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March 14, 2013

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Getting your parking facilities ready for summer

   Whether you have an interior parking garage or exterior parking lots for your commercial facility, your parking areas can take a beating over the fall and winter months. Now that it’s almost spring, it’s a good time to start assessing your parking facilities in preparation for the increased traffic that will arrive with summer and the height of customer traffic.

The normal wear and tear of foot and vehicle traffic through your parking areas can be amplified in times when there is more rain and mud. Temperature fluctuations can also have an effect. If your coatings had been damaged prior to fall and winter, you may find more extensive problems beginning in the spring.

Pre-summer checkpoints for your parking areas

Just as the walls of your main facility need to be protected from environmental exposure, the walls of your parking garage can be exposed to similar damage. Concrete walls may develop cracks due to water seepage or sudden changes in temperature, which can worsen and ultimately lead to serious structural damage.

Elastomeric coatings are often an excellent choice for parking structure walls. These flexible yet highly durable coatings are waterproof, weatherproof, and able to bridge small cracks or holes in the substrate to prevent further damage.

The traffic and safety markings in your parking areas should also be in great shape for the increased traffic of the summer season. Be sure to check your parking lot stripes or stall markings, including handicapped markings, attendant booths, and entry/exit or directional markings.  If they are worn, faded, or otherwise unclear, it’s a good idea to get them repainted before summer.

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