How Frequently Does a Commercial Parking Lot Need to Be Re-Striped?

Commercial Paving

If you own an establishment with a parking lot, it’s important to keep it in tip-top shape. Not only does a well-maintained parking lot improve curb appeal, but it also ensures the safety of all visitors who enter your parking lot—especially when it comes to the line marking in your parking lot.

You may be wondering how often you should have your parking lot line striping updated. Well, the answer to this question depends on a few things such as the condition of your current parking lot and other environmental factors.  

Here’s what you need to know about parking lot line painting, as well as some factors that impact how frequently your parking lot needs to be re-striped.

Parking Lot Appearance

How often you perform parking lot repainting depends greatly on how your current parking lot looks. Let’s face it, looks matter and parking lots are no exception.

Keeping your lot looking clean, clear, and professional will do wonders for your customer reputation. You can easily develop a negative reputation from your customers if your pavement is dirty, full of potholes, hard to park on, and disorganized.

Just as you would maintain the interiors of your establishment, you should also ensure your exterior looks great.

Weather in Your Area

The weather in your area will impact how often you need to re-stripe your parking lot. If your store, office, or warehouse is located in a city that is prone to long, harsh winters, you will more likely need to restripe more often.

The roads in cities with heavy snowfall and freezing temperatures are subject to cracking and fading caused by the salt used to clear snow and ice. If you live in an area like this, you should consider re-striping your parking lot at least once a year or when you notice more than half of the paint has come off.

If you live in an area where the climate is always sunny, you can get by with re-striping less often; however, this is rarely the case in the GTA. Be aware of how the paint can change from month to month; you may still want to restripe your lot once a year in order to keep up the appearance and maintain safety for your customers and clients.

How Much Traffic Drives on the Parking Lot

One of the most important factors when determining how often you should re-stripe your parking lot is how many people drive through your area. The more customers you get on a regular basis, the more wear and tear your parking lot will receive, which means you will need to re-stripe your lot more frequently.

Conversely, if you have light to moderate traffic, your paint should last throughout the year.

After Sealcoating

If you recently repaired your asphalt parking lot and had it sealcoated, you will also need to re-stripe your parking lot before you allow customers back in.

Sealcoating covers the line markings, and after it dries, you will need to put fresh stripes down. Choosing a full-service pavement maintenance company that works from start to finish will not only repair your asphalt but will also re-stripe your lot for you.

Redesign and Noncompliance

Whenever you intend to change the function or traffic flow of your parking lot, you need to re-stripe it. Adding or removing parking spaces, changing their orientation, or adding a drive-thru will require you to put the right markings to notify visitors and customers.

Do a Visual Inspection

If you cannot remember the last time you had your parking lot re-striped, you should take a moment to do a visual inspection. If you notice that the stripes are faded, or you can barely see them at all, you should have them repainted as soon as possible.

Imagine being a customer—if they cannot clearly see where to park or cannot find the designated handicap spots, you are doing a disservice to your customers and it could impact your business.

Trust a paving company with years of experience and a good reputation to paint the stripes for you. You will notice a significant improvement in curb appeal and so will your customers.

The Type of Paint Used for Your Parking Lot Striping

The type of paint used for your last pavement painting will also impact how soon you should have your parking lot re-striped. High-quality thick paint lasts a lot longer—up to a year with moderate traffic.

Thin paint should be checked throughout the year and be restriped when it becomes hard to see. When you re-stripe the next time, use an industrial-grade paint to ensure it lasts as long as possible.

Contact Ivy Property Services Inc. for Parking Lot Repainting

Parking lot striping and signage maintenance are important to keeping your property safe and appealing. Choosing the right company to take care of this responsibility each year, or as needed, will ensure you get a good return on your investment and it will preserve the paint as long as possible.

If you need line marking for your parking lot, contact Ivy Property Services Inc. We are your one-stop-shop for all things asphalt-related. Not only do we take care of parking lot repainting, we also offer asphalt paving and repair, routing and crack sealing, sealcoating, snow removal,

catch basin repairs, pothole repair services, and more.

We specialize in line painting services in the GTA and offer customized solutions for residential and private commercial customers in Southern Ontario. With fast turnaround times, exceptional customer service, and affordable estimates, we can be your first choice for line marking and asphalt maintenance.

When you contact us, you can get a free quote and consultation, so you know exactly what you get when working with us. Contact us at (416) 818-0970. We are always available at and are ready to respond to all client inquiries.