4 Simple Things to Keep Your Parking Lot Looking Clean
We all know first impressions are important. So if your facility’s parking lot is one of the first things that someone sees, why is it so often neglected? Here are four simple things you can do to keep your parking lot looking clean and inviting.
| WHEEL STOPS
Pretty much anywhere you go you can find wheel stops in a parking lot. They’re small pieces of molded concrete that go at the end of a parking space to stop cars from rolling too far. They play an important role in preventing damage or injuries caused by drivers not parking properly.
Naturally, they’re bound to take some damage themselves. Liability concerns aside, they can also be an eyesore for your visitors. To stay on top of crumbled and cracked wheel stops in your parking lot, it’s best to conduct regular lot walks and replace them as needed. It’s one of those things that nobody notices if you’re staying on top of it, but everyone notices if you’re not.
| TRAFFIC SIGNS
“Right Turn Only”, “Stop”, and “Exit Only” are just a few examples of important signage in your parking lot. If your facility only sees a handful of visitors per day, then perhaps you only need a couple of signs. But as your visitor count grows, so too must your effort to clearly communicate with drivers in your parking lot. Having a clear traffic signage system keeps vehicles from piling up and saves everyone frustration.
Keeping signage clean and legible is just as important as having it in the first place. On your lot walks, look for graffiti, sun fading, or peeling that could prevent your visitors from understanding what the sign says. Regular sign maintenance is a very simple and effective way to make a good impression on visitors.
| POT HOLES
They’re the worst. Any time someone hits a pot hole their mood immediately takes a turn. It’s frustrating, jarring, and might even damage the car. To avoid having those negative emotions associated with your commercial facility, never let pot holes persist for more than a couple of days at most. Contact your facility services company and schedule an evaluation to determine whether it can be filled or if more extensive repairs are needed. While you wait for your facility services company to arrive, it’s a good idea to cone off the are and help people avoid it.
The stripes along the ground in a parking lot may seem like a given, but look around next time you’re out. They’re one of the most commonly neglected parts of a parking lot. You’ll start to see cracking, peeling, or the faded remnants of old stripes in lots that aren’t properly maintained. While the first instinct might be to simply paint over where the old lines used to be, it’s not always that simple. In older parking lots, you may need to eventually give yourself a clean slate by doing a new seal coat and then painting new lines. The need for this can be caused by lots designed for older, smaller vehicles or simply needing a fresh surface for the paint to adhere to.
AAA Facility Services offers all of the above and more for parking lots. Contact us today for a recommendation on parking lot maintenance.