When the snow melts, you may be left with faded pavement markings. Not only do faded parking lot stripes suggest neglect, but they also affect driving safety for you, employees, and clients. For large parking lots, it’s important to have painted arrows on pavement to clearly mark the flow of traffic. Parking spaces also need to be clearly outlined to prevent door dings. As a property owner, it’s also your responsibility to make sure loading areas and fire lanes are clearly marked. Our blog post will help you prepare pavement for parking lot striping so you’ll be ready before your asphalt pavement contractor arrives.

Inspect Parking Lot for Damage

To ensure the best parking lot striping, you’ll need to repair asphalt potholes and cracks. We also recommend you have sealcoating applied to the surface of your asphalt parking lot to prevent damage from UV rays, rain, snow, and automobile fluids. Remove any obstructions from your parking lot that could prevent an asphalt contractor from being able to do their job.

Arrange for Parking at Another Location

The day the contractor comes to paint your parking lot lines, you’ll need to arrange for parking elsewhere. Make sure you alert your employees, clients, or tenants to the change in parking ahead of time as all vehicles will need to be removed from the lot before striping can begin. The parking lot paint will need to dry for about an hour before people can park in the lot. Signs should also be put up to direct pedestrians to your building so they don’t accidently walk over wet pavement paint.

Sweep Away Dirt and Other Debris

It’s not uncommon for parking lots to be filled with dirt, rocks, gravel, or even trash after the snow melts. To get your pavement ready for parking lot striping, you might need to have it professionally swept. If you are unsure whether sweeping is necessary, we recommend consulting with your asphalt pavement marking contractor. Before any paint is applied, the asphalt surface will also need to be power washed.

Turn Off Sprinkler System

Before paint can be applied to your parking lot, you’ll need to make sure it’s completely dry. If you have a sprinkler system on your commercial property, you’ll need to make sure you turn it off. We recommend turning off your sprinkler system 12 hours before a professional comes through to paint your pavement.

If your parking lot is shaded by trees or if the striping is scheduled for a cool day, you’ll want to adjust this time frame to 24 hours. Any water on your asphalt surface needs to be given plenty of time to evaporate before work can begin.

Hire an Experienced Parking Lot Striping Contractor

A professional pavement marking contractor will be able to work efficiently so you can get your parking lot operational as soon as possible. They should also advise you on what needs to be done before they can paint parking lot lines and markings. Make sure your contractor has experience with commercial parking lots so you can expect the best results for your money. You can count on a professional to know how to paint parking spaces that will increase the safety of your lot.

If you are interested in our asphalt line striping and pavement marking services, please feel free to call our Michigan asphalt contractors. Allied Construction is proud to provide services for Clarkston, Brighton/Howell, Milford, Lapeer, and all of Southeastern Michigan.