Every so often, scientists develop products that can be useful to those in a wide variety of industries for a wide variety of purposes. Depending on the industry, these new products may represent a minor improvement or a true innovation. For the asphalt paving industry, the development of thermoplastic pavement striping represents an important step in the ongoing process of finding the best way to define parking spaces and apply other pavement markings.
How Thermoplastic Markings Are Overtaking Traditional Paints
What Is a Thermoplastic?
Thermoplastics belong to a group of polymers that can be easily molded when exposed to extremely high temperatures. Thermoplastics cool rapidly and solidify. Acrylic, nylon, PVC, and Teflon are just a few of the materials classified as thermoplastics. Therefore, thermoplastics are used by many different industries, including the automotive, medical, toy manufacturing, welding, and packaging industries.
What Are the Advantages of Thermoplastic Striping and Marking?
Thermoplastic line striping and pavement markings offer several advantages over paint. The materials used for thermoplastic marking and lot striping contain reflective beads that are mixed throughout the material, making the markings much more visible than paint, especially when the pavement is wet or at night. Thermoplastic markings can often last more than six times as long as paint, reducing the frequency of disruptions to traffic. Even when temperatures are too cold for paint, thermoplastic markings can be applied. Thermoplastic line striping and markings will not chip, crack, or shatter, and they are not affected by oil and other petrochemicals. Jobs can be completed faster, reducing the time that a lane or parking lot will need to be closed. Furthermore, thermoplastic markings pose no danger to the environment.
What Are Some Common Thermoplastic Pavement Markings?
Virtually any symbol or message you want to convey can be created with thermoplastics, including customized text or your company logo. Stock templates include crosswalks, directional arrows, ADA accessibility symbols, bike lanes, reserved spaces, school zones, fire lanes, bus or taxi lanes, interstate emblems, parking stalls, and no-parking zones. Materials are available in many different colors to suit your specific requirements.
Do Thermoplastic Markings Have Drawbacks?
There are really no drawbacks. Although the initial application will be a bit more expensive than paint, the longer life of thermoplastic markings will more than offset the additional cost over time. An inept snowplow operator could damage the markings if the blade is set too low, but this would also damage your sealcoating and possibly gouge your pavement.
How Can I Learn More About Thermoplastic Pavement Striping and Marking?
To learn more about thermoplastic markings, contact the professionals at C&C Super Seal. We serve the greater Philadelphia area with a variety of asphalt maintenance, asphalt paving, and repair services, including thermoplastic markings, sealcoating, snow removal, crack and pothole repair, and parking lot bollards. We have an exemplary reputation for delivering high-quality work at reasonable prices. For a free quote, call us at 267-223-9906 or complete the online form.