Facility & Car Park Line Marking
Many facilities need to be able to accommodate large volumes of traffic from both vehicles and pedestrians over a long amount of time. Therefore it is very important that people's safety is kept a priority in order to reduce any risk of accidents. Durable and highly clear markings play a vital part in ensuring the safety and efficiency of the facility, as they direct and control all forms of traffic.
There are a few different types and ranges of line markings needed for retail centres, as listed below:
Car parks are essential in aiding efficiency and order within a retail centre, there are must-haves when choosing what materials to use for your car park line marking.
The need for durability is obvious as there will be hundreds, potentially thousands depending on the size of the retail centre, of vehicles passing through daily, and the line markings must be able to withstand this in order to keep clear and readable to avoid confusion. Leading on from this, the material used must be bright and highly visible, for motorists to be able to see exactly where to go day and night.
Anti-slip or Anti-Skid is also recommended when marking your car park for both vehicle areas and pedestrian zones, as it helps to reduce any risks of accidents occurring from both parties. The pedestrian zones of a car park are equally as important as the vehicle areas, as they show pedestrians the safest route to walk, and also provide crossings to ensure their safety.
Depending on your budget there are various products to suit. For great value, there are products like Acrylic/epoxy paints (Vialine/Trafficline) or for a more durable finish there are MMA products (Ultraline/Ultra Stripe.) The paints can be applied with an Airless Paint Sprayer to give the most accurate and clear markings possible. Separate surface coatings can be also added to provide strong slip-resistant properties, for example, Spectrum MultiGrip.
Although loading bays will receive significantly less traffic than car parks, most of the vehicles passing through are likely to be HGVs. This means that the line markings are subject to increased pressure/stress. Due to this, the need for durability is just as prominent in loading bay areas as it is in car parks. The linings can delineate zones such as loading/unloading or pedestrian walkways, meaning it is vital that these are kept readable and obvious in order to avoid confusion, accidents, or loss of efficiency.
Another need, similar to mentioned above, for loading bays, is colour retention. The constant loading and unloading of goods, as well as a number of vehicles passing through, means the surface is very likely to get dusty and dirty fast, and this can make it very difficult to read the markings, see below for an example:
This is something you want to aim to avoid, as it can not only be a major health and safety risk but can dramatically decrease the efficiency of the site and reduce your chances of a lean workflow. In order to avoid this, you need to ensure that surfaces are cleaned often, choose a line marking paint with the highest visibility possible or look at sealing the marking to prevent dirt ingress. You can read more on keeping these areas efficient in Meon's blog: Improve on Lean Management with These Quick Fixes
Decorative Resin Surfaces
Many shopping centres aim to have a stylish area outside to compliment the interiors, and the surface can make or break the overall look of this. Resin aggregates are recommended to provide an aesthetically pleasing and effective surface, in colours and blends that can compliment the style of the building. They provide a timeless addition to any exterior area and can be permeable, providing an excellent SuDS-compliant surface. Read Meon's case study on providing a Resin Bound surface for the Oracle Shopping Centre in Reading to find out more on how resin aggregates can improve the overall quality of your Retail Centre.
One of the most common areas of simple aesthetic improvement is the tree surrounds and plant borders – there are great flexible solutions that are maintenance free, and very easy to install as a retrofit to you carpark or any retail area experiencing struggles in these areas.
It is always important to keep your facility to the highest standards possible, in order to maintain an effective and lean workplace. One issue that could prevent this from happening is a damaged surface. This causes many problems for the facility, as it not only affects the look of the area, making it look run down and low quality, but it can cause possible accidents or incidents that may affect the workforce of the facility.
Potholes in the surface of car parks/drives can affect retail parks dramatically, as it would potentially put customers off visiting in fear they may damage their vehicle, or it can just ruin the aesthetics of the area. There are many ways to repair potholes, however cold lay pothole filler is recommended for getting the job done quickly and effectively. Meon's own range of cold-lay pothole filler gets stronger over time after application, reducing the risk of further damage.
Any other type of surface damage, for example, cracks, should also be repaired as soon as possible for the same reasons as mentioned above. This can be done with different forms of overbanding, such as preformed or cold plastic.
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