Road markings are essential for maintaining safety on highways and keeping drivers and passengers secure. In recent years, thermoplastic road markings have gained popularity, leading many to wonder about their unique benefits. Thermoplastic road markings are known for their improved functionality, ease of installation, and exceptional durability. In this article, we will delve deeper into what makes thermoplastic road markings stand out.
Thermoplastic markings provide ultra-high visibility on the road, catching drivers' attention almost instantly due to their special reflective properties. These markings play a crucial role in helping drivers see and follow road signs while maintaining lane discipline, especially in poor visibility conditions and at night. In contrast, traffic signals, physical signs, and vertical markings often lack the retroreflective properties necessary to adequately inform drivers or heighten their awareness of potential dangers.
Interesting fact: To increase drivers' awareness of road conditions, thermoplastic markings can be applied in a thicker form, creating a noticeable vibration or sound that encourages drivers to slow down. The paint sits on top of the marking, ensuring that drivers cannot miss the road markings and ultimately reducing the number of accidents.
Although thermoplastic road markings may be perceived as an outdated technology, they remain the most common type of marking for a significant reason: their unparalleled durability. Composed of synthetic resins mixed with glass beads, fillers, and pigments, thermoplastic road markings are incredibly resilient. Some resins used in thermoplastic markings come from renewable sources, adding another advantage to this type of road and line marking.
During the application process, thermoplastic materials are exposed to high temperatures and then molded, dried, or palletized. They are then subjected to a temperature of around 200 degrees Celsius while the paint dries gradually. Thermoplastic road markings can last for many years, even in warm climates and are also excellent for warehouse line painting. In contrast, other types of road markings tend to fade within a year or two when exposed to extreme temperatures.
Thermoplastic road markings are not only durable but also cost-effective. Their long lifespan and low maintenance frequency make them an excellent investment.
Thermoplastic road markings offer a high degree of customization and can be used for various applications, such as pedestrian crossings, school playground markings, cycle lanes, car parks, bus lanes and stops, highway and line markings, and other signs both on and off the road. These markings are particularly suitable for busy areas where traffic segregation, guidance, and calming measures are vital.
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