Road markings keep highways and, of course, drivers and passengers safe. The rising popularity of thermoplastic road markings in the last few years has made our clients and customers wonder – what makes them different and what are their benefits? Thermoplastic road markings feature improved functionality, ease of installation, and exceptional durability. Today, we are going into more detail about what makes them so special.
1. High Visibility
Thermoplastic markings provide ultra-high visibility on the road and catch drivers’ attention almost instantly because they have special reflective properties. The main function of thermoplastic road markings is to help drivers see and follow road signs and keep lane discipline, which is extremely important in poor visibility conditions and at night. On the other hand, traffic signals, physical signs and vertical markings in general sometimes don’t provide enough additional information or make the driver more aware of the danger because they don’t have retroreflective properties.
Interesting fact: To help drivers become more aware of the road conditions, thermoplastic markings can be laid in a thicker form to create a noticeable vibration or a sound that will make the driver slow down. Paint sits on the top, which makes it impossible for drivers not to notice the road markings, which all together results in a fewer number of accidents.
Although thermoplastic road markings could be seen as an outdated technology, this type of marking is the most common for a massive reason – no other road marking is as durable as thermoplastic road markings.
Consisting of synthetic resins intermixed with glass beads, fillers and pigments, thermoplastic road markings are almost unbeatable. Some resins used for thermoplastic markings come from renewable sources, which is an added benefit to this type of road and line marking.
When applied, thermoplastic is exposed to high temperatures and then moulded, dried or palletised. Then, it is once more exposed to a temperature of about 200 degrees, while the paint dries gradually afterward. Thermoplastic road markings last for many years, even in warm climates. Other types of road markings tend to get washed out within a year or two when exposed to either high or low temperatures.
Not only are thermoplastic road markings durable but they are also very cost-effective. Their long lifespan and low-frequency maintenance make them a great investment.
Thermoplastic road markings are highly customisable and can be used for anything from pedestrian crossings, school zones, cycle lanes, bus lanes and stops, highway and line markings, as well as for marking other signs on and off the road. This type of marking makes a great choice for busy areas where it is essential to segregate and guide traffic and calm the intense flow.
Total Line Marking is your go-to company when it comes to line painting, surfacing and cleaning. Whatever you ask of our skilled team of operatives, we will make sure we deliver a functional, cost-effective, and above all, safe project, regardless of the size, anywhere in the UK. Ready to make a change? Contact us today!