There are two elements of a parking lot: the asphalt and the striping or (paint). Both of these element’s quality is rated or evaluated by its color. You can tell a lot about a parking lot simply by looking at the colors. The color of the asphalt and the quality of the striping are major factors that can determine if the parking lot is due for some major maintenance. Andersen Asphalt & Striping would like to share what the color of a parking can tell us to help you better understand your parking lot’s current needs.
Color of Asphalt Parking Lot
The foundation and primary element of a parking lot is the asphalt. Everyone knows a fresh or brand new asphalt when they see it. New asphalt has a deep black color. The deep black color of the asphalt will not last. As the asphalt ages and is weakened by the UV rays of the sun, that dark black color will turn into a gray. Over time the black asphalt will become a lighter and lighter color of gray. When you see light gray asphalt in your parking lot, it is time for some major maintenance. When the asphalt is a light gray color, you need to have the asphalt sealcoating services done. Sealcoating the asphalt adds a new protective layer of asphalt that will extend the life of the asphalt. Sealcoating uses a binder that is similar to coal tar that has been treated with chemicals. The sealcoating, once completed, will bring back the deep black color, which will lighten up again over time. Sealcoating is an essential maintenance for all asphalt. The signal that it is time for sealcoating is the light gray color of the asphalt.
Parking Lot Striping Colors
The striping or the painting of the parking lot is very essential. The paint markings, or simply the striping, provides safety and guidance for those driving or walking in the parking lot. Like asphalt, UV light can wear down the paint along with all of the traffic. When the paint begins to chip or fade away, it is important to have the striping redone to ensure a safe parking lot. The color of the striping has a great significance and meaning. Below are the four major colors used for parking lot striping and their meaning.
• White – White markings are the designated parking spaces and helps provide an outline of the parking lot.
• Red – Red markings are the “no parking”, standing, or stopping areas. The red lines are for emergency vehicles and also for bus stops.
• Blue – A blue marking designates handicapped parking spaces and service areas.
• Yellow – Yellow markings are primarily used for loading and unloading vehicles, however the driver usually needs to remain inside the vehicle.
When the painted markings fade away, it is important to have a striping service come to your parking. Without the colored markings, drivers and pedestrians will have little to no guidance when navigating through your parking lot. If an accident occurs, you may be held liable.