Parking Lot Design – Functionality & Curb Appeal
Although the parking lot is an integral part of your property’s functionality and curb appeal, when designing a building, some architects give little thought to the design of the adjacent parking lot. Once you have had your parking lot open to traffic for a year or two, however, you may discover that there are design issues that need to be rectified. On the other hand, you may just find that the design is not aesthetically pleasing. Regardless of the reason for your dissatisfaction, you will be pleased to learn that it is quite possible to have your parking lot redesigned so that it meets your needs and expectations.
Parking Lot Design – Functionality & Curb Appeal -Your Options
Sometimes, one or two small changes may be all that you need. However, at other times, you may want to start with as close to a blank slate as possible. Here are a few of the options that you may want to consider for your parking lot remodel.
• Traffic Aisles: Traffic aisles can be restricted to one-way traffic, but you can also allow two-way traffic. If the aisles accommodate two-way traffic, they will need to be just a little bit wider than aisles for one-way traffic. You need not make all aisles the same; for example, you could allow two-way traffic on the center aisle and perimeter aisles, but you could designate all other aisles for one-way traffic.
• Parking Angle: The angle of the parking stalls can be 60 degrees, 90 degrees or even 45 degrees. Stalls with a 90-degree angle are also called head-in parking spaces. Head-in spaces allow you to fit more parking stalls in your lot, but some drivers may find it difficult to park in them. Parking spaces using a 60-degree angle are almost as space-efficient, but most drivers find that it is easier to maneuver their vehicles into these spaces. Spaces using a 45-degree angle are typically found only in very tight areas.
• Striping Style: The basic striping style is a single line to mark the edges of each space; a wheel stop or horizontal stripe may be used at the front end, but the other end is open. Using two lines along each edge gives drivers a bit more room to open their doors. If you want an elegant style, you might consider using two stripes that are joined by a semicircle. Furthermore, you can also choose a custom design or select from several other striping styles, including box stalls.
• Miscellaneous: Traffic arrows on the pavement can help eliminate confusion by showing drivers the correct path to follow. Pavement markings can help prevent drivers from parking in loading zones, fire lanes or other restricted areas. Speed bumps can help ensure that drivers reduce their speed appropriately; placing them near crosswalks can help protect pedestrians. Islands at the end of or between parking rows can be used for trees or other plants, making the lot more eco-friendly while simultaneously making it more attractive. ADA-compliant markings can reduce your risk of fines, but they also encourage people with mobility issues to choose you instead of your competition.
Whether you want to make a few changes or completely overhaul your asphalt parking lot, Dirtworks can help. We are one of the top asphalt paving contractors in Cape Cod. We offer an extensive range of asphalt services, including sealcoating, asphalt paving, parking lot striping, crack filling, pavement markings and milling. We also offer site work, excavation services and snow removal. We are committed to delivering quality workmanship and outstanding customer service at competitive rates. If you have more questions about Parking Lot Design – Functionality & Curb Appeal or would like a free estimate, call (508) 240-5541 or use the online form.
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