Despite being one of the most important steps in site preparation for construction, land grading is often misunderstood or deemed unnecessary. Land grading is essential; skipping it can create problems that’ll last for as long as your new property stands.
Land grading takes place after excavation completes. Dirt is taken from higher areas to fill in the lower spots. Depending on the project, it can be plain or a slope. Regardless, the target is to achieve a smooth landscape with no variations whatsoever.
These are some of the good reasons why you should let professionals handle your commercial land grading needs.
Reason #1: Water Drainage
Land grading is an important consideration when construction is to take place on the uneven landscape because of water drainage. If the construction site is not graded properly, water won’t drain away from the property.
Instead, water runoff may be directed towards the site instead of away from it. This can be disastrous during rainfall as the water will accumulate around the foundation. The threats posed by lack of or improper land grading include damage to foundation and interior flooding.
Reason #2: Smooth Landscape
Land grading ensures that the site has a smooth landscape, a very important aesthetic element for any property. Without land grading, uneven spots may exist throughout the site’s surface. Not only is this visually irksome but can also cause logistic issues.
Reason #3: Solid Foundation
Land grading is done before the foundation is laid down. It’s one of the very first steps when it comes to construction. Ensuring that land grading is done by professionals will give you a solid foundation for the project.
Reason #4: Even Elevation
Sloped surfaces may look simple but there’s a science to developing them as too steep a slope can be problematic.
Professionals will understand the level of elevation required and ensure even elevation throughout.
Reason #5: Paved Surfaces
Land grading isn’t just for construction projects on uneven landscapes. It can create problems even if construction takes place on an even surface. How? Your paved surfaces such as the driveway, terraces, and walkways also require an appropriate slope.
If you skip professional land grading on paved surfaces, drainage issues will arise. Water collecting in your commercial project’s parking lot won’t do anyone any good!
Find the right contractor for your projects. For companies operating in Oklahoma, Garry Barnett Dirt Contracting offers commercial excavation and land grading services.
Garry Barnett has been in the excavation business for over twenty years. We have the equipment and manpower to handle site work on large-scale commercial projects. Contact us for your free quote now!