OverviewSo, you have just had a beautiful new piece of asphalt pavement laid down out in front of your new business to serve as a parking lot. With the asphalt cured, you are ready to open your doors, right? Not so fast – before you can open your business to the consumer public, you are first going to need to have marking complete on the lot. The process of lot marking is an important one as the design that you lay out on the lot is going to dictate the flow of traffic as people come and go from your business. Before you even think about marking, however, you do want to think about the condition of your lot. Of course, if are dealing with a brand new lot as stated above, you won’t have any concerns on this point – your lot should be ready for marking. However, if you are taking over an old lot, or you need to have your old lot remarked after years of the lines wearing down, the surface is going to need to be examined. It would be a mistake to mark up an entire parking lot only to then have to resurface the lot just a short time later due to structural deficiencies. Check on the condition of your lot with the help of an experienced contractor and then move on to the issue of marking it up properly.
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Why is Marking Important?Lot marking is important for a number of reasons. Obviously, the people arriving at your parking lot are going to need to know where to park, and it is the marking on the pavement that is going to point them in the right direction. A lot without marking would be nothing short of chaos. You want people to have a positive experience from start to finish when they visit your business, and one of the first things they are going to see is your parking lot. If they are able to park easily without any hassle, that will be a small but important positive regarding your business in the eye of the consumer. So, beyond allowing your customers to know where to park, what else is it that makes lot marking so important? Consider the following points –
- Fit a maximum number of vehicles. One of the last things you would want to have happened is for people to have to leave your business without entering because they can’t find a place to park. You likely only have a limited amount of space available for a parking lot, so make that space count with an intelligent marking design. A well-designed parking lot will make it easy for as many vehicles as possible to get in and out without a problem.
- Markings for specific individuals. Does your parking lot need to include spaces for specific people? For instance, if your lot is going to be shared by both employees and potential customers or clients, you will want to have parking stalls marked out for those visitors that you would like to provide with special treatment. Including a few stalls marked for customers right near the front of the building will make sure those visitors aren’t blocked out by employees who chose to park in front of the door.
- ADA compliance. You need to include a specific number of spaces within your lot design to be used by people with disabilities. To comply with the ADA – Americans with Disabilities Act – you need to be sure that you have the proper number of stalls marked out as handicapped-accessible. The appropriate number of stalls for your lot will depend on the capacity and overall size of the lot, so be sure to check in on this point.