Maintaining parking lot striping is the responsibility of the property owner. Without clear striping, visitors to the building won’t know where to park, the parking area will be disorganized, and a lack of clear directional markers could even cause an accident. If you’re a property owner with striping that you use a refresh, here’s what you can expect during the project.
The first step in parking lot striping
The best way to begin a new striping project, or to refresh an existing one, is to check the area for any potholes or cracks first. If any are found, those should be repaired before new striping paint is added. This will ensure the most effective striping and will go a long way in keeping the parking lot striping lines in great shape for years to come.
Temporarily relocate current parking
While your parking lot undergoes new striping, you’ll need to figure out a way to relocate the cars that regularly park there. If those cars belong to employees, you’ll need to find an offsite place for them to park. If customers regularly park in the space, you’ll need to arrange somewhere close by that they can park instead and clear directional signage so that they know exactly where to go.
Clear away dirt and debris before parking lot striping
Clearing away dirt and debris is as important as surveying the integrity of the asphalt or concrete for potholes and cracks. A clean base on which to apply paint will ensure that the paint adheres better and will extend the lifespan of the striping. If you skip this step, striping paint will easily fleck away during the next high wind or rainstorm, or even underneath regular traffic.
Leave the rest up to the pros
Parking lot striping should be done by a professional group with experience and that knows what they’re doing. It requires specialized tools to get the lines exactly as they should. Professionals will also ensure compliance with handicap parking, fire lanes, and more.