Line Striping: Guidelines for Line Striping the Right Way

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A line striping machine and some paint may be all that is required to paint straight functional lines fast, easily, and without breaking the bank.

However, before you begin line striping, you must understand that there are rules and regulations as well as good practices you must follow.

Here is a general overview of the most important considerations you must have at your fingertips to stripe lines the right way.

Line Striping Planning – Layout plan, types of lines, and surface types

There are three types of stripes: new layout stripes, restripes, and resurfaced restripes. Typically, parking stripes measure 4 inches wide and are between 15 and 18 feet long. Professional line striping companies plan the layout for which three types of lines are needed and then determine the edges of each layout before striping begins.

There is an old saying in the field of carpentry that is just as important for line striping, “measure twice, cut once”.  This old saying highlights the importance of careful planning before you begin your line striping project.

Line Striping Paint – Selecting the right paint

Your choice of paint largely determines the quality of line striping. To select the right type of paint, you should be familiar with the types of paint you can use as well as the suitability of each type. There are generally two types of line striping paint:

1. Oil-based Alykd paint which is used for restripes and for new layouts.

2. Latex paint that is commonly used for resurfaced lots although it serves just fine when used for new layouts and restriping.

While striping lines, a new line requires two coats that are 15 mils thick. The first coat seals the asphalt while the second coat is applied to get the millage once the initial coat is dried.

Line Striping Measurements – Determining the type of parking stalls

There are three general types of parking stalls: straight in parking angled at 90 degrees, angled parking that can be 45 or 60 degrees, and parallel parking stalls that are angled at 90 degrees but are parallel to a border with perpendicular lines.

Typical stalls need a minimum of 22 feet aisles between stalls although 24 feet is recommended. For angle parking, a minimum of 16 feet aisle is required between stalls while a minimum of 12 feet aisle is required for one-way parallel parking and 22 feet for two-way traffic parallel parking.

The sizes of the stalls depend on their intended use. Typical parking stalls measure 9 by 18 feet although this may vary depending on the zoning regulations of your city.

The handicap stalls measure a minimum of 8 feet with an access way that is at least 5 feet wide. Also, for this type of stall, different cities have different requirements that must be followed. The compact stalls measure 7.5 by 15 feet or 8.5 by 16 feet subject to city guidelines.  Take the time to check your municipality’s guidelines before you install your handicapped striping.

Line Striping Execution – Planning for the elements and meeting ADA requirements

The American with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law in July 1990 and became effective in July 1992. Section 4.6 of the act specifies the minimum number of disabled accessible spaces as well as the minimum measurements and signage requirements for line striping projects.

To stripe lines the right way, you must leave ADA van space at the end row with upright signage on the pavement as well as the surface. The overhangs must be a minimum of two feet although 3 feet is the optimum and there must be reasonable variances where there are sidewalks, curbs, and signage.

Line Striping Obstacles – Verifying curbs, wheel stops, and bollards

It is very important that you verify the lot layout before you begin line striping to avoid making costly mistakes. In most cases, initial dimensions may be off when you get to the end, and this can be very costly if proper planning is not done.

This is why it is recommended that you measure twice and verify before striping (measure twice, cut once). The curbs, bollards, and wheel stops must be marked before striping and all the wheel stops properly striped if not yet installed.

Professional Line Striping

Do you have a parking lot that needs a stripe refresh?  Or perhaps a new parking lot needing a striping plan?  Give us a call, 732-886-1940.  We are line striping experts and we will get you parking lot properly striped and looking great.

Parking Lot Seal Coating – If You Read One Article About Parking Lot Seal Coating, Read This One

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As a property owner you understand the need for keeping your property looking presentable, including your parking lot.

The parking lot is one of the most visual elements of the property, in some cases representing two to five times the area of the structures on the property. If this area is worn, gray and filled with cracks, it makes a poor first impression.

Certainly, taking care of the parking lot is not always easy, however parking lot seal coating can be a worthwhile investment, improving both the visual appeal and preserving the life of the parking lot.

Chemicals, sun, and general use can speed up the aging of asphalt surfaces. This is why parking lot seal coating is an important step to protecting your investment in an asphalt parking lot.

Parking Lot Seal Coating – Bringing Back The “New”

Parking lot seal coating improves the look and curb appeal of asphalt parking lot. Unfortunately, you don’t get a second chance to make a good first impression, so a professional seal coating improves curb appeal and perception of value.

Asphalt is mostly made up of a variety of materials (sand, gravel, ground rubber and sometimes crushed glass) which held together by a sticky, glue like substance called bitumen.

Bitumen is a naturally occurring by product of petroleum distillation and gives asphalt pavement its black appearance. Bitumen does deteriorate over time and loses that “new” dark appearance by turning grey. A rich finish of sealcoat brings back the “new” appearance and accentuates the overall look of the parking lot.

