What You Should Know About Parking Lot Striping

The international markings for a handicapped parking stall in a parking lot.

You have a lot of things to manage when it comes to your business--but does parking lot striping make the list? It certainly should! Today we'll take a closer look at parking lot striping, why it's important, and how to know when it's time to repaint.

Why Does it Matter?

You might think that, in the scheme of things, parking lot striping isn't such a big deal--but the truth is that it plays a massive role in the overall function of your business. Here are just a few reasons why parking lot striping should always be in the back of your mind:

  • first impressions, since prospective customers appreciate an attractive, well-maintained parking lot;

  • safety, helping drivers and pedestrians avoid confusion, frustration, and collisions;

  • and legal requirements, because there are specific regulations for color, visibility, and parking lot signage functionality.

As it turns out, parking lot striping can have a significant impact on your business--which means all those painted lines deserve a little TLC.

What to Know About Striping

Ready to take your parking lot to the next level? Here's everything you need to know about striping!


When should you repaint your parking lot? There are no hard and fast rules, but generally, it's best to look out for red flags like these:

  • bad parking jobs, which are a sign that drivers are having trouble seeing the lines;

  • inappropriately used handicapped spots, suggesting that drivers can't see the specialized markings;

  • and shabby appearance, which is probably the easiest way to notice that it's time for a little updating.


To get a general idea of how much a repainting job will cost, you need to consider a few things:

  • size of the lot,

  • age of the lot,

  • and the type and intensity of the required job.

For example, a parking lot with just a few spaces wouldn't take too long to paint, but a huge parking lot that has just been repaved would need brand-new lines and signage throughout.


Before your paving company begins the painting process, you'll need to arrange alternative parking options and clean the lot. Next, it's time for the experts to rope off the area and use a line striping machine to paint lines onto the asphalt. After that, the finishing touches will be added, including colors and markings that meet legal requirements for parking lot safety.

Want to learn more about pavement TLC? Need to refresh your parking lot striping? Contact us today!

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