What is parking lot restriping?
Parking lot restriping is the process of repainting old, dull, or faded pavement markings. This is important for safety reasons, as it helps drivers to more easily see where they should and should not be driving. Restriping also helps to create a more aesthetically pleasing parking lot, which can be helpful for businesses that rely on customers coming to their location. There are a few different methods that can be used for parking lot restriping. Machine painting, and preformed thermoplastic are the most common. The best method will depend on the size and layout of the parking lot, as well as the budget that the business has to work with.
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Why is parking lot striping important?
One of the most important reasons to keep your parking lot lines fresh is for the safety of your customers. When parking lot lines are faded or nonexistent, it can be hard for drivers to tell where they should and shouldn't park or drive. This can lead to accidents, damaged property, and sometimes even injuries. Well-defined parking spots, on the other hand, help drivers park and drive safely as to avoid potential hazards.
Another great reason to restripe your parking lot lines is that it can enhance the curb appeal of your property. First impressions are important, and if prospective customers pull up to an unkempt parking lot, they're likely to take their business elsewhere. A neat and tidy parking lot, on the other hand, will make a good impression on everyone who sees it. You might not think so at first glance, but restriping your parking lot lines can actually save you money in the long run. This is because freshly painted lines are much easier for drivers to see than faded or nonexistent ones. When drivers can easily see where they need to go, they're less likely to accidentally damage their vehicles or drive over curbs and flower beds. In other words, restriping your parking lot lines can help you avoid costly repairs down the road.
How often should you restripe?
How often you need to restripe your parking lot depends on a few factors. First, if you have a high traffic location like a gas station or fast food restaurant, you may need to restripe more frequently than other types of businesses because the extra wear and tear from the vehicle tires will wear down the markings faster.
Second, if your lines and markings are starting to become chipped, worn down or faded from the age of your parking lot and deterioration of the asphalt or concrete you'll need to restripe as a maintenance measure, over time markings will become less clear and legible. Asphalt and pavement erosion, cracking or potholes may be a reason to get markings restriped after the parking lot damage has been repaired.
Third If you live in an area with harsh weather conditions like extreme heat or cold, you may need to restripe more frequently to protect your asphalt from damage. Winter is extremely harsh on parking lot markings, for example snow removal with plow trucks and excessive use of salt may damage your markings or cause them to chip and flake. Extreme heat is also a factor in marking deterioration. Generally speaking, most businesses with average use and traffic will need to restripe every other year.
What products are used?
We use high quality paint that is specifically designed for outdoor parking lots. This paint is highly visible and durable, which means it will last for many years with proper care. White and yellow are the two most common colors for parking lot lines and markings. Specialty colors are used to distinguish specific areas, examples would be blue, which is used for handicap markings, red is used for fire lane markings, green has become a common color choice for electric vehicle charging locations and bike traffic lanes.
Water based Fast-Dry Latex paint is a common choice for striping, it is designed for extremely quick drying and turn around time. Fast-Dry Latex is ideal for striping newly placed asphalt or fresh sealcoating. Solvent based marking paints are heavier duty paints that provide better performance over concrete and when restriping existing lines. Solvent based products are ideal for crosswalks, curbs, warehouse aisles, restriping, and other concrete substrates.
The application, budget and climate will be a major factor in deciding which option will work best, but for the majority of situations Fast-Dry Latex is the preferred option. With Fast-Dry latex paint your business can be restriped during business hours. Wheel pickup dry time is a term to describe the amount of time needed for the products to cure before traffic can resume driving over the new markings. In ideal application conditions this time can be from 30 minutes to 1 hour.
When can striping be done?
Spring and early summer are the ideal season for having your parking lot restriped. Winter takes a toll on parking lots and often leaves them in need of a facelift to restore curb appeal. We understand that businesses operate on different schedules, so we are able to accommodate any schedule for our clients. Parking lot restriping can be done quickly with only minimal disruption to your customers, vendors, or staff if it is performed during operating hours. We can even do overnight shifts if necessary so that we don't interfere with normal business operations.
If you are planning a new layout over freshly poured concrete waiting roughly 30 days for the concrete to fully cure needs to be considered. A freshly seal coated parking lot will also need a few days to cure before striping should be performed. In some cases 2 coats of paint may be required for new concrete, asphalt or fresh seal coating. If you're looking for a way to improve the safety, appearance, and traffic flow of your parking lot, then consider restriping! This simple process can make a big difference in the overall look and feel of your business.
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When you need parking lot restriping, we make the process hassle-free and convenient. Let our experts recommend the appropriate time to restripe your lot. We can apply striping after business hours if that fits your schedule best. We understand that you have a business to run, and our goal is to not impede your normal business operating hours.