What is Striping?
Striping is the collective name for all of the pavement markings applied to a parking lot and roadway. Striping consists of the lines that delineate lanes and parking spaces, the stencils, arrows, and stop bars that dictate traffic flow, and any other paint that is applied directly to the surface, such as the painting of speed bumps
Why is Striping Important?
Striping is important because it defines the usable driving and parking areas on a property. Drivers use the striping to determine where they can and cannot drive as well as what direction they can drive in. In addition, striping helps determine the boundaries of the parking areas. The goal of striping is to effectively maximize the number of parking spaces with the most efficient layout possible, while still adhering to any guidelines set forth by the governing agency of the property
How is Striping Performed?
Striping is performed using DOT approved paint with very specific materials specifications set forth for increased visibility and durability. The colors of the pavement markings are also predetermined by the governing body. The paint is either applied by hand using brushes or rollers, or via a striping machine. Striping machines come in two types: walk-behind, or ride-on, similar to a lawn-mower. Tanks attached to the machine hold the paint which then runs through a hose to a nozzle set to spray a specified width on the ground. This allows for precise and even application according to the parking lot’s layout. The striping crew also utilizes a multitude of standard and customized stencils which can be adjusted to fit the parking lot or roadway’s needs.
Striping is most commonly performed on freshly paved or sealcoated asphalt once it has cured. If there is a new layout or a change to an existing layout, sometimes the current striping configuration must be blacked out, or in extreme cases, water-blasted, prior to re-striping