There is much to consider when designing and building a parking lot. Most of these items revolve around parking lot safety, such as proper lighting, traffic flow, and location and structure of signs and wheel stops. In addition to safety, procuring products that will minimize liability, yet are attractive and easy to maintain is key to building high quality parking lots.
Industry-recognized parking lots use recycled rubber structures, such as RubberForm’s Sign Base, because they are aerodynamic and heavy enough to stay upright, yet light enough to be tipped and rolled to another location. For parking bumpers, blocks, sign stands or speed bumps, recycled rubber is also more cost effective, and less damaging to vehicles and their drivers than concrete, cast iron or asphalt.
Recycled rubber is easy to maintain as it is resistant to temperature variations, moisture, UV light, oils, fuels, and salts. It also does not rust, chip, crack or crumble.
Parking experts also agree that building environmentally-friendly and sustainable parking lots is becoming vitally important for our communities. Well-built parking lots can encourage use of mass transportation, which cuts down the number of people commuting and driving their cars, thereby reducing our carbon footprint.
Recycled rubber is an emerging trend in parking because of its “green” and sustainable properties. According to an International Parking Institute survey, “many new facilities are built to the demanding standards of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. These include implementing recycling systems, such as … using local and recycled materials in construction…”
RubberForm Recycled Products use recycled tire rubber and other environmentally friendly materials to manufacture the products needed to build and develop industry-rated parking lots. RubberForm is a member of the USGBC — U.S. Green Building Council. Our environmentally friendly products are GreenSpec listed and count toward LEED certification credits for green building projects.
This is a guest blog post by Jamie Rexinger of RubberForm Recycled Products, a company located in Lockport, NY that specializes in using recycled tire rubber to manufacture products such as sign bases, speed bumps, wheel stops and many other commonly-used items.