Parking Lot Striping

Asphalt pavement is mostly rock and/or stone and gravel, along with a binder. The rock, or aggregate, is held together with this binder known as asphalt cement. Maintaining this binder is essential in prolonging the deterioration of asphalt surfaces. Rain, U.V. rays, and chemicals, as they are introduced into the asphalt, will degrade the binder and thus begin the degradation process of the asphalt. This will continue and create a surface that turns brittle. So, the purpose of asphalt sealcoating is to protect the asphalt pavement and to beautify at the same time. The earlier an asphalt sealer can be applied in the life cycle of asphalt the better.

Selecting the Right Parking Lot Striping Paint

There are several types of traffic paints available for parking lot line striping including water-based acrylics, solvent based alkyd resin paints, solvent based chlorinated rubber and many more. By far the most common paint used for parking lot striping is water based acrylic.

Water-based acrylic line striping paints provide excellent durability, high brightness and visibility, and are environmentally friendly. For these reasons, water-based acrylics are the paint of choice for most parking lots as well as roads and highways. SealMaster offers a full line of premium quality traffic paints for parking lots, roads and highway applications.

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Common Dimensions for Straight and Angled Parking

Dimensions of angle parking spaces. These dimensions are standard for most of the U.S. They are designed to yield a parking space that is 9′ x 18′ with adequate room for maneuvering in and out of the space.

75179′ 4″4′ 6″22
601610′ 4″920
451512′ 7″1519

Handicap Stalls

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires all parking lots, regardless of size, to have the proper amount of handicapped-accessible parking stalls. Requirements include handicap blue and white pavement markings as well as metal handicap signs at each handicapped parking stall. Typical ADA requirements call for one handicapped parking stall per 25 regular parking stalls.

To learn more about the requirements for your area check with the ADA web site. Many state and local governments have their own requirements, which may be more specific or more stringent in some ways.

90° Parking Layout

Single Row & Aisle

Double Row & Aisle

60° Parking Layout

Single Row & One Way Aisle

Double Row & One Way Aisle

45° Parking Layout

Single Row & One Way Aisle

Double Row & One Way Aisle

30° Parking Layout

Single Row & One Way Aisle

Double Row & One Way Aisle

Fire Lanes

Certain zoning laws may require a designated fire lane in front of buildings. Typically, the words “Fire Lane” will be stenciled on to pavement with traffic paint in the designated area. The curb may also be spray painted with fire lane red traffic paint.

SealMaster has a national network of striping professionals that are available to provide parking lot striping services.