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Revitalising School Playground Markings

Explore the transformative potential of school playground markings with Total Line Marking. Learn about costs, benefits, and choose the right design for active learning and play.

The Comprehensive Handbook to School Playground Markings

Your premier resource for school playground markings for primary schools, nurseries, and beyond.

Thinking about integrating playground markings into your school, community centre, or recreational space?

This thorough guide will walk you through all there is to understand about our thermoplastic school playground markings.
We'll delve into their diverse design potential and the resilience of the materials used, illustrating how these markings can invigorate any playground.

Multicolored painted running track

This article serves as your toolbox, whether you are a school administrator, headteacher, park architect, or a parent seeking to modernise a neighbourhood play area. We will equip you with crucial information, enabling you to make informed decisions and create a secure, exciting space for children.

This guide will decipher various elements related to our thermoplastic school playground markings, including:

  • Common questions on pricing and cost.
  • Answers to your playground marking challenges.
  • Thermoplastic playground markings vs. playground paint.
  • A synopsis of the top UK playground marking companies.
  • Common questions on pricing and cost.
  • Answers to your playground marking challenges.
  • Thermoplastic playground markings vs. playground paint.
  • A synopsis of the top UK playground marking companies.

By the conclusion, you'll possess thorough insights into the investment required for your project, the capability to pick the perfect markings for your specific needs, and the skills to prolong the lifespan and visual appeal of our playground markings.

Understanding Pricing and Cost Factors

What determines the cost of school playground markings?

The cost of playground markings is primarily dictated by the design's size and complexity. The thermoplastic material's quality used also significantly impacts the cost. Higher quality materials translate to higher costs. In the same vein, larger and more complex designs tend to be pricier.

Is the cost of thermoplastic playground markings determined by the playground's size?

The price of our playground painting service is not determined by the size of your playground. However, if you have a larger playground, you might wish to invest in additional markings to maximise your outdoor space.

Are there extra charges for custom designs or logos?

We take pride in our ability to craft personalised playground markings, including school logos, with no additional cost. Our design team can actualise your visions, and our state-of-the-art waterjet machine can fabricate complex designs effortlessly. The cost for a custom marking depends on the quantity of thermoplastic material used.

Do colour choices and patterns influence the cost?

Colours and patterns do not affect our playground markings' pricing. All our thermoplastic colours are priced equally, and the design's shape doesn't affect the cost. Pricing is strictly based on the amount of thermoplastic material used.

Is the cost of thermoplastic playground markings determined by design complexity?

Yes, to a certain extent. The complexity of the design, in conjunction with its size, impacts the cost of the playground marking. The more intricate or larger the design, the higher the cost will be.

Custom basketball court painted in a customers driveway.

Exploring Payment Options and Financing

Are there any seasonal discounts or promotions available?

We always have a range of exceptional offers depending on your expenditure level. For more information, visit our Contact Us page and get in touch with our friendly team. If you’re seeking more inspiration, browse our gallery featuring some of our favourite projects!

Are there any financing or payment plan options available?

Payment for your playground project is due upon completion. There are various funding schemes available that could cover the cost of playground markings. However, the most popular option amongst primary schools is the Sports Premium initiative funded by the UK Government.

Are there any cost-effective alternatives to thermoplastic playground markings?

While traditional painted markings are initially cheaper, they may not be the most cost-effective in the long run. Painted markings require annual maintenance, whereas thermoplastic playground markings can last anywhere between 4-10 years, resulting in lower upkeep costs and less frequent replacements.

Solutions to Your Thermoplastic Playground Marking Problems

Snakes & Ladders school plaground marking

How to enhance the lifespan of playground markings

One way to ensure the durability of your playground markings is to keep them clean, a task you should aim to perform every six months. Regular upkeep will help to prolong the life of the markings and maintain their visual impact.

Do playground markings become slippery?

Under typical conditions, our thermoplastic playground markings are designed to provide excellent slip resistance, improving safety for the children. However, under severe weather conditions such as heavy snowfall and freezing temperatures, it is advisable to postpone your installation until conditions are more favourable.

Playground Markings vs Playground Paint: A Comparative Study

When it comes to resilience and longevity, thermoplastic markings consistently outshine traditional painted markings. Here is a comparison:

Thermoplastic Markings
Painted Markings
Handles heavy traffic, impact-resistant, UV resistant (colours won’t fade), 4-year warranty
Shows signs of wear sooner, colours can fade within just several weeks, cannot withstand extreme weather conditions, 1-year warranty at most
Higher initial cost, ideal for a permanent solution, little to no maintenance costs
Lower initial cost, better for temporary options, additional maintenance cost each year
Requires a clean surface before application, no risk of colours running, can be used almost straight away, quick install time
Requires a clean surface before application, requires high skill, potential for colours to run, 2-3 hours to dry
Visual Appeal
Complex designs are easy, consistent finish, colours are vibrant, more freedom for customisation
Simple designs achievable, potential for inconsistent finishes, colours fade more quickly
Non-toxic material, environmentally friendly, anti-slip properties
Lower slip resistance, some paints not as environmentally friendly

Perks of Thermoplastic School Playground Markings 

  • High UV resistance – colours remain vivid and don't fade
  • Available in 18 different colours
  • Non-toxic
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Does not contain lead or chromates
  • Safe anti-slip finish
  • Highly durable
  • Intricate designs are feasible
  • Lasts up to 10 times longer than paint

The Leading UK Playground Marking Company

Total Line Marking is one of the UK’s premier experts in the design, manufacture, and installation of playground markings. Crafted in-house by their dedicated Design Team, their creations are distinct, engaging, and visually appealing.

We’re eager to hear about your needs and how we can assist in transforming your playground.
So contact us today or call our friendly team on 0800 009 6218.


What are school playground markings?

School playground markings are designs and patterns created on the ground of a playground, often using thermoplastic material. They serve multiple purposes, from educating children through games to encouraging physical activity.

How long do thermoplastic playground markings last?

Thermoplastic playground markings are highly durable and can last anywhere from 4 to 10 years depending on their usage and maintenance, making them a cost-effective choice for playgrounds.

Can Total Line Marking create custom designs for my school playground?

Yes, Total Line Marking offers a customized design service. Their skilled design team can bring your ideas to life, and their advanced equipment can produce intricate patterns, including school logos.

Are there any cost-effective alternatives to thermoplastic playground markings?

While painted markings may initially be cheaper, they require annual refreshing. In contrast, thermoplastic playground markings, despite a higher upfront cost, offer lower maintenance costs and less frequent replacement due to their durability.

How can I ensure the longevity of my playground markings?

Regular cleaning, ideally every six months, can help maintain the visual impact and longevity of your playground markings. This simple task can help the markings withstand the test of time and use.

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