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What Causes Parking Lot Lines to Fade?

What causes parking lot lines to fade?

For the safety of your staff and customers, your commercial property should have clearly marked parking lines that are easy to spot and simple to navigate for vehicles and pedestrians. Parking lines also enhance your property’s curb appeal, giving customers a positive first impression. 

Old, worn-out parking lot lines are unattractive and make vital areas (like accessible parking, pedestrian walkways, curbs, and loading zones) challenging to identify and properly use

Read on to learn what makes parking lot lines fade and how to prevent fading. 

Why Your Parking Lot Lines Fade So Quickly

What makes parking lot lines fade or disappear? 

The Amount of Traffic Your Parking Lot Gets

Wear and tear from a parking lot with high traffic is one of the primary reasons parking lot lines fade. Paint is impacted by the friction of tires driving across it daily—particularly during the winter. If winters are busy for your business, expect to do some extra maintenance on your parking lot each spring. 

The Environmental Conditions 

Sun exposure and weather elements can take their toll on your parking lot lines. Snow, rain, sun, and dirt from tires can all impact your lines, leaving them faded and marred. 

The Quality of Paint Used

Poor quality paint makes parking lot lines susceptible to fading.

The Nature of Aging Asphalt

When asphalt gets old, cracked, and dirty, the paint on it won’t stay in place or endure as it should, leaving your commercial lot looking less than ideal. You must keep your asphalt in good condition over the years and replace it when necessary. 

Your line painting will only hold up if applied on a good foundation. If your asphalt is of poor quality, it will be hard for the paint to adhere to it. Once the paint is impacted by weather, wear and tear, it will fade fast. 

The Effects of Snow and Ice

Snowplowing is a necessary safety measure for parking lots, but it can damage your lines. When a blade grinds across the asphalt to move snow out of the way, parking lot problems can result. 

Snow melting salt can also have steep consequences when it comes to its effect on your parking lot lines. The chemicals in the snow and ice melting salts can loosen the paint on your commercial lot. 

The Resurfacing of Your Parking Lot

When your asphalt needs repairs, you can get it resurfaced. Once you add a layer of asphalt to your pavement, the lines will disappear and you’ll need to have it restriped. 

Don’t Delay Re-Striping Your Parking Lot

It’s vital that you don’t put off the need for new line painting. When lines are faded or missing, it can become a safety issue for your property, putting customers and staff at risk. A poorly marked commercial parking lot can look unappealing and be tough to navigate. So when you notice your lines are fading or missing, contact a reputable team of professionals to have them repaint your lines. 

How frequently you repaint your parking lot is based on your climate, how busy the lot is, and the condition of your asphalt. Each situation is unique, so the frequency of your restriping should be evaluated accordingly. Some lots need restriping once a year, and others need it every 2-3 years. 

Prolong the Life of Your Parking Lot Lines

Pavement maintenance helps extend the life of your parking lot. At EverLine Coatings & Services, we offer a Preventative Pavement Maintenance Program which includes regular assessments, proactive solutions, and appealing cost savings. When you keep your pavement looking and performing its best, you’ll save time so you can focus on your business. 

Full-Service Markings for Your Commercial Pavement Needs

When you own or manage a business, you wear many hats. Finding a trustworthy contractor to create lasting pavement markings gives you one less thing to think about. 

At EverLine Coatings & Services, we ensure you get a safe, attractive parking lot with our long-lasting, customizable line striping that makes your property easy to navigate. Our precision craftsmanship and inventive approach make your parking lot visually appealing and safe, even in high-traffic areas. 

Find out more information about our parking lot line striping services. 

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