If you’re striping a lot for the first time, it’s recommended you hire a professional striping company. Though you can likely lay lines and paint pretty spots, designing a parking lot is a blend of engineering, difficult decisions, and a lot of math.
An amateur new stripe layout can cause traffic jams, poor lot layout, and at the worst can cause fenders benders that will get blamed on the lot owner. A professional will lay out your lot for optimal flow and to maximize space.
If you have a small lot with low traffic and want to stripe it yourself, use the following tips:
You’ll need to make many choices on your layout, even for a small lot. Think about your space and traffic to help decide what type of parking stalls you want including 90-degree spots, 45-60-degree diagonal spots (best used for one ways) or parallel spots.
ADA Guidelines differ by jurisdiction and state. Call your local jurisdiction to know exactly what you need to for ADA compliance for accessible parking.
Pavement striping paint can be water based or oil / solvent based. Oil and solvent-based paints tend to last longer, work better in colder environments, and are more durable than water based striping paint. On the other side, oil-based based paints are more expensive, harder to clean if you’re ready for a re-stripe, and are not environmentally friendly.
Water based paint is more affordable, more environmentally friendly, and dries faster than oil-based paint but won’t last as long and can freeze in chip in extreme cold.
You need to balance your needs and budget to help decide which type of paint is right for you.
Striping provides safety and organization for your lot but can be difficult to perform by yourself. Use professionals for lot design, use the tips above if you’re striping your own lot, and take proper preparation tips when re-striping. Bright, properly laid out stripes makes for happy drivers.