The history of pavement markings is longer than many people realize. Many centuries ago, some civilizations that used stones to pave their roads would insert rocks of a different color in the center to denote separate travel lanes. Shortly after the turn of the 20th century, local governments began painting lines and markings on their pavements. They tended to use whatever paint they could obtain easily and economically, and there was no standardization of color, design, or placement. Throughout the 1900s, many different types of paint were created specifically for pavements, and some were better than others. Today, thermoplastics are becoming increasingly popular for parking lot striping and pavement marking.
Thermoplastic Line Striping | Understanding The Basic
What Are Thermoplastics?
Thermoplastics are man-made materials that are soft and pliable when heated, then harden in the shape in which they were molded. There are many different types. You probably have objects in your homemade from thermoplastics, including food containers, plumbing pipes, drink bottles, toys, storage bins, grocery bags, and disposable cups.
Why Are Thermoplastic Markings Increasing in Popularity?
The traditional paints used for asphalt striping have an average life of less than two years. Thermoplastic line striping can last eight years or more. Painted markings can take several hours to dry, and cars that drive across the wet paint can inflict damage on the markings or track the paint. Thermoplastics cool and harden in minutes, causing less disruption to traffic and allowing the area to be opened much faster. Thermoplastic pavement markings reflect more light, making them more visible at night. Painted markings can be obscured when it is dark or on wet pavements. Because thermoplastic pavement markings have reflective beads that are spread throughout the material, they do not lose their reflective properties when the surface beads wear away. Furthermore, chemicals, oil, impacts, and deicing agents are highly unlikely to damage thermoplastic stripes and markings.
Are There Any Drawbacks to Thermoplastic Pavement Markings and Line Striping?
An asphalt striping service must invest in the proper equipment to install thermoplastics, and some of this equipment is quite expensive. Therefore, not every asphalt striping contractor or paving company has the necessary equipment to handle thermoplastics correctly. Since a careless or inexperienced snowplow operator can damage thermoplastic lines, you should only hire a reputable professional for your snow removal. Like paint, thermoplastics cannot be applied when the pavement is extremely cold or wet. For most applications, the ground temperature needs to be above 50 degrees Fahrenheit, but preformed markings require applying direct heat to the pavement so that they can be sometimes be applied at lower temperatures. Lastly, your initial costs will be higher for thermoplastics than traditional paints, but the thermoplastic pavement markings’ longevity could actually save you money in the long run.
To Learn More, Contact C&C Super Seal
Whether you need thermoplastic line striping or painted parking lot striping and markings, C&C Super Seal can help! Our paving services include asphalt pothole repair, crack repair, asphalt sealcoating, snow removal, asphalt paving, and parking lot sweeping. We have been serving Montgomery, Bucks, and Philadelphia counties since 1998. We have earned an exemplary reputation for our work’s high quality, our dedication to customer service, and our professional execution of every project. If you would like a free quote, you can use the online request form. If you prefer to call us, our number is 267-223-9906.