Homeowners and commercial property owners should always leave snow removal to a professional, to get snow and ice clearing done safely and quickly and to avoid damaging their property in the process.
The best time to hire a commercial snow removal company is summertime, or long before your area's first snowfall! Hiring a snow removal company as early as possible ensures that they can adequately assess the size and layout of your driveway, walkways, and parking lot. You also need time to discuss all your snow clearing options and contract details, and want to ensure that you'll be a top priority on their schedule!
To help you better understand when is the best time to hire a commercial snow removal company, note a few benefits of utilizing such a company in the first place, and of calling them as early as possible. You might also check out some tips and pointers for choosing the right type of contract, and for keeping your property in tiptop shape after winter is over!
Why Hire a Commercial Snow Removal Company
A business owner should never leave snow removal service to a maintenance worker, and a professional snow removal company is an excellent choice for residential properties, even if they're somewhat small. Check out some advantages of having a commercial snow removal company clear your residential lot or other property, some of which you've probably never considered!
Owners of commercial properties also do well to consider that your maintenance personnel may not be qualified to clear a parking lot or sidewalk properly. Snow or ice left behind by someone not skilled in adequately removing those materials might result in a customer or staff member slipping and injuring themselves, which can then mean a liability lawsuit!
Business owners and even homeowners would also do well to consider the best use of their time. A business owner or manager has better things to do than spend an hour clearing off a front sidewalk, and a homeowner also shouldn't need to spend several hours every day trying to clear their property, and especially when a commercial snow removal company with heavy-duty equipment can manage that same clearing in far less time!
What to Look for in a Commercial Snow Removal Company
You want to hire a commercial snow removal company as soon as possible because of all the details you want to look for in a snowplow company and their services, beyond just pricing!
Understanding a Commercial Snow Clearing Contract
Most commercial snow clearing companies offer a contract that outlines their prices for different services. These contracts may be written a bit differently for each customer, with various options for snow removal. Note an explanation of these various contracts, along with some pros and cons of each.
Other than the time and materials option, note that these contracts may charge separately for snow-clearing salt or other de-icing products. As with choosing the type of agreement for snow clearing, consider how much control you might want over the salt that is spread if any. For example, you might not need a de-icing product on a dark and bumpy asphalt parking lot but should always use salt or another such product on walkways and sidewalks.
How to Decide on the Best Commercial Snow Removal Contract
Hiring a commercial snow removal company shouldn't be left to the last minute, as you'll need time to compare all the features and details mentioned above. To make this easier on you, note a few tips on how to make those comparisons, so you choose the best contract for your property!
First, you might note records of average snowfalls in your area, and consider the cost of choosing a per-inch contract. Ask potential snow clearing companies for quotes on a fixed price, per push, and time and materials contract, along with any limitations in these contracts, such as the area to be cleared.
You might then compare these various prices, along with any restrictions and how that might impact your business or ability to get into your residential garage. In some cases, you might see that a per push contract would be less expensive, but might not offer the amount of clearance you need. A fixed rate contract might be more costly than a per inch contract and may not necessarily be needed if your area's average snowfall is a bit minimal.
Along with all this figuring, you'll need to consider the cost of salt and snow-clearing chemicals. You might also need to note any potential added charges, such as clearing you might need to be done during a holiday or on weekends, or if you'll ever need emergency clearance.
How to Keep Snow off your Residential or Commercial Property
A reliable commercial snow removal company is your best choice for clearing snow from your parking lots, driveways, and walkways, but there are many other things a property owner can do to keep snow and ice buildup to a minimum and keep their property safe for vehicle and foot traffic. Check out a few simple tips you might keep in mind.
Protecting your Property After Winter is Over
Hiring a commercial snow removal company every winter is very beneficial for asphalt and concrete, as the added moisture and cold temperature of both snow and ice can cause these surfaces to get brittle and then crack, chip, and spall. However, snow-clearing salt and other de-icing materials can be corrosive to these surfaces, and also cause damage.
Note, too, that snow and ice may capture and trap pesticides, fertilizers, and other such chemicals from your lawn and landscaping features; as the snow melts across your driveway or parking lot, it can leave these chemicals behind. This residue can also cause chipping, cracking, and spalling of these materials and surfaces.
One of the best ways to protect your property's concrete or asphalt is to have these surfaces power washed or soft washed after winter is over. An effective power washing will remove all that damaging residue and clean away any leftover de-icing chemicals, salt, and other such materials. Power washing can also remove peeling paint as well as oil stains and other such discoloration. You can then assess that damage and note if it's time for repairs or repaving of your parking lot, driveway, and other such areas