How to Evaluate a Striping Bid
Before taking the lowest bid on your next striping project, look a little deeper into what value you are getting from each bidder.
What Kind of Striping Paint Will Be Used?
What types of paint does each bidder plan to use? Striping paint prices vary dramatically depending on the quality of paint being used. For instance an acrylic oil-based paint paint looks better and lasts much longer than water-based or chlorinated rubber paint. If you have an asphalt parking lot and a small budget, then paint may not matter as much. However, if you have a parking lot where you need to make a good impression to tenants and customers and/or you want a long-lasting striping job, you will want to make sure your contractor is using a paint that is up to your standards.
Will the Surface be Prepped Prior to Striping?
Does the bid include prepping the surface of the existing paint or pavement before putting the new striping paint down? This is huge. If a contractor shoots striping lines on a dirty surface, the new paint will not last very long because it doesn’t properly bond to the surface. This paint will start chipping prematurely. You won’t have to drive far to see a parking lot with lots of chipping and peeling paint. This is most often caused by a contractor not prepping the surface. While it is less costly for a contractor to just come out, shoot the lines and leave than it is to prep the surface ahead of time, it will cost you more money in the long run because your parking lot will need to be re-striped much sooner.
Schedule – Can the Work Be Performed with Minimal Interference to Your Tenants?
When does each bidder plan on doing the work and when do you need the work performed? Make sure the bidder is available to do the work when you need it performed with minimal interference to the tenants of the property. For instance, you may need the work done at night or over the weekend. Do your bidders work those hours? Or you may need the job done in one or two nights. Do your bidders have a large enough crew to get the job done quickly?
Reputation and Experience of the Striping Contractor
Be sure to check out your bidder online. Do they have lots of negative reviews? Do they have a legitimate company or is this a part-time job for them? Do they have experience or did they buy their first striping machine a few months ago? Be sure to ask whether your contractor has completed similar projects in the past and be sure to ask for photos of prior work and some references. Make sure you hire someone who knows what they’re doing and is going to give you the maximum value in return for the money you are paying them.
C & D has been performing parking lot and parking garage striping services since 1981. Find out more about our striping services here.