Parking Lot Striping

The most Economical Method to Inprove Curb Appeal

 

A parking lot is one of the first things noticed by customers,  clients, and visitors entering a facility. The color contrast of a newly  striped lot is attractive and is a good indication that the property  owner emphasizes maintenance.


A well-marked parking lot directs people safely around the parking  area. Crosswalks, stop bars, loading-zone markings, and properly marked  pickup areas, such as for customers or boarding vehicles, inform  pedestrians where they should walk, when to give right-of-way to  traffic, and what areas to avoid.


To help preserve or improve the flow of traffic on a parking lot,  L&L Industries’s parking lot stripers will either re-stripe or lay out new  markings per customer’s blueprints or our design.

 

Parking Lot Striping Design Considerations

Maximize Space

A property owner aims to get the most cars possible into a parking  lot to maintain cost-effectiveness. The right layout and parking lot  striping can help meet this goal.

Efficient Traffic Flow

Customers want parking lots that allow them to enter, park, and exit  quickly and safely. Attractive and properly placed parking stalls,  arrows, and handicapped-reserve signs help to efficiently direct  travelers.

Designated Parking

Before parking lot striping, it important to consider whether a  parking lot needs designated parking spaces for disabled persons,  customers, employees, visitors, or other individuals.

Signed into law in July 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act  (ADA) affects every property owner. Regardless of company size, all  businesses must now have the proper amount of handicapped-accessible  parking stalls, and required van parking spaces.

Many municipalities require a newly constructed parking lot (at  commercial or large residential properties) to be striped up to ADA  requirements before an operating permit is issued. In addition, they  must also have a minimum number of parking spaces per 1,000 square feet  of utilized facility.


For more information about the latest requirements, please read our article on ADA Compliance.

Layout Options

Providing the most stalls possible in a functional parking lot is the main goal of a layout.


The straight-in design (90°) always allows for the most stalls; but,  for a variety of reasons, angled stalls (45°, 60° or 75°) are preferred.  Straight-in stalls are easiest to lay out and stripe, plus they permit  two-way traffic.


Angled stalls, on the other hand, are easier for drivers to turn into  and back out of and require a narrower lane. In addition, angled stalls  provide a controlled one-way traffic flow and create a herringbone  design that many owners find appealing. Unfortunately, the greater the  angle, the more space is taken up.

Pavement Marking Procedure

L&L Industries uses the highest quality material and the latest equipment  to get the job done efficiently. Our parking lot stripers are also  equipped to provide specialized markings and signs for any application.

Preparation involves cleaning the lot of all debris with a power  blower or broom and, where applicable, removing old stripes.

Pavement Marking Facts

Since we only apply environmentally friendly acrylic water-borne  paint, the temperature must be 45° Fahrenheit and rising. Traffic should  be kept off a newly striped lot for at least one hour.

Pavement marking should never be considered the end of maintenance.  Rather, lot marking indicates that all surface repairs are complete and  the pavement is ready for efficient use by both the public and property  owner.

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