First of all, stop confusing code compliance with ADA compliance. We’ve seen too many folks bemoan the fact that they are doing everything as directed and can’t afford to spend more on ‘upgrades.’
Being ADA-compliant means your parking lot is spatially & terrain-wise designed to assist with challenged or disabled visitors, while code states what signage or stencil size or ramp incline you’re using; that sort of stuff.
Now, onto the main point, what to do if your parking lot is in a decrepit state and the cash flow is slightly off. Atkins Paving, the family-run business with a penchant for solutions, has some tips for you to nail the compliance & aesthetics on a budget!
1. Lot Accessibility
At least one in 6 parking spaces should be reserved for disabled people with the universal sign atop the pavement. If you want to avoid mistakes, visit your local zoning officials to get the correct code on colors & signage for the accessible lots. This is the bare minimum you need covering without excessive spending.
2. Lot Grading
ADA compliant lots need to be level with less than 2% slope deviation in any direction or incur fines. That also means if your parking lot is pockmarked with potholes & cracks, you will also need resurfacing. However, if you need a quick fix, you can use hot patches. The entire point of the exercise is to ensure smooth & crack-free surfaces.
3. Lot Sealing
While we have helped you cover the basics above on a budget, if you feel your gray asphalt needs to be that characteristic blacktop without too much spending, you may opt for a coal tar seal. Not only will it act as a rejuvenator, but it will make the consequent line striping stand out in sharp relief for visitors.
4. Lot Striping
Don’t jump to coal tar paint as an inexpensive alternative because it is caustic & harmful to work with. Acrylic, water-based line striping paints are relatively inexpensive, but they adhere to asphalt surfaces for appropriate striping. Remember to hash the side of an accessible parking spot so people don’t park over it.
5. Lot Signage
No, no, no, you need not imagine numerous signs and all. You need one clear sign that indicates the parking lot has accessible parking spaces. It is the universal symbol of a person in a wheelchair, backdropped in blue with white borders and a probable violation warning. Depending on the city code, you will have to set the sign at 60 or 66 inches above the ground.
In essence, scrap the seal coat, patch the potholes & seal lightly, repaint the stripes, clean or retouch the signage. The most crucial bit is pavement maintenance to recoup the expenses the longer the lot lasts. We empathize with client concerns and offer cost-effective solutions to balance quality materials & workmanship in smaller budgets. Atkins Paving, serving Fort Mill, SC, has pavement solutions for both ambitious & budget-aware clients, so feel free to contact us.