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Planning Asphalt Parking Lot Striping

This entry was posted on Wednesday, January 6th, 2021.

Hiring a Professional Parking Lot Striping Company vs. DIY

Parking lots do not tend to take the center focus of a customer or employee when entering commercial premises, but this asphalt surface is fundamental to making a superb first impression and allowing everyone to enter and exit safely. One must make many decisions concerning asphalt parking lot striping, and usually, one will hire an architect for the job. Whether you need parking lot striping services for a brand new or pre-existing lot, Teniseal/Parking Striping Corporation is at your service in Maryland.


One of your first considerations for asphalt parking lot striping is its layout. It is best to look at the big picture first before zoning in on the details. Consider the traffic flow of vehicles and pedestrians. What direction would most make sense for cars and trucks to enter and then exit? How can you promote safety for pedestrians and clarity for drivers?

Parking Space Angle

Once you have determined the best way to direct traffic flow, it’s time to decide on the parking space angles. Typical angles include 90, 60, 45, and 30 degrees. Your decision will depend on the type of service offered there and your priorities. For instance, a 90-degree angle is the most difficult for vehicles to park into and pull out from, but they fit in the most spaces. On the other hand, 60, 45, or 30-degree angles are easier for cars to maneuver into and out of, and are more efficient for fast service industries, like fast food. Your decision will come down to speed vs. space.

Parking Lot Layout Design

Parking Lot Layout Design

Parking Space Size

You also have several options when it comes to the size of the parking spaces. The minimum parking space size is 9’ by 19’. However, one can also create slightly smaller spaces marked for compact cars. These spots can be as small as 7.5’ by 15’. Stripes must be 4 inches wide. You will also need at least 24’ for clearance if it is a two-way lane.

Other Parking Lot Markings

One must follow the ADA guidelines for the number and placement of handicapped parking spaces. These spots will naturally be closest to the building entrance. Other road markings to consider include pedestrian crosswalks, stopping points, arrows, and rumble strips or speed bumps.

Type of Striping Material

Lastly, you will need to choose what type of striping material to apply. Thermoplastic is an excellent, durable option that will last longer than regular cold paint. It is reflective and can have layers for added thickness. Cold paint will likely be less expensive and works just as well, although restriping may be more frequent. If you have questions, contact Teniseal/Parking Striping Corporation!

Contact Teniseal/Parking Striping Corporation for Your Asphalt Repair!

Teniseal Corporation specializes in the application, restoration and maintenance of all types of asphalt surfaces. It makes sense to trust your asphalt job to experts with the experience and technical know-how to do your project right from the start to provide a long-lasting result. Teniseal offers services for Baltimore, Anne Arundel, Howard, Prince George’s, Harford, Carroll, and Montgomery counties in Maryland. For more information, email them at [email protected], or call them at 410-485-5660 or 410-485-0717. Keep in touch on social media through Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn!