install lighting, check with the local city or county utility office to find out about lighting and electrical regulations in your area.

First Impression

When it comes to parking lots, making a positive impression means that your guests or visitors don’t even have to think about the parking lot. What does this mean from a practical standpoint?


●        The parking lot is logically and clearly marked.

●        There are convenient spaces for visitors with disabilities (Check with the ADA guidelines).

●        There is plenty of space between the cars for passengers to enter/exit their vehicles.

●        There are clear markings and signs for pedestrian crossings.

●        The parking lot is smooth and level.

Traffic Flow

A functional parking lot design will direct traffic clearly from the moment a driver enters the property. Drivers will know where to enter the parking lot, which direction to drive in the lanes, where pedestrians are walking, and where to exit the lot.


Your parking lot needs to contain clear markings (or single word instructions, if necessary) and properly placed signage to indicate where drivers enter, park, and exit the lot. If your parking lot contains diagonal parking spaces, then you need to mark your lanes with arrows that indicate which direction the driver should go to easily access the spaces.

Asphalt and Road Repair in Minneapolis

Bituminous Roadways, Inc. offers quality patching, cracksealing, sealcoating, and general asphalt and road repair in Minneapolis and the Greater Twin Cities area. We offer competitive pricing by using the latest technology, equipment, and materials for all asphalt-related jobs.

To schedule a consultation or find out more about our services, call us today at 651-686-7001 or send a message on our contact page.