Parking Lot Striping
As the property manager of a commercial building, you are responsible for addressing any preventative maintenance issues to ensure your property’s safety and visual curb appeal. However, parking lot maintenance, including parking lot striping, is not often at the top of the priority list for many commercial properties. Other than snow removal services during the winter, when was the last time your parking lot was maintained?
With continuous usage by patrons, vendors, and employees, this will result in wear and tear on your parking lot’s asphalt. Eventually, this creates safety hazards and general unattractive conditions in areas that should be welcoming to staff and visitors alike. There are several reasons why parking lot striping should be moved up that list.
Striping Improves Curb Appeal
It may not seem like it, but your parking lot is responsible for making the first impression on clients, visitors, and employees. If your striping has faded or completely disappeared, the lot will look old and worn out. This can be a real turn-off to customers who will assume you don’t take care of your business.
The contrast of the black pavement against the crisp white, blue, or yellow lines found on most parking lot markings makes quite a statement. A freshly striped parking lot helps maintain your commercial property curb appeal and sets you apart from places with old, faded striping.
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Traffic Flow and Safety
Line striping is an essential part of parking lot safety. Well-defined lines, such as crosswalks, ensure that drivers and pedestrians watch out for each other to get to their destination without injury. The goal is to have a clearly defined visual message for drivers and pedestrians. In the event someone is injured due to faded parking lot stripes, as the property manager, you can be held liable for their injuries. You could be responsible for paying medical bills, lost wages, lost earning capacity, and emotional trauma. When you take care of your asphalt parking lot, it reduces your liability so you can continue running your business.
Pavement markings such as arrows and stop lines are essential in directing the flow of one-way traffic. They limit driver confusion that may lead to traffic jams and ultimately agitated visitors who may bypass your property in the future to avoid the parking headache.
Handicapped Spacing and Access
To be legally functional, every parking lot has to follow specific guidelines. Depending on how large or small your lot is, there has to be a certain amount of marked handicapped spaces available for disabled drivers. Striping parking lot spaces to ensure compliance keeps your property out of any potential legal battles and ensures the safety of those with disabilities that frequent your property. Color and visibility also play a significant role in legal requirements, as do proper signage and functionality of the entire system.
Whether you’re looking to enhance the aesthetics of your property, maintain compliance, or improve the flow of traffic and safety of your commercial parking lot, it is essential to include parking lot striping in your maintenance plan.
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