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Line Painting a Parking Lot or a Parking Garage What are the Differences?

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Many of our clients ask us what the differences are when it comes to painting an outdoor parking lot versus an indoor parking garage. Many people think that both types of line markings are the same, but in fact they are very different.

The fact of the matter is, an outdoor parking lot and a parking garage have different levels of lighting, and require different considerations when being painted because of their surfaces and their ventilation. The highly-trained parking lot painting experts at EverLine Coatings and Services alter their approach for each so that they can deliver the quality results our clients have come to expect.

In this article, we’ll cover the differences in painting the two types of parking areas, and what they mean to your business so you can better understand the parking lot striping process. Whether you have an indoor parking garage or an outdoor parking lot on your property, we can paint quality markings with our TBL Durables product that will look great and last a long time!

How do Different Surfaces Affect the Line Painting Process?

Not all surfaces are the same! Given that outdoor parking lots and indoor parking garages have very different surfaces, the expert crews at EverLine need to take a different approach to paint line-markings accordingly.

Outdoor Parking Lot Surfaces

Most outdoor parking lots have an asphalt surface. As most people know, asphalt has a rougher, more porous finish that makes it difficult for most regular paints to bond to. It’s also prone to expansion and contraction under extreme fluctuations in temperature.

Because of this, parking lot marking paint needs to be compliant enough to bond to a rougher surface and have the elasticity to expand and contract with the pavement.

Indoor Parking Garage Surfaces

Most indoor parking garages have a smooth concrete finish as its parking surface. Given that these surfaces are indoors, they do not experience the same fluctuations in temperature that outdoor parking lots do. Although parking garage marking paint doesn’t need the same levels of elasticity, the paint needs to be able to bond to a smoother surface in order to have a longer lifespan and continue to look great for years to come.

Our TBL Durables Parking Lot Marking Paint

At EverLine, we have our exclusive TBL Durables paint product for painting outdoor asphalt applications. This is the best parking lot paint product available, it has much better longevity than other paint products. It will outlast many other traditional oil-based paints and is better for the environment; it’s a win-win!

The EverLast Indoor Line Painting System

For indoor applications, we paint lines using our EverLast system. These lines will bond to the smoother concrete surface, ensure a good level of visibility, and make it easy to clean for indoor parking garage applications.

Regardless of what kind of surface you are going to be painting parking lot line-markings on, the highly-trained line painting experts at EverLine Coatings and Services are able to create quality markings that will look great for years to come!

What Considerations Need to be made in Regards to Lighting with Parking Lot Lines?

Inside of a parking garage

Another thing that needs to be considered is the differences in lighting with outdoor parking lot lines and parking garage lines. Indoor parking garages tend to have ample lighting and visibility at all times of the day, whereas outdoor parking lots are lit by street lights at night and line visibility can be poor.

Outdoor Parking Lot Lighting

Most industry-standard line paints look great during the day when outdoor parking lots are illuminated by the sun, but they tend to lack the visibility needed to keep a parking lot safe at night. If motorists are unable to see parking lot lines, they’re more likely to park where they are not supposed to or worse, get into an accident because they didn’t see something.

Our TBL Durables is the best reflective parking lot paint on the market. It is reflective under any kind of lighting and will stand out when illuminated. These markings are a great way to improve the visibility of your parking lot lines and improve the safety and efficiency of your outdoor parking lot at night.

We highly recommend our TBL Durables paint product for your outdoor parking lot markings to ensure that motorists and pedestrians are able to see them at night.

Indoor Parking Garage Lighting

When it comes to parking garage marking paint, we need to take into account a different set of important considerations. Indoor parking garages have no natural lighting. They have relatively flat lighting thanks to the interior lights that illuminate them. With this in mind, we need to ensure that the lines are prominent and visible for a consistently low light application. When glass beads are added to our TBL durables paint product, the end result is a reflective parking lot paint that will stand out to motorists and ensure the visibility in any lighting conditions. It’s truly the best parking lot paint available on the market!

The line painting experts at EverLine Coatings and Services have years of experience painting indoor parking garage lines and can create a line painting solution that will help motorists park with ease in your indoor parking garage. We do an extensive amount of planning to ensure your lines are visible, laid out safely, and that we work to maximize parking efficiency.

Outdoor Parking Lot Lines Need to Withstand Temperature Fluctuations and Weather

A Yellow Volkswagen in a Parking Lot

Most indoor parking garages are heated in the wintertime. As such, they do not see the same amount of temperature fluctuation as an outdoor parking lot would. In Canada, we see temperatures as high as 40 degrees Celsius in the summer and as low as negative 40 in the wintertime. That’s a pretty significant fluctuation in temperature if you ask us! As a result you will need a paint that will handle those temperature fluctuations.

Given that pavement will expand and contract with temperature fluctuations and that rain and the elements can wash away paint over time, indoor parking lots and their line-markings are much more protected from the elements than those on an outdoor parking lot.

This is what makes our exclusive TBL Durables paint product so great. It’s been tried and tested through many Canadian winters and has been proven to outlast rain, snow, and all kinds of bad weather. It can withstand years of harsh weather from our Canadian climate and has been proven to be the most cost-effective solution for outdoor parking lot line-markings. If you want to invest in high-quality line-markings that will stand the test of time here in the great white north, then having the line painting experts at EverLine Coatings and Services apply markings with our TBL Durables paint product is the best option for your business.

EverLine is Here to Help with all of your Line Painting Needs

If you want to keep your property and motorists safe, it’s time to invest in good quality road markings for your outdoor parking lot or parking garage. Remember, collisions and accidents can cost you money and increase your insurance premiums. Investing in safe driving with visible line-markings that will last on your parking lot or indoor parking garage is the best way to save money. For all of your parking lot striping and road safety needs, the parking lot experts at EverLine Coatings and Services are here to help.

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