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Parking lot striping … seriously, how important can it be? All it is, is a few white lines that show people where to park – right? Wrong. There’s so much more to parking lot striping that you need to know in order to get the most benefits out of your car parking area. From first impressions to lasting impressions, here are the top 5 things you need to know about line striping.

First Point of Call

Whenever anyone goes to your business, shopping center, or public parking lot – the first thing they see is the car park! If your parking lot is in top notch condition, potential customers and clients will notice; and they’re more likely to stick around. A well-marked parking lot shows that you take pride in your property, which in turn shows potential customers that you can be trusted. Parking lots that are well maintained are more likely to turn a lead into a customer.

Special Markings

It’s not all about lines either and when you’re looking at line striping, you need to consider if you require any special markings or stencils; such as, disabled parking or pram parks, stop signs, speed limits, no-parking areas, or warnings. You also want to ensure you have adequate and well-marked crossings for foot traffic; and you could even include a logo at the entrance of the property to enhance your brand.

Safety

A well-defined parking lot with the line striping also provides a safer environment for visitors and can reduce your chances of being held responsible if any type of injury or damage occurs. For example if one car side-swipes another and your lines are up to scratch, there is no chance they can blame the incident on the poor maintenance and signage for spaces.

The Process

For high quality striping, paint is applied to a striping machine at a minimum thickness of 13 millimeters. Most of that paint will actually soak into the road itself, so you want to arrange to have more than one layer. Also make sure your provider uses long lasting paint and consistent lines that precise.

Over Time

The problem with line striping is that like any paint, it fades over time with high traffic volume, the weather and the quality of the paint all playing a part. You need to ensure the lines and markings are visible at 75% quality at all times, which generally means, you need to get the striping reapplied every 1 to 2 years. In the US, this is actually the law and the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) regularly checked compliance. Failure to abide by this law and you could receive a substantial fine from the U.S. Department of Justice.

But being forced to maintain your car parking area is certainly not a bad thing. A small investment with the right company, and you can continue to show your customers and clients that you take pride in every aspect of your business.