Imagine that you are driving to the store to shop. You find two stores that offer the products you need at comparable prices. The first store’s parking lot looks old and ragged. You can barely see the stripes marking the parking spaces, even though the asphalt is extremely faded. You notice puddles of water, but you are not certain whether they represent deep potholes or shallow depressions. You cannot see any markings indicating that the lot is ADA compliant. When you start to enter the lot, you are almost hit by a car exiting the lot through the entrance, but you are not particularly angry with the driver as you notice the directional arrows are so worn that they are almost invisible.
You glance over at the other store. Its parking lot is so clearly marked that you can even see the markings for the fire lane and traffic patterns. The asphalt is rich, smooth and dark.
Which store will receive your business? More importantly, which view will your customers or visitors see when they drive past your parking lot?
There is a saying that you only have one chance to make a good first impression. Your parking lot is typically the first impression that people receive about you. Make sure it is a favorable impression by maintaining your parking lot properly. The benefits can be substantial.
• A well-maintained parking lot can attract customers and instill a greater sense of confidence in them about choosing your business.
• Legible pavement markings can help make your parking lot safer for pedestrians and drivers. When traffic flow, crosswalks and other markings are easy to detect, there will be fewer accidents and close calls.
• Property owners must comply with a variety of regulations to make sure that their lots are ADA-compliant. Local codes may specify markings for fire lanes, no-parking zones and other special areas.
Pavement markings and parking lot striping can be a very cost-effective way to improve the overall appearance of your property. Depending on the factors that are specific to your property, you might need to have your lot restriped every year, or it might need to be restriped less frequently. (As a side note, it is a good idea to have cracks and potholes repaired and your lot sealcoated before you have it striped and marked.)
LDC Paving has extensive experience in all facets of parking lot maintenance, including parking lot repairs, parking lot paving, parking lot striping and signage. We are a full-service asphalt contractor serving greater Houston and surrounding communities. Contact us today by calling 832-640-7296 or ask for a free quotation.