Whether you call them parking stops, wheel blocks or curb stops, their purpose is the same: to help drivers determine the boundaries of a parking area, For many years, property owners had little choice when it came to selecting parking stops as virtually all of them were made of concrete that was often reinforced with rebar. In recent years the concrete car stops manufactured show a propensity to deteriorate rapidly from exposure to road salt and the weather. Today, however, it is possible to purchase parking stops that are made from recycled rubber, which offer several advantages over the traditional design.
CAR STOPS AND BUMPER BLOCKS – THE BENEFITS
Traditional concrete parking stops weigh between 150 and 300 pounds each. This means that shipping can be costly, but it also means that it is essentially impossible for one man to move or install them. Unloading a shipment often requires a forklift or other special equipment. By contrast, parking blocks made from recycled rubber weigh between 16 and 40 pounds each. One person can easily move or install them, and shipping costs are much lower.
Recycling helps keep plastics, tires and other rubber products out of landfills. Traditional parking stops are difficult or impossible to recycle, making disposal a chore. Using products recycled from post-consumer materials also presents a favorable image by demonstrating to the public that the business or property owner is environmentally responsible.
Traditional concrete parking stops require painting if the property owner desires any color other than gray. Paint will chip, peel and fade, requiring regular maintenance. Parking stops made from recycled rubber can be purchased in a variety colors, including blue, safety yellow and basic gray or white. They will never need painting, and they will not rot or chip. Reflective tape can be easily applied to them if the property owner so desires.
If it becomes necessary to restripe the parking lot or changing its configuration, it can be a time-consuming, labor-intensive and costly chore to remove traditional parking stops and relocate them. Due to their light weight, parking blocks made from rubber can be moved quickly and easily. This is especially convenient for parking areas that require frequent reconfiguration or modifications, such as converting a parking lot for an outdoor festival.
WHERE TO OBTAIN MORE INFORMATION
Since 1982, APM Paving has been providing a full range of parking lot services to clients throughout Central Kentucky. Our experienced, well-trained staff can help you decide on the type, style and configuration of your parking stops. We can also assist with your selection of car stops and bumper blocks. In addition, we provide asphalt sealcoating, striping and asphalt repair services. As a family-owned business, APM Paving is committed to providing our customers with top-quality products and services at a fair price. For a free quote, call us at 859-299-8111 or ask for a free quotation.