Here’s the gospel truth: The mention of parking lots is never going to prompt shouts of “Hallelujah!” from any church congregation. It’s a relatively bland topic that’s often overlooked until it can no longer be ignored.
But consider this: For a healthy church body hoping to invite new members into the fold, the church parking lot is the very first impression visitors will encounter. Insufficient parking – and, in particular, guest parking – could inadvertently send a message that a church has reached its capacity for believers. If there’s no space for the Prius, the prayers are going elsewhere.
Church parking lot expansion is a substantial undertaking, however, and there are a number of decisions to make before gravel is layered or asphalt is poured.
- Hire a professional contractor – Save money and time and avoid unnecessary stress. A professional paver can help to develop a strategy that fits your church’s needs and budget, allowing you to invest funds back into the ministry. Review prospective companies’ portfolios to confirm they have completed church parking lot projects in the past, and gauge customer satisfaction via online testimonials.
- Decide on materials – Asphalt or concrete? A professional paving company can help you to make an informed decision. Depending on the size of the project and thickness requirements, asphalt can be an excellent, cost-effective option, and is an ideal choice for many parking lots. Common maintenance issues involve sealing cracks, patching, pothole repair, restriping, and sealcoating. But when properly installed, asphalt paving can last up to 20 years.
- Get ready to welcome new guests – Clearly marked entrances and parking spaces and additional church parking lot signs are essential to establishing a hospitable environment. A quality commercial paving company can aid in the installation of proper signage.
Pro-Pave, Inc. has served churches throughout Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C., for more than a decade. For more information about expanding your church parking lot, signs and installation, and additional services, call Pro-Pave, Inc. today at (703) 433-9500 or fill out our contact form online.