Understanding Thermoplastic Road Signs and Markings

Understanding Thermoplastic Road Signs and Markings

Understanding Thermoplastic Road Signs and Markings

Drivers and pedestrians need to clearly understand what is expected and required of them to ensure roadway safety. People using a road can have a greater understanding of expectations and requirements using thermoplastic markings on a roadway. Contractors specializing in asphalt paving in Dixon, CA, can guide you on using thermoplastic markings and signage on your paved surfaces.

Thermoplastic properties

Asphalt and concrete roadways often have surface-level markings created using thermoplastic technology. Thermoplastic is created using polymer resin materials that reach a homogenized liquid state when heated and a solid-state when cooled. In addition, the heating and cooling properties of thermoplastic material are reversible, meaning it can be heated, shaped, and repeatedly cooled, making the material easily recycled.

Many roadway markings and signs are created using thermoplastic material. Thermoplastic material fuses with asphalt surfaces when heated, ensuring durability and extended life span compared to reflective paints. The life of thermoplastic signs and markings is up to eight times longer than painted markings on roadway surfaces.

Thermoplastic signs and markings are an excellent choice for high-traffic roadways because of the polymer resin's crack and wear-resistant properties. It is particularly well suited for city streets, busy intersections, and high traffic parking areas due to its ability to resist the effects of snow, ice, and vehicle fluid leaks. Thermoplastic is a durable, long-lasting material that works very well for roadway and parking lot surface-level markings and signage.

Thermoplastic benefits

Thermoplastic markings and signs offer better safety elements for people using roadways during wet conditions or at night. In addition, thermoplastic roadway materials allow for the addition of glass beads that help with slip and skid resistance and reflectivity to assist with nighttime visibility problems.

Thermoplastic roadway signage is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations and the Department of Transportation (DOT) specifications on pavement markings. Thermoplastic signage is appropriate for existing and new roadways and parking lots and is suitable for symbols, arrows, numbers, letters, and lines.

Thermoplastic road sign and marking application

Year-round application of signage and markings is possible with thermoplastic materials. This cost-effective road marking and contractors can apply signage solutions quickly and easily with one person, a gas burner, and a broom. Though thermoplastic is easily applied, it is still essential to use a professional, experienced contractor to ensure that the thermoplastic markings and signs are applied neatly and offer clear and understandable roadway instruction.

Reciprocating heating technology is used to raise the temperature of thermoplastic materials to their melting point without causing any scorching. This resistance to burning ensures that the thermoplastic image is not ruined in the process of installation. In addition, once the marking or signage has cooled, it can easily handle heavy vehicle traffic patterns in mere minutes.

If you are interested in asphalt paving in Dixon, CA, contact us today for more information. We have the experience and expertise to handle all of your asphalt paving needs from beginning to end and everything in between. With over 45 years in the paving industry, our family-owned and operated company will provide you with a free estimate and a satisfaction guarantee.

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