Parking Lot Seal Coating – Protection As Well As Looks

Parking lot seal coating also protects the asphalt from deterioration due to sunlight UV rays, chemicals and water penetration.

When harmful elements like snow, sun and rain come in contact with your parking lot, the pavement begins to fade, deteriorate and become brittle. This in turn causes the pavement to be overly brittle in cold weather or too soft in warm weather.

Unavoidable contaminants such as brake or transmission fluids, grease and motor oil drip onto the asphalt, causing weak spots and stains. To minimize this type of damage to your asphalt parking lot, think about scheduling a parking lot seal coating into your parking lot maintenance program.

Parking Lot Seal Coating – Extending The Life of Your Investment

Parking lot seal coating extends the average life of pavement by 50 to 100%, potentially doubling the life and reducing the need for costly repair. A regular seal coating can actually double the life of the asphalt pavement.

Proper installation of the parking lot pavement requires these basic standards:

  • subgrade is compacted and sound
  • appropriate base material is compacted and placed correctly
  • appropriate thickness of hot material is compacted and placed correctly

Assuming the asphalt pavement was designed and installed properly, seal coating will certainly extend the parking lot pavement life by safeguarding the asphalt binder from oxidation and slowing the unavoidable deterioration.

Parking Lot Seal Coating – Protection from Water Intrusion

Water intrusion is considered to be one of the main reasons for asphalt failure (especially in “freeze/thaw” regions) Since asphalt is porous, water can penetrate through cracks and because of the freeze/thaw cycle, enlarge cracks leading to asphalt failure. Seal coat has water repelling agents that minimize this type of damage.

All in all, regular seal coating is indispensable to extending your parking lot life, preventing premature failure, and making your parking lot look more attractive and appealing.

Need to breath some “life” into your parking lot?  Time to spruce up the look of your parking lot?  Call C & L General Services at 732-886-1940 and let us discuss your parking lot seal coating needs.

Crack Filling – How to Tell the Right Companies that Excel at Filling Asphalt Cracks from Those That Don’t

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Asphalt paving is one of the most valuable investments you can make to your parking lot, and as such, it is well worth protecting.

Over time, you will need to do a little patching and sealing here and there as weather and use takes a toll on the initial paving.

Just as with the original construction, asphalt crack filling needs to be done properly to seal the asphalt effectively. This will not only save you money in the long run but also prolong the life of the pavement.

When the time to fill up cracks on the paving comes, it is vital that you take the time to find the right contractor who will go the extra mile to ensure that the job is done right and professionally the first time.

The big question is, how can you tell the difference between a company that excels at crack filling and those that do not? Here are a few pointers you need to have at your fingertips as you begin the search.

Crack Filling Companies – Dedicated Maintenance Companies are Your Best Bet

To save time searching and avoid taking risks with questionable companies, we recommend that you contract crack filling companies that have a dedicated asphalt experts who have the experience to seal cracks effectively on your parking lot.

Some companies offer crack filling as an extra service—a side job that they assign the least experienced members of their team. If you value your parking lot and want the job done right, you need to find a company that offers asphalt crack filling as part of their professional services.

Crack Filling – Check the Materials the Company Uses

When it comes to asphalt, the quality of materials used has a direct impact on how well cracks will be filled and whether you will be spending more money on refilling the same cracks within a couple of months.

A company that is passionate about providing quality service to its customers uses quality materials that guarantee that the same cracks will not require filling within a short period.

Avoid companies that use cheap materials that deteriorate quickly, it will be costly to keep refilling the same cracks on your parking lot every year.

Crack Filling Requires Proper Planning and Preparation

If you hire a contractor who spends 1/2 hour pouring filler into cracks and demands payment, you will be left with a mess.

A company that sends down an expert to fill the cracks understands the importance of planning and preparation. This may including cleaning the cracked surface, removing soil and debris from the cracks, and selecting the right filler to minimize color mismatch.

As you shop around for such a company, be sure to choose a company that emphasizes proper planning and preparation rather than just scheduling a crack filling pour.

Crack Filling – The Need for Precision During Filling

When filling cracks on asphalt surfaces, precision is imperative to producing desirable results.

If you go for a company that rushes through the project, it’s likely that the crack will re-open after a short time.

Before hiring a contractor, emphasize the need for precision during filling so the cracks are sealed (this is the required outcome for the project!).

Filling asphalt cracks is not a simple and straightforward task, which is why there are dedicated companies that have experienced and passionate experts who know how to do it.

Avoid wasting money, wasting time, and prolong the life of your parking lot by selected the right paving company to fill any cracks.

Are we that company?  Give us a call and allow us to plan, prepare and expertly fulfill your parking lot crack filling needs. For asphalt crack filling, call C & L Services at 732-886-1940.