Parking Lot Striping & Pavement Design Changes

Over the last century, parking lot design has had to evolve with frequently changing car designs as well as the public’s preferences. Prior to the 1950s, power steering and automatic transmissions were rarely found on family cars, which tended to be large, heavy and difficult to park. Parking spaces were typically large enough and provided a sufficient turning radius to accommodate these behemoths. During the 1970s, however, people began embracing fuel-efficient compact cars; some property owners responded by reducing the size of the individual stalls to increase the number of stalls that the parking lot could offer. Today, people drive a wide variety of vehicles that range from full-size SUVs to subcompact cars, forcing property owners to ensure that their parking lots can handle the largest vehicles without wasting space unnecessarily. In addition, property owners must ensure that their parking lots conform to the regulations concerning handicapped parking. As a result of the changes needed, some businesses are finding that their current layout is inadequate to address all issues. However, not everyone realizes that redesigning a parking lot is relatively simple — if you hire an experienced, reputable contractor and give him a list of your preferences.

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