Parking Lot Striping for Orange County & Beyond
Empire parking lot services offers line striping services throughout the Southern California area. This area includes Orange County, Los Angeles County, Riverside County, San Bernardino, and parts of Ventura & San Diego. Learn more about our services below.
New Layout & Re stripe
Empire Parking Lot Services paints thousands of lines each and every year. From simple single line layouts to double line layouts and even complex round end lines Empire can take care of all of your line painting needs. Empire-PLS can handle projects of all sizes. No matter how small or large we have the crews and equipment to get the job done. If you have a new construction line painting project, Empire can handle the complexities of these types of projects. From reading blueprints to responding to emergency changes that can occur on them, Empire has over 30 years of experience painting parking lots, parking structures, and concrete warehouses. If you are just looking to freshen up your parking lot with new lines, we can provide repainting services as well. From churches to amphitheaters, we have the ability to handle projects of all sizes.
Whether you manage a dozen locations or you’re a property manager with a large portfolio, Empire Parking Lot Services can handle your line painting needs. Many of our customers are looking for a company they can make one call to get it all done. At Empire, that is exactly the service we offer. One call and the project gets done correctly and on time. The other benefit of portfolio account maintenance is that we offer great discounts on these packages. Many prestigious companies now count on Empire to keep their parking lots in top shape with annual contracts. Call us today to learn more about the benefits.
About the Paint
We also offer a variety of paint products for line striping services that are custom designed for your projects different needs. Here are a few examples of some of the products that we offer.
Water based / Acrylic:
Pros: Affordable, Caltrans Specified
Cons: Low Sheen, Shorter Lifespan
More Info: Most parking lots in California that get re-painted every year are done using standard water based paint. These water based paints are specifically designed to be used in parking lots and are specified Caltrans products. These products are designed to get the most wear while still keeping the cost low. The reason for this is because your parking stalls are typically something has to be repainted each year. As well as each time your parking lot gets seal coated or paved. Typically, the longest time to expect parking lot striping paint to last is around two years. At this point the paint will start to fade and wear from variables such as traffic, exposure to the elements and irrigation, as well as the general use of the asphalt or concrete.
Oil based / Latex:
Pros: Also Affordable & Caltrans Specified, Faster Drying Times, Higher Sheen Step up from Water Based Paints
Cons: More Expensive, Problematic When Painted Over Existing Water Based Paints ( Especially Curbs)
More Info : Oil based paints should generally be selected when a parking lot has a larger volume of vehicle use or when a parking lot needs to be opened quickly. Oil based products are great paints to use in your parking lot and parking structures. The problem people and contractors typically run into with oil based paint is using it over existing water based paint. If you have a parking lot or concrete curbs that need to be painted be sure to select a contractor that can make a determination about what products are existing in your parking lot. If you have a new construction painting project, try to choose one product type and stick with it. This will save you tons of money and headaches in the future by avoiding costly paint failure issues. General rule of thumb for oil based parking lot striping paint should be this. New construction = oil based and stick with it. Or Repainting = water based . If you want to change what your using on your properties than sand blast in between products is necessary. Although costly, it will make your parking lot marking last longer and look better over time.
Pros: Very Durable, Very high Sheen, Very Long Life Span
Cons: Very Expensive, Complex to Work With, Longer Drying Times
More Info: Epoxy paints are one of the strongest products you can put down on the ground. Not only do they look and wear great, they stay down for a long time as well. The problems you run into with epoxy striping paint is that 1) it has a very slippery finish. If curbs or speed bumps are painted with epoxy paints they become extremely dangerous to people walking on them. Add rain water or sprinklers runoff to them and they become downright deadly. 2) They fade quickly when painted in direct sunlight. This is why you hardly ever see these products in parking lots or curbs. On the other hand, if you are painting lines in a warehouse or parking structure it makes a great choice. The cost at that point is well worth the durability it provides.
Pros: Very Durable , High Sheen, Works Better Outside Than Epoxies , Long Life Span
Cons: Very Expensive, Complex to Work With, Longer Drying Times
More Info: Like epoxy painting products, urethane paints are very durable and very long lasting. They share the same dangers as epoxy as well the many of the same strengths. One major difference you will find with urethane products is the simple fact that they stand up better to the elements such as sunlight, rain, etc. Often times epoxy paints will fade with exposure to these elements whereas urethane will hold color for much longer.
Non Paint Line Alternatives
Thermoplastic Tape / Hot Tape:
Pros: Most Durable, Stands Up to Extreme Weight & Traffic, Raised Surface Finish for Visibility.
Cons: Very Expensive, Equipment to Install is Costly and Complex (Hot Tape Exception), Long and Tedious Installation Process
More Info: Thermoplastics / Hot Tape is a very unique product in that it is a raised surface finished product. What that means is that not only do you see it from a distance better but when right next to it actually has a profile of 4 times the actual mil of water based or oil based paint. The product itself is really not even paint. It's a melted plastic that is poured into a dye and laid down either using stencils or line striping dyes such as single line or double line. Thermoplastic is often found in industrial parking lots where big shipping trucks are the norm. Another place where thermoplastic is found is on freeways and roads. The cities use thermoplastics because typically cost is less of a concern to them, as well as their maintenance schedule for their streets is far longer in between in terms of sealing, paving etc. Hot Tape is one exception of a thermoplastics product that is a little easier to work with. Hot tape is basically a preformed product that is literally cooked to the ground using a lance or torch. Hot Tape is like thermoplastics light. A slightly cheaper and slightly easier version of thermo, that doesn’t last as long as traditional thermoplastics.