Whether you are a new business or an existing business looking to resurface your parking lot, one of the most important things you can do in a commercial parking lot is line striped. When you line stripe your commercial parking lot, there are certain spaces that need to be marked for safety and organization.
Why Line Stripe Your Commercial Parking Lot
You may think this is an unnecessary cost, but if someone is hurt in your parking lot, you could be found liable for damages. If there is an accident or someone claims that they were not able to make out the spaces in the parking lot while doing business with your company, a court may find you responsible for damages.
When you line stripe your property, you are staying compliant with any local ordinances regarding commercial parking lots. Depending on where your business is located, you will need to abide by any posted city or country regulations. The curb appeal is also a great reason to line stripe your parking lot. It gives the impression that you care about your customers and how you are presented to the public.
Types of Line Stripes
When you decide to move forward with line stripes in the commercial parking lot, there are a few that you will come across and need to add to the plans for the parking lot.
1. Handicap-accessible parking spaces
These spaces are required in all parking lots. It is essential that they have the appropriate space for parking, marked as a handicap with the national symbol, and also have extended space beyond the doors so that it is safe to exit the vehicle with wheelchairs and walkers.
2. Turning lanes
If your parking lot exits out to a highway where you can only go left or right, then you need to have turning lanes available for both directions. The opening should be large enough to accommodate cars turning into the parking lot while others are waiting to exit in either direction.
3. Pedestrian crosswalks
When your customers want to come into the building or exit, they need a designated area to get back to the parking lot. When you add a pedestrian crosswalk, drivers in the parking are held liable for giving these customers the right of way when walking. As long as the pedestrians are adhering to the crosswalk and the drivers, you reduce your risk for liability.
4. Fire lanes
In the event of an emergency, there needs to be a space for emergency vehicles to utilize. This is why you need to have enough space from the front of your building to the parking area for a fire lane. There is no parking in this lane, but it gives emergency personnel direct access to the emergency in question.
Should I Line Stripe My Commercial Parking Lot?
If you have a parking lot that has faded lines or no lines at all, it is time to line stripe the parking lot. Our commercial paving company in Jenkintown, PA offers high quality line striping for your parking lot. Contact us today for more information.