Line Striping

Line Striping can make or break your paving project. Knowing the best practices, the best materials, and the best equipment for