parking lot

Features Every Parking Lot Should Have

Have you ever tried to visit a place of business, but were unable to find a parking space – or were uncomfortable with the parking lot for whatever reason – and just gave up and left? If so, you’re not alone. This kind of scenario plays out each and every day all across the US. That’s why if you’re a small business owner, you should never underestimate the importance of a parking lot adjacent to your store or shop. Whether you’re in the process of designing a new parking area or just upgrading your existing parking, here are a few features that every parking lot should have:

  • Easy access – Your parking area should be close enough to your business so that your customers can easily walk to and from their parking spaces.
  • Good flow – Make sure that you have adequate signage that indicates where your customers should park, along with directional striping and arrows that effectively direct traffic flow.
  • Pedestrian crosswalks – All pedestrian walkways should be obvious and clearly marked, not only for the safety of your customers, but also to help traffic flow smoothly.
  • Angled parking spaces – It’s much easier to enter and leave a parking space that is angled, and parking spaces designed on a slant are also better at accommodating larger vehicles.
  • Lighting – This is especially important if your business is open after dark. But even if it’s not, a well-lit parking area will not only provide a safer environment for your customers; it will also cut down on the risk of vehicle burglary and vandalism.
  • Painted curbs – Make sure that all your curbs are brightly painted. This makes it much easier for drivers to see them, and it helps pedestrians to take notice as well.
  • Speed bumps – Smooth traffic flow through your parking lot is a good thing; speeders are not. A few strategically placed speed bumps will resolve the issue.
  • Landscaping – You don’t have to spend a fortune to greatly enhance the appearance of your parking lot. A few shrubs and trees – along with an adequate drip system to make sure they’re watered regularly without doing damage to the pavement – will make a huge difference. And eventually, the trees will create shade for customers, which is always a welcome sight for visitors to your business.
  • Pavement maintenance – Whether you choose asphalt or concrete for your parking area, be sure to keep it well maintained. All debris – including not only trash, but leaves and other plant matter – should be blown off on a regular basis. And your surface should be seal coated periodically to protect it from the elements and extend its life.

For more ideas about how to improve and/or design your parking area, contact a reputable local paving contractor.