Line Striping – The Finishing Touch To Your Shopping Center

Line Striping – Not Top of Mind

line striping attention - sweeping.commHow much attention do people pay to line striping?

Not much, however if there are no lines in the parking lot then people park wherever they want and that gets a lot of attention.

So people don’t think about line striping unless the lines are not there.

And when striping is done properly not only does it restore order to parking (in most cases)  it actually makes the property look attractive and appealing.

Line striping –  Before Your Project...Read This

Do you need parking lines for a new parking lot or do you need to upgrade the lines in an existing parking lot?

If it’s a new parking lot, you’re probably working with new pavement and adding properly laid out lines its just the necessary next step.

However, if you’re upgrading the lines in an existing parking lot, you may want to consider these steps to prepare the surface.

First determine if the pavement needs any repair such as crack filling, pothole repair, curb replacement, bollard and/or curb stop replacement.

Preparing the Parking Lot for Striping

If repairs or maintenance needs to be done to any of these parking lot elements, please get these repairs done first.  

Performing maintenance or repairs on the parking lot after new lines have been painted could result in either rework or damage to the new lines.   Either way, it’s something that can be easily avoided by a quick inspection of the parking lot prior to initiating the line striping project.

If you determine that you need pavement repair,  cracked filling or pothole repair then here are some articles we’ve written that can help you with these areas.

Asphalt Repairs – A Checklist

Crack Filling – What Works and What Doesn’t

Sealcoating – Questions to Ask

Once you have taken care of the maintenance and repair of your parking lot elements, you can now initiate your striping project.

Line striping – The “new lines’ process

As mentioned above if you have a new parking lot then it’s best to go ahead and stripe the lot as soon as possible after pavement has been installed.   

If there’s  a lengthy amount of time (more than a month) between the pavement install and the project, consider having a parking lot sweeper come in to clean the lot before the line striping project.   

With an older parking lot, a sweeping is a standard part of the process to prepare the surface for line striping.

Whether you have an older or newer parking lot, it’s always ideal to have a clean pavement surface for line striping so the stripes adhere fully to the pavement.

Line striping –  The right equipment

There are a wide range of striping machines to paint lines on parking lots.  

From manual machines that are operated by hand to large “ride on” stripers, choose the equipment that will provide the best stripe in for your needs.

The parking lot with 20 stalls  will have much different equipment requirements than the parking lot with 1,200 parking spaces.   This is where your striping contractor can be an excellent resource. 

Verify that your contractor has the equipment needed for the striping project.

Line striping paint

There are generally two types of paint used for striping:

  1. Oil-based Alkyd paint which is used for re-stripes 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 re-striping.

Read more in our article here – line striping fundamentals

Line Striping – The Right Contractor for the Job

C & L Services is a third generation family owned property maintenance company. We have been providing pavement maintenance services to real estate developers, commercial property owners and communities in New Jersey for over forty years.

Our services include pavement maintenance, seal coating, and line striping.

We can give your property the facelift it needs and eliminate potential liability with C&L’s striping and marking services.

If you’re in North Jersey, Contact us at 908-730-7884.  If you’re in Central New Jersey call us at 732-886-1940 to arrange for parking lot line striping.

Line Striping – Last Chance For Linestriping Before Winter

Line Striping Before Winter

line striping winter - sweeping.comNothing lasts forever, and parking lines are no exception. Parking lot line striping is an important form of communication in the world of transportation.

Parking lot line stripes support an organized and orderly parking experience. It is also important to note that line striping cannot be done in the winter, so it is prudent to evaluate your parking lot needs ahead of time.

Time, exposure to harsh weather, chemicals, quality line stripe paint, and overall use of the parking lot, will cause the lines will fade. Parking lot stripes are designed to improve not only the parking organization, but the aesthetic appeal of the lot. So when the lines fade, the first impression could be negative.

Line Striping – Multiple Benefits

More importantly, when the parking lot stripes fade, it makes both navigation and parking difficult.  This not only creates an unsafe environment, drivers also become quite frustrated.

Driving around a parking lot with faded line striping can be an accident waiting to happen. Clearly marked lines direct the flow of traffic, provide easy to see parking spaces, and are pleasing to the eye.

