People tend to drive when they need to get somewhere and car parks play an important part in modern day life. Car parks are required at a wide range of destinations, including grocery stores, businesses, public transport stations and tourist attractions just to name a few.
Safety in Car Parks
Car parks can also be unsafe and chaotic places with many accidents taking place in these environments, which is why it is so important that car park road markings and signs are easy to understand so that motorists and pedestrians can use car parks safely.
Wear and Tear
Car parks can also be places that see a good deal of wear and tear from heavy usage and the weather, which is why it is so important that the right marking solution is used with paint and resin being the two most common options that can handle the mechanical, chemical and thermal challenges that car parks can present.
Quick-Dry Floor Paint
Quick-dry floor paint can be a quick and easy solution for car park markings. Clear paint ensures that markings are highly visible to both pedestrians and motorists and this is ideal for covered car parks where visibility can sometimes be an issue.
Paint is also waterproof which is useful for outdoor car parks (particularly in the rainy UK!) with a quick drying time, which makes it easy to apply. The key is to find specialist trade floor paint that will be ideal for use in car parks and be up to the demands.
The main drawback of using paint for car park markings is the fact that it can quickly become soiled by vehicle traffic, including tyre markings and petrol. This means that it does not have great longevity, especially in busy car parks.
Although it is more expensive than floor paint, resin has many benefits that should be considered when it comes to car park floor marking. Resin has great mechanical resistance, which is ideal for settings like car parks with heavy cars and impact often being an issue.
Resin is also resistant to abrasive substances as well as weathering, so it can work well in both indoor and outdoor car parks and can handle the low temperatures in winter and the highs of summer with ease. The cost can be an issue with epoxy and polyurethane resin, though.
The key is to establish what your needs are and what type of car park you are marking whether this is private or public, large or small, indoor or outdoor along with how busy it is. This should then help you to identify whether or not you should be using floor paint or resin. Additionally, you might find that a combination of both should be used with resin being used in the heavy-duty areas while paint used in any quieter areas of the car park.