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The Bottom Line Is The Better Value

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Being responsible for a single commercial property or a national multi-site portfolio with connected parking areas requires careful attention towards how you want to attract clientele and how you want to invest and save your money. Properties that don’t have the proper line stripes to dictate parking areas may run into more risks than benefits. When considering the best line striping strategies for your next project, look to the following guidelines to help understand the bottom line when creating value through your line striping projects.

If you wanted to know the secret to assure your line striping paint’s long, vibrant life, it’s always recommended to be detailed and deliberate in your preparation.

We Know Paints

The evolution of traffic paint technology has been tried and true. Most industry paving experts prefer a latex-based paint for concrete surfaces rather than oil-based alkyd paints. Alkyd paints aren’t the preferred choice due to its ineffectiveness and due to its hazardous toxic fumes. Especially when working in parking garage environments where the air exchange rate may be less adequate than working in an outdoor parking lot. Besides latex-based paints, there’s also the newer liquid-based thermoplastic paints on the market. Thermoplastic paints are thicker and more durable, and they provide a high level of reflectivity for lowlight conditions. Although this choice of paint does come at a higher price tag, the durability and overall effectiveness is a higher payoff.

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Concrete Stability

If you wanted to know the secret to assure your line striping paint’s long, vibrant life, it’s always recommended to be detailed and deliberate in your preparation. This is true for both your new concrete and your existing well-aged concrete. New concrete should be simple because it’s freshly done, clean, and ready for paint, right? This isn’t always necessarily true. New concrete, while fresh and typically free from contaminants, present its own unique set of requirements. Brand new concrete has a very high pH-level. Your line striping paint won’t adhere to a surface with a pH-level higher than 10, and most concrete cures at a pH-level of 13. Typically, line striping should occur after a 30-day curing period. Although there are different curing compounds used to help increase your concrete’s overall stability during the curing process, it’s definitely not a preferred match to your paint. To get the best concrete foundation possible, seek out a leading paving expert to help you during your project’s process.

Many experts will tell you why a brand of sealer is better than the other, but what they fail to emphasize is the application process.

Seal It with the Finishing Touches

There’s a ton of information on the best methods and materials to use when sealing your pavement. Many experts will tell you why a brand of sealer is better than the other, but what they fail to emphasize is the application process. Regardless of the material used, it’s suggested to use 2-4 pounds of silica sand per gallon of sealant. The sand allows increases in solid content within the liquid and decreases sun glare, increases wear-life, and creates a more slip-resistant surface. The three primary types of asphalt sealers include asphalt emulsion sealers, coal tar sealers, and acrylic sealers. Asphalt emulsion sealers (as the name suggests) are asphalt-based and are notably known as the “environmentally-friendly” alternative to protecting your concrete. However, it is prone to staining caused by oil or gas spillage. Coal tar sealers are the most popular sealer choice because of its weather-resistant qualities while providing a long-lasting shiny finish. Unfortunately, coal tar sealers are known to have an impact on the health of local occupants, as well as harming the environment. Lastly, acrylic sealers are known to be the epitome of what the perfect asphalt sealer should be. Acrylic sealers are easily identifiable due to their varying degrees of colors. However, many professionals don’t typically recommend this choice due to their cost and installation process.

The elements of nature and regular contact with car tires will eventually fade the stripes around your parking lots over time. If you don’t have your striping touched up, the run-down appearance can negatively impact the rest of your business’ appeal and turn away potential customers. Re-striping every so often maintains a crisp and clean appearance that conveys a sense of professionalism. Although numerous materials are available for your next sealcoating and line striping projects, it’s important to partner with a contractor who cares about the application process and stands firmly behind their application approach.

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