Why Use C & D Commercial Services to Stripe Your Parking Lot
Experience – we’ve been striping parking lots since 1981 and have gained experience with many different types of projects during this time.
Quality – we focus on providing you a good-looking, long lasting product by using superior acrylic paint. We make sure our lines are straight, and overspray is minimal.
Prep – we put an emphasis on prepping the pavement to provide a good surface for the paint to bond to.
Service – we customize each project to your specific needs. We will work around your schedule – usually working on nights or weekends to minimize any disruption to your property.
Our Striping and Pavement Marking Services Include the Following:
- New Construction/New Layout
- Re-Stripe parking areas
- Re-Configure parking areas
- Handicap spaces and ramps
- City code violations (we’ll make you a priority and get out there fast)
- Parking Lots
- Parking Garages
- Fire Lanes
- Parking Stalls
- Pedestrian Crossing
- Loading Zones
- Reserved parking
- EV parking
- Curbs and wheel stops
- Any other signage and paint you need on your pavement
How to Evaluate a Striping Bid
When evaluating bids for parking lot striping, 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.
Why Parking Lot Striping is Important
Parking lot striping can add a lot of value to your property. One of the fastest and most economical ways to give a commercial property a fresh and new look is to re-stripe the parking lot or garage. New, quality paint looks clean and neat and will and provide a good first impression for visitors and potential tenants. Good parking lot striping is also essential for traffic flow and safety. More than 50,000 vehicle accidents are reported each year in parking lots. This can be reduced by providing clear traffic lanes, flow patterns, and keeping a drivers attention with conspicuous signage.
Pavement Should Be Prepped before Striping
Before you have your parking lot re-striped, be sure the contractor included prepping the surface in their bid. Prepping the surface is just as important as striping. If prepping is not done correctly, the paint won’t stick to the parking lot, no matter how high the quality. Before a surface can be striped, it must be clean. If the project is a restripe, any old paint that is going to chip needs to be removed before a new coat of paint is put on top of it. At C & D Commercial Services, we make sure our paint lasts a long time by prepping the parking lot first. C & D will sandblast, power wash or brush (depending on customer budget and goals) all the lines before striping over them, so that the new paint will have a good surface to bond to. We recommend pressure washing the entire parking surface prior to striping to achieve the best look.
New Layout Striping and Pavement Marking
We just completed what we call new layout striping at a parking lot in Dallas, Texas. New layout striping is where parking lines are put down for the first time on a parking lot. They must be measured to make sure the parking stalls are 9′ apart for regular parking spaces and perpendicular to the curb.
In contrast to restriping, where a fresh coat of pavement paint is applied over existing parking lines, new layout striping requires a bit more time to measure the lines, mark them with a chalk line and then apply them with a striping machine. The lines have to be applied a little more slowly to make sure they are straight.
Parking Lot Restoration
On this particular project, the parking lot striping was part of an asphalt parking lot restoration where we came in a fixed a lot of potholes, applied sealcoating and then applied pavement markings. The sealcoating keeps water from penetrating beneath the asphalt and prevents potholes from forming. It also makes the parking lot last longer as long as it is performed on a regular basis. The sealcoat also makes the pavement darker, improving the aesthetics and also increasing the contract between the asphalt and the overlying striping paint. All in all, we turned an old asphalt parking lot with lots of potholes and loose gravel into a smooth, nice, restored parking lot with new paint.
C & D Commercial Services provides sweeping, striping, pressure washing, concrete, sealcoating, caulking and sealcoating services in the Dallas and Fort Worth area. We will be happy to provide you with a quote if you are in need of any of these services.