What are Thermoplastic Road Markings?

What are Thermoplastic Road Markings?

If you’re searching for durable, fast-drying road markings that do more than one job, you can’t go wrong with thermoplastic road markings. But what exactly are they, how are they made, and what are their benefits? Let’s find out. 

What are thermoplastic road markings?

Thermoplastic road markings are a type of long-term surface marking that is created from solid powder paint. This paint is heated up in a tank before application and is then sprayed onto a surface, such as roads, using specialist machines. It then cools and sets quickly, adhering firmly to the road or surface. Thermoplastic road markings are also sometimes available as pre-cut shapes or tape for further convenience. 

What are thermoplastic road markings made from? 

The paint is created from a mix of pigments, reflective glass beads, additives for fading-resistance, and synthetic resin. It doesn’t contain any harmful or volatile solvents, making it a great choice for children’s playgrounds, too. 

What are the benefits of thermoplastic road markings? 

  • Quick to dry: Downtime f rom laying or touching up road markings can cause disruption and chaos, especially in high-traffic areas. Thermoplastic road markings are quick to dry to avoid considerable delays. 
  • Durable to wear and tear: Thanks to their durable properties, thermoplastic markings are resistant to wear and tear, making them a long-lasting choice which doesn’t require regular re-painting. As such, this also makes them a cost-effective and convenient choice. 
  • Can be applied in a variety of thicknesses: Thermoplastic markings can be built up in layers to varying degrees of thickness. This makes them adaptable to different applications, for example, for the creation of rumble strips, a safety feature which requires adequate thickness to be effective. 
  • Highly visible: Because of the incorporation of reflective beads, thermoplastic markings are highly visible in the dark or bad weather, making the experience of road users much safer. 

What are the applications of thermoplastic road markings? 

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Due to their range of benefits, thermoplastic markings have the flexibility to be used for a variety of different purposes, including: 

  • Car parks
  • Bus lanes and cycle lanes
  • High-traffic zones
  • Road safety markings 
  • Playgrounds
  • Colourful surface logos and graphics 
  • Sports courts

Searching for thermoplastic road markings laid professionally and precisely? Here at Landmark Road Lining, we have over 30 years of industry experience and are local authority approved to lay a full range of markings across the UK – including thermoplastic road linings. Our clients have included local authorities, schools, warehouses and many more. Get in touch to find out more. 

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