When it was introduced in 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act broke ground for civil rights and made America a better place for individuals with disabilities. These days, handicapped parking isn’t something most of us even think about; its presence is a given thanks to the ADA. While most of the regulations in the ADA don’t give business owners much choice in how they display their handicapped parking spots, parking stops are something of a gray area (no pun intended). Here are a few reasons why Monster‘s brightly colored, durable, rubber parking curbs are better options than a traditional, boring, concrete parking block.
Rubber parking curbs withstand harsh weather
Often businesses will indicate handicap parking with markings on the pavement. Perhaps using blue lines to indicate the parking spot, or placing the handicap symbol within the designated parking area. While this may work in a place like Florida, a business owner in Michigan has much more to worry about. Considering the heavy snow fall most northern states face, not to mention the long duration of winter, it can be difficult for patrons to see markings made on the pavement. Monster handicap parking curbs are 4 inches in height, meaning they will stand above snow from all but the fiercest storms.
One major issue with concrete parking blocks is that they are often the same color as the parking lot to upon which they are mounted. This can make them difficult for drivers to see as they pull into parking stops. This issue has only been compounded in recent years by the invention and proliferation of the backup camera. It’s difficult enough to differentiate a gray bump on gray concrete, now drivers have to do it using a grainy camera that would embarrass a cell phone. While parking curbs are designed to withstand impacts from vehicles, over time it will result in wear and tear regardless of the material the product is constructed from. The only options are to choose a high visibility product, such as a Monster parking stop, or to paint a concrete parking stop. Painting, however, produces its own slew of problems…
There is no need to repaint a colored rubber parking block
Whether a business owner opts to paint the parking area in blue, or paint a concrete parking block blue, repainting will be required. Paint will inevitable fade in the sun, and weather will chip it away over time. Re-painting can be costly both in terms of materials and man-hours. With Monster handicap parking stops, the rubber is colored blue so there is no fading, no chipping, no discoloration. Our parking stops are warrantied for up to three years and many last in excess of that time frame. They give parking lots a nice aesthetic while indicating where the handicap parking is located.
Our parking stops bring a little extra flair to parking lots while offering many practical advantages. Extra visibility, superior durability, and overall better aesthetics are just a few of the aspects of the Monster parking block that make it the best way to mark a handicap spot.