Thermoplastic Markings it comes to enhancing safety and improving the appearance of your commercial parking lot, you’ll want to ensure that all the pavement markings are up to code and visible for your customers. That’s why thermoplastic markings, which are made from a type of plastic polymer that becomes pliable when heated and then cools into lines or symbols on the surface, have dominated the road striping industry for decades.
In fact, many states require higher-volume roads to be re-striped three times a year with paint, but only every two years with thermoplastic markings. Thermoplastic is a cost-effective solution for maintaining clear and long-lasting lines, symbols and legends on roads, parking lots, and other paved surfaces.
Durability and Efficiency: The Benefits of Thermoplastic Markings
Like paint, thermoplastic pavement markings are formulated with pigments and binders that make them durable and long-wearing. However, they also incorporate glass beads into the mixture that makes them highly reflective during the day and night. As the line wears over time, new beads are revealed and can be reapplied to maintain retroreflectivity.
Preformed thermoplastic is available in a variety of colors for different traffic and parking needs. Using specialized equipment designed to keep the material hot, professional installers can shape these preformed thermoplastic markings on-site with measurements and a blueprint. This is much faster and easier than painting, which requires waiting for the line to dry completely before traffic can use it. This type of pavement marking is also ideal for ADA compliance. Supermarkets can use disabled parking bay markings and parent-child markings, while service stations can use them to indicate where electric vehicle charging points are located.