Haphazardly parked cars, confused visitors, and legal liabilities are just a few of the problems that stem from improper parking lot line striping practices. The task of maintaining a parking lot should never be overlooked and there are many common line striping mistakes that property owners should be aware of.

By avoiding these 4 line striping mistakes, you can be certain that your parking lot looks attractive and functions efficiently:

Mistake #1: Not Properly Assessing the Pavement Surface

Before starting the project, be sure to measure the parking lot correctly. Incorrect measurements can lead to stripes that are too long or too short for the space– which looks unprofessional. Also, you must ensure that the pavement’s condition will allow the paint to adhere to the surface without causing premature fading, peeling, or chipping.

Take note of the efficiency and safety of your current parking lot layout and decide if it’s time for a different design. The traffic flow, of both vehicles and pedestrians, play a major role in creating a positive experience on a business’s property.

Mistake #2: Not Preparing the Parking Lot Beforehand

Parking lines and pavement markings will last longer and look better on a lot that’s been cleaned, dried, and masked off to avoid overspray. Start by sweeping away any dirt, dust, and debris and removing any obstacles. You should also inspect any cracks or potholes and make all necessary repairs before line striping or pavement marking. Asphalt cracks can cause the paint to pool, resulting in uneven or sloppy lines.

Moreover, painting over faded existing lines looks unattractive compared to doing so on a new, clean surface. Water blasting is a quick service (that Pavement Solutions offers) that removes existing markings without damaging the pavement underneath. Removing old markings will vastly improve a lot’s condition and ensure the paint looks fresh and stays intact.

Mistake #3: Using the Wrong Paint

Different types of paint are meant for different types of surfaces. The pavement conditions, traffic volume, and local weather conditions are all crucial factors to consider when choosing paint for your parking lot. Trying to cut corners and going with any old cheap paint will result in chipping and fading almost immediately. Water and oil-based paints are the most common options for line striping. Reflective paint can be coated on top of standard parking lot line stripes to offer safer nighttime navigation. Thermoplastic paint is a durable option that’s best suited for parking lots with high traffic volume and weight.

You should consult an experienced and credible pavement marking and line striping contractor before choosing a paint type. The pavement professionals at Pavement Solutions use the highest quality pavement treatments, equipment, and paints to ensure the best result.

Mistake #4: Not Meeting Compliance Standards

Failing to meet parking lot compliance standards can cause property owners a headache. Pavement markings and line stripes must adhere to ADA regulations, fire code laws, and city and state codes. Parking lots need to have designated parking spaces to accommodate individuals with disabilities. If you miss essential ADA regulations, you will likely have to remove the freshly painted lines and start from scratch to avoid getting a hefty fine. At Pavement Solutions, we are experts in federal, state, and municipal ADA regulations and will help you avoid penalties.

Mistake #5: Not Refreshing Line Stripes Regularly

Property owners should include line striping and pavement marking in their routine maintenance plans. Line striping should be done at least once a year, and more often if necessary. This helps to prevent accidents, maximize parking spaces, and improve curb appeal.

A properly striped parking lot can help with safety, space maximization, traffic flow, and curb appeal. It also minimizes your liability in case of an accident. The experts at Pavement Solutions consider all elements of your parking lot to ensure a cohesive layout for your specific property. Reach out to our experts for a free price quote today: submit a request form with your project information or give us a call at (815) 675-0696.

Posted by C. Butler on 4/22/24