Your parking lot creates the first impression customers or clients will have of your business or organization, and you want it to be a good one. Additionally, your parking lot needs to not only look good, but it needs to function in terms of safety and traffic flow. If your parking lot is not on point, and your parking lot striping—the painted lines delineating parking spots, driving areas, and pedestrian crossing areas—is unclear, you may be turning off customers or clients due to safety issues, poor functionality, and fading aesthetics. Explore the signs that may indicate your parking lot is in need of restriping.
Signs of a Parking Lot in Need of Help
There are many indicators that your parking lot is in need of work. They include:
- An Increase in Bad Parking.
As striping lines fade from dirt, UV rays, and the elements, it will be harder for drivers to see the lines. Since parking lot striping creates the rules for a parking lot—where a vehicle can park, handicapped parking, driving lanes, and pedestrian crossing areas—then the rules get thrown out when the painted lines fade and are hard to see. You’ll see a lot more parking over the parking spots’ lines, non-handicapped vehicles parking in handicapped spaces, and more.
- Increases in Bad Driving and Accidents.
Again, parking lot striping sets the rules for your parking lot. If the painted striping lines are hard for drivers to see, especially when it is raining or dark, then drivers are less likely to follow the parking lot rules. You’ll see vehicles driving across parking spot lines, going the wrong way in driving lanes, driving too fast through pedestrian areas, and more. You’ll also likely see an increase in accidents occurring in your parking lot.
- Damaged Wheel Stops
Wheel stops are cement or plastic forms that are installed at the end of parking spots to delineate where the spots end to keep vehicles from driving further into the spot directly across the striping’s center line. If drivers can’t really see a parking spot’s striping to define the spot’s boundaries, they are more likely to pull in too far and hit the wheel stop. If you’re seeing more dings, chips, and other damage to your parking lot’s wheel stops, then it’s likely time to repaint the striping.
It’s recommended to have a parking lot restriped at least every five years, but some parking lots require it more often based on the elements and the amount of traffic; obviously lines will need to be restriped after every overlay installation or sealcoating.
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