Houston Site Preparation Contractors

American Paving’s Site Preparation Services Are The Foundation Your Building Project

The very first steps of any construction project involve site preparation. Wherever you decide to place your building, that spot will need some work before it’s ready for full-scale construction. Dirt work – the less formal term for site preparation – entails all of the processes involved in getting a construction pad ready. Some of these processes are handled far from the construction site, but they’re all critical to project success.

The American Paving team provides site preparation with our asphalt paving and concrete construction services, though we can also prepare a site as a standalone service. In both cases, our dirt work is done with precision and attention to detail. Nothing will cause new construction to fail faster than poor site preparation.

Why Is Quality Site Preparation Work So Important To A Construction Project?

You probably know that all buildings require a stable foundation. It’s this foundation that stabilizes the building, allows it to bear its own weight and remain sturdy when weather stresses the underlying soil.

The foundation, though, cannot be placed on unprepared ground. As durable as concrete is, it can fail when subjected to excessive tension forces, like those caused by unstable and shifting soils. To prevent this, dirt work experts grade, shape, excavate and compact the dirt so that it provides the perfect foundation pad.

In addition to enhancing construction durability, site preparation services also help in a couple more areas. Specifically, dirt work is important for the following:

  • Ensure the construction area is accessible to work crews – During site preparation, temporary paths and roads are carved out. This makes it easier for work crews to access various spots, which improves work safety and efficiency.
  • Remove any obstructions that could interfere with construction – Site preparation clears the land of anything that would get in the way of construction. Rocks, trees, debris – anything that could slow or even damage a piece of construction equipment is removed.
  • Improve erosion control around the build site – Soil erosion can put building foundations at risk, especially in areas where heavy rainfalls and flooding are common. While erosion can’t be stopped completely, quality dirt work will fortify the site against rapid, destructive levels of erosion.

Site preparation is an important part of the construction process and should be planned for when putting together project timelines and costs.

When It Comes To Site Prep, Let Us Do The Dirty Work

American Paving is equipped with the hardware, manpower and expertise to prepare any site for construction. Some of the dirt work services we offer include:

Some construction sites are ready for dirt work right away, but most aren’t. It’s common for large rocks, trees, and even dilapidated structures to be present, and they’ll need to be removed before further dirt work can be accomplished. It’s highly recommended that you have a site preparation expert in place already for this part of the job. American Paving, for example, has an array of demolition and removal equipment that allows us to get the job done quickly and safely.

Before extensive dirt work begins, soil samples are taken from the construction site and sent to a lab for analysis. The soil’s composition will indicate how stable the area is and whether it can support the proposed structures.

If necessary, the soil can be stabilized with chemical additives like lime. Additives facilitate the same chemical reactions that take place in concrete during installation, which results in more durable chemical bonds. This will enhance the soil’s load-bearing capacity and allow construction to continue.

Assuming the soil is fit to build on, it’s then necessary to survey the site and plan out where buildings will go. You can think of site surveying as the point where the contractor’s build plans are marked out at the build site. Not only is this helpful for ensuring your construction is on target, it is also required by most local building ordinances.

Grading starts once the site is cleared and planned out. During this part of the process, heavy machinery is used to level the site to the desired slope. This typically means leveling everything to create a flat space for construction, but grading can also be used to shape the land for other purposes, like creating efficient drainage and a stable spot for base courses.

During excavation, dirt is moved from one spot to another. For site preparation purposes, excavation is used to dig out spots for foundations, walls and trenches for building infrastructure like plumbing.

Detention ponds are designed to temporarily capture water before it is drained from the bottom. Retention ponds also capture water, but also retain a low level of water at all times. In both cases, they’re effective at controlling property flooding, but retention ponds are needed in places where the water table is too high for efficient drainage. American Paving is experienced with both and can select the right choice for your property.

Storm sewers and drainage basins channel and transport runoff so that it doesn’t collect on a property. The best opportunity to install these is during site preparation, and American Paving’s experience with concrete construction ensures we can do so efficiently and according to site plans.

The American Paving Team Knows Dirt, Which Is Why Property Owners Trust Us For The Work

Dirt work is a foundational part of any construction project, literally. As such, it’s important that you trust your site preparation to an expert. For many property owners, that expert is the American Paving team.

Why is American Paving a trusted leader in site preparation? First, we have decades of experience in site preparation and construction services, and we frequently provide both to the same client. It’s our leave-no-detail-unaccounted-for approach that allows us to move smoothly from dirt work to concrete or asphalt work. Along the way, we explain every step of the process to our clients, so they know what to expect and when to expect it. In short, we’re professionals, and we comport ourselves that way from site planning to site completion.

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