Another important factor of parking lot line striping is the compliance with ADA regulations in regards to the handicapped. A handicapped driver may not be able to make use of the designated spots if it is not clearly marked. One of the unrealized benefits of ADA regulations related to line striping is that the clearly marked parking lot, with vibrant visible colors, creates a reliable access for emergency vehicles such as fire trucks and ambulances.

Line striping a parking lot is more complicated than most people think. However, if your lines need freshening up, or you are marking your parking lot for the first time, there are some practical tips to keep in mind.

1.Line Striping Planning

Start with the layout plan of the area.  What type of stripes needed, and what is the condition surface area for the line striping paint. There are some standard guidelines pertaining to width and length of stripe.

See our article on basic guidelines: Line Striping: Guidelines for Line Striping the Right Way.  Also check to see if your local authorities have specific requirements.

However, keeping the carpentry adage in mind, “measure twice, cut once” is a satisfactory reminder of the importance of planning ahead. Planning ahead also includes making sure the paint gets refreshed before winter.

2. Line Striping Paint – Which Paint to Use?

The type of paint used determines the quality of the lines. Also, there are generally two types of paint that are used.

Oil-based Alkyd Paint . This is used for restripes and new layouts.
Latex Paint is used for resurfaced lots.

3. Line Striping Measurements

There are three general types of parking stalls: straight in parking at 90 degrees, angled parking at 45 or 60 degrees, and parallel parking stalls.

The size of the stalls are created according to their intended use. Though standard stalls, depending on your city’s zoning regulations, are 9 by 18 feet, there is variation due to compact stalls.

Again, check with your municipalities zoning regulations before you finalize to any measurements.

4. Line Striping Regulations – Planning for the ADA Elements

The American with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements came into effect in June, 1992. The law requires a specified amount of handicap spaces, as well as the mandatory minimum parking stall size.

Having vibrant and fresh parking lot striping is important for meeting ADA regulations, safety and aesthetics. Parking lots need to be repainted, on average and according to use, every 24 to 48 months. It is important to plan ahead for maintaining your parking lot linstriping. Always plan in advance so that your parking lot can be at its best for the winter months, when repainting is not an available service.

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.

Line Striping: Never Let Parking Lot Lines Fade Away

Line Striping As A Form Of Communication

line striping fade-sweeping.comLine 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.

Pavement Maintenance: How to Ready Your Pavement for the Spring

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Pavement Maintenance – More Than Just Hosing and Sweeping

pavement maintenance - sweeping.comToo many property managers and business people believe that pavement maintenance is all about cleaning.

However, proper paved surface maintenance goes beyond an occasional hosing and regular sweeping.

To ensure that a high traffic pavement is durable and can provide many years of smooth service, it is a good idea to schedule a complete inspection and restoration of even the tiniest defects, especially before the spring season.

As the weather begins to warm and the snow melts, natural expansion of the elements will have an impact on a pavement, especially just below the surface.

The simple truth is that every business hopes to extend the life of their asphalt driveway, parking lot, or pavement, and while these surfaces need maintenance throughout their lives, here are a few crucial maintenance steps that can be carried out for the transition from winter to spring.

Pavement Maintenance – Step 1

Conduct a thorough inspection of the paved surface.

The problems that occur and can cause very expensive damage on a paved surface are often hidden just below the surface.

There may be tiny cracks that are easy to overlook and obvious signs such as sunken areas that retain tiny pools of water.

Before the spring season sets in, it is important to get an expert to examine the pavement for signs of damage to prevent these issues from getting worse and costing you even more money to repair later.

Pavement Maintenance – Step 2

Hire a professional street cleaning company to do a full cleanup of the surface.

The inspection process often goes hand-in-hand with a thorough cleanup of the pavement or parking lot.

A professional cleaning crew with the right tools will be able to get rid of all the dirt and debris that ordinary sweeping does not even touch.

Therefore, to preserve the smoothness and durability of the surface, get the pavement fully cleaned right before the spring season.  This prevents the unwanted elements from getting stuck in tiny cracks and under the asphalt.

Pavement Maintenance – Step 3

Fill all the cracks and repair the damaged areas before they get worse.

If the company that inspects and cleans the pavement finds any areas that need to be repaired or cracks to be sealed, make sure that they get fixed as soon as possible.

