Line Striping As A Form Of Communication
Line striping is a critical form of communication in an organized and structured parking lot. The line stripes direct parking lot users on how to drive through the parking lot and where specifically to park.
However, over time and with more use of the parking lot, these lines can fade away. Consistent maintenance requires that they are regularly “re-striped” so they are easy to read for clients, customers, and others.
Fading is mainly caused by use, with the rate of fading determined by the level of traffic and “wear & tear” on the lines. Parking lots with high traffic fade faster.
Other factors that affect the rate of fading are environmental factors such as exposure to the sun, weather elements, snow melt chemicals, and the quality of line striping paint.
Line Striping Functions
Why is maintaining line stripes in parking lots so important?
Parking lot line striping serves two primary functions:
1. Direction arrows and parking lines help direct traffic in an orderly manner so that people know where to drive and park.
2. Well maintained line stripes look good and leave a positive first impression for the people who use the parking lot.
Ensuring the lines are always visible and in good condition is an effective way for property owners and managers to show just how well the property is maintained.
An additional benefit of proper line stripping is aesthetic: clearly colored lines that make it easy for a driver to find a parking spot and properly park his/her car boosts the property’s curb appeal, and in the process, the overall impression of the businesses served by the parking lot.
Line Striping Fading
What happens when the striping lines fade away?
Since line striping lines improve the aesthetic value of the parking lot, the first casualty of faded parking and direction lines is the negative perception created for the public.
When driving lanes or parking space markings are hard to see, parking lot users can get frustrated even before they step out of their cars. This frustration can be transferred to the businesses served by the parking lot.
A diligent property manager or property owner cannot afford to have customers and tenants parking in erratically, this is just not good for business.
A business parking lot without clear line striping will not be properly organized and space that could be put to good use will be wasted.
Just like a road without markings, a parking lot without well-defined lines increases the chances of an accident, higher incidences of customer dissatisfaction and possibly business liabilities.
Line Striping and ADA Responsibilities
People with disabilities, in particular, could have a difficult time making use of the lot if handicapped spaces are not clearly defined.
Along with ADA requirements, fire departments have guidelines which encourage the colors on parking lot stripping lines be vibrant and clearly visible.
For tips on planning, paint, and measurement, check out our post, “Line Striping: Guidelines for Line Striping the Right Way”
Line Striping Remedy
How to remedy the fading of parking lot stripping lines?
There is little that property managers can do to reduce the fading of stripping lines in a parking lot. The best they can do is to ensure that the lot is always properly cleaned and well maintained to get rid of dirt, debris, tire marks, and other elements that may obstruct the visibility of the lines.
Experts recommend that parking lot line striping lines on a busy parking lot be re-striped at least once every 12 to 24 months and on less busy lots up to 48 months. This is necessary and should be considered a recurrent property maintenance expense.
As you can see, the line stripes in a business property parking lot play a huge role in creating a good first impression about the property and the businesses it serves.
Regular re-striping fading lines will restore the aesthetics improve the confidence customers and tenants enjoy with property managers and the businesses that the lot serves.
Need your parking lot “re-striped”? Call C & L Services at 732-886-1940 to discuss the scope and logistics for your parking lot line striping.