Wheel stops are an important element to any parking lot. They keep cars from hitting signs, walls, curbs or even other cars. There are generally two types of wheel stop that we install. Here in the Dallas, TX area, wheel stops are typically 72” long – long enough for both front or rear wheels of a vehicle to touch the wheel stop. C & D Commercial Services has been installing wheel stops in parking lots in the DFW area since 1981.
Concrete Wheel Stops
The benefits of concrete wheel stops are the most economical and the most common. They are attached to the parking lot either by rebar or epoxy. They can also be painted for aesthetics or functional purposes if desired. We can install these wheel stops on both concrete or asphalt and in parking lots or parking garages. The main disadvantages to concrete wheel stops is their durability. Over time, they can crack down the middle from cars tires constantly bumping them. Concrete wheel stops are sometimes painted as part of a parking lot striping project. If concrete wheel stops are painted, they will need to be re-painted frequently in order to look good.
Plastic Wheel Stops
Plastic wheel stops are more expensive than concrete wheel stops, however, their advantage is they look better and are more durable. plastic wheel stops come pre-colored from the manufacturer. They are manufactured with a dye that colors it all the way through so the color will not wear off over time and they don’t scuff as much as their concrete counterparts. We usually install these wheel stops with concrete anchors or epoxy. You can also buy wheel stops made from recycled plastic, these are useful if you are managing a building with a LEED certification. Right: plastic wheel stop from Barco Products.
Installing Wheel Stops in Parking Garages
When installing wheel stops in parking garages, you will need to consider how you want them attached to the concrete. They can be attached either by anchor or epoxy. Anchoring them will insure that they will not move over time. Once installed, they are effectively permanent. Installing wheel stops with epoxy is effective but over time, they will come loose and must be reattached.
Epoxy is the most cost-effectively way to install wheel stops in a parking garage because of post-tension cables. These cables give the suspended concrete its strength and must be located with specialized equipment and marked prior to making any holes in the concrete. The cost of locating the cables makes it much more expensive to anchor wheel stops into a parking garage.