A paved surface is much easier to repair and restore right before the spring season.  If you wait longer, the cracks will grow and blemishes on the surface will turn into eyesores that could cost you much more to repair in the future.

Pavement Maintenance – Step 4

If the paved surface looks gray or worn, conduct a seal coating project.

Seal Coating will make the parking lot look brand new. In fact, we recommended that asphalt is seal coated every three years. This will more than double the life of the pavement.

Seal Coating regularly optimizes safety and allows the pavement to remain structurally sound.

Pavement Maintenance – Step 5

Refresh or replace parking lot line striping.

Fixing your paved surface just before spring will not only give you a peace of mind for the rest of the year, your clients will have confidence in how much care you afford your property and by extension, to them.

To make the newly cleaned and retouched parking lot or driveway look like new, replace any damaged stripping and markings and refresh all essential markings. The winter season is particularly hard on striping, so be sure to include them in your paved surface inspection, cleanup, and repair plans.

Looking for pavement maintenance experts? Call C & L General Services at 732-886-1940.  We’ll be glad to answer your questions and recommend an optimal strategy for your pavement maintenance.

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.

Crack Filling, Line Striping, & Seal Coating: Why are they so important?

Crack Filling, Line Striping, & Seal Coating are important parts of pavement protection. Asphalt will deteriorate over time, causing it to be in need of repairs. In fact, pavement starts to wear down as soon as it is laid. After a year, the dark black color will begin to lighten and the pavement will start to lose its plasticity, causing minor cracks to form. After 5 years of non-maintenance, the asphalt becomes brittle. Crack Filling, Line Striping, & Seal Coating will increase the life of the asphalt. Now, your challenge becomes deciding which service is the best method.

Crack Filling

Cracks form when the pavement begins to oxidize. Asphalt will crack under the following conditions: 

Crack Filling, Line Striping, & Seal Coating
Crack Filling is a part of pavement protection.
  • Tree Roots
  • Installation of drains & sewers
  • Utility Cuts (installation of fiber optics)
  • Extreme Differences in temperature
  • Heavy construction vehicles driving on the surface
  • Fuel & Lubricants
  • Improper Design

Extreme differences in temperature is the most common cause of crack filling. Water seeps underneath the pavement. During the winter, water will freeze and then expand, causing cracks to form. Cracks that are left unfilled, allow even more rain and moisture to seep through. Therefore the pavement erodes and potholes form. Filling cracks on a regular basis will help prevent those problems. It is important to note that sealing is not a crack filling agent. Crack filling should be done prior to seal coating. Also, it is not a final solution. It is merely a temporary solution and will help extend the life of the pavement and prevent major repairs. Out of all three services: Crack Filling, Line Striping, & Seal Coating, crack filling is usually the first step in the process.

Line Striping

Line striping will alleviate chaos by clearly defining the following: parking spots, fire lanes, turning lanes, vehicle lanes, and handicap parking. Furthermore, line striping is aesthetically pleasing and helps provide a positive first impression.While Crack Filling, Line Striping, & Seal Coating are all similar, they are not completely the same. It is important to decide which service you need completed. For example, line striping should be done after the seal coating process has been completed.

Seal Coating

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A Parking Lot After Seal Coating & Line Striping

Seal coating is recommended for pavement that is aging and losing its color. Seal Coating has the following benefits:

  • Fills small, hairline cracks
  • Replenishes asphalt binder
  • Protects against fuels and leaks (acts as a barrier)

The above benefits will in turn reduce maintenance costs, optimize safety, and allow the asphalt to remain structurally sound. Prior to seal coating, the surface must be completely clean. After the process is couple, and both coats of sealant are applied, vehicles must remain off the asphalt in order for the sealant to harden.

Seal coating should be done every three years. This will help maintain the pavement and will more than double the life of the asphalt.

Crack Filling, Line Striping, & Seal Coating: Wrap Up

As stated before, Crack Filling, Line Striping, & Seal Coating are important steps to protecting your pavement. These services increase the life of the asphalt and save you money on more costly, in-depth repairs. Remember, the first impression is formed in the parking lot. Crack Filling, Line Striping, and Seal Coating help provide that coveted first impression.

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