Wheel stops are used to prevent a vehicle from rolling into the next parking space or out of the boundaries of the parking space. Wheel stops help improve safety and prevent property damage. When you are looking to install wheel stops in your parking lot, you will often have the choice of rubber or concrete wheel stops. In some cases you may find plastic wheel stops but these are not long lasting. For quality wheel stops the best choice is either the rubber or concrete wheel stops. Andersen Asphalt & Striping will share the pros and cons of both concrete and rubber wheel stops to help you pick the right wheel stop for your parking lot.
What are Wheel Stops?
Wheel stops are also known as parking blocks, wheel stoppers, curb stops and tire stoppers. Wheel stops are found in many types of parking lots. A wheel stop is placed directly at the head of each parking spot. Wheel stops are most often used when the parking space faces another parking space, a pedestrian walk way, or when the parking space is facing an edge or other hazards. A wheel stop acts as a barrier to prevent harm or damages. Wheel stops are mostly made of concrete but are also made with other materials such as rubber, plastic, and steel.
Longevity of Rubber & Concrete Wheel Stops
Both rubber and concrete can last for a very long time. However out of the two, the concrete wheel stop will last the longest. Concrete can more easily resist the sun and water as compared to rubber. If you need wheel stops in an outdoor parking lot and you want them to last as long as possible, concrete wheel stops would be the better choice. If there is a covered parking lot or a parking garage, rubber will last a long time as they are out of the sun and rain.
How Do You Install a Rubber or Concrete Wheel Stops
Both concrete and rubber wheel stops are pre-casted and are ready to be installed. When installing wheel stoppers, holes will need to be drilled into the asphalt and then they are anchored into the asphalt and into the ground. When it comes to installing rubber wheel stops, they are basically the same. However, one of the considerations of concrete or rubber wheel stops is weight. Ground level parking lots often do not have to worry about weight. However multi-story parking garages do have to consider weight. Wheel stops are essential in some sections of a parking garage. When installing wheel stops inside a parking garage, rubber is the better choice. Rubber wheel stops only weigh about 30 pounds where concrete wheel stops can weigh up to 100 pounds each. A rubber wheel stop can save the parking garage 70 pounds for every wheel stop that is needed.
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Depending on whether you have an exposed parking lot, a parking garage or you are worried about cost, you can find concrete or rubber wheel stops with Andersen Asphalt & Striping. For quality wheel stops, slowing devices, striping, asphalt repair and installation services, contact Andersen Asphalt & Striping today.