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THERMOPLASTIC: Making Its Mark on Pavement

If you are looking for a way to improve traffic flow and safety of your parking lot while boosting curb appeal at the same time, consider thermoplastic pavement marking. What is thermoplastic pavement marking? Thermoplastic pavement marking is a method used instead of traditional striping, set-fast traffic paint or asphalt paint to improve efficiency, traffic flow and pedestrian safety of a parking lot or roadway. Thermoplastic is an environmentally safe compound containing binder, pigments, filler and glass beads. They generally come in solid, pre-formed, plastic sheets and positioned on an asphalt surface. Thermoplastic pavement marking is a process that involves applying thermoplastic to an asphalt or concrete surface. After they are positioned, an infrared heater is used to heat the thermoplastic so that it turns into a liquid. Once it is heated to the correct temperature, the liquid material cools as it is being applied and ultimately, it chemically bonds to the concrete or asphalt surface.

Thermoplastic has many capabilities. These are just to name a few:

  • Handicap (ADA) Symbols
  • Crosswalks
  • Bike lanes
  • School zones
  • Directional arrows
  • Individual line striping
  • Loading zones
  • Stop bars
  • No Parking
  • Fire lanes
  • Visitor stalls
  • Do Not Block areas
  • Reserved spaces
  • Valet area
  • Custom logos and lettering

There are many benefits to thermoplastic pavement markings, including:

  • Superior performance
  • Lasts 4 to 6 times longer than paint
  • Contains retroreflective glass beads throughout material
  • Abrasion resistant for durability
  • Mechanically adheres to all asphalt pavements
  • No minimum ambient or road surface temperature requirements
  • Non-Toxic and completely safe for the environment
  • Excellent choice for high traffic parking lots or roadways
  • Engineered to minimize lane interruptions and closures
  • Allows jobs to be striped quicker
  • Does not crack, chip, or impact shatter
  • Impervious to the effects of oil and grease

If you are interested in thermoplastic paint markings for your parking lot or roadway, please contact us at info@pavementcorp.com or 855.976.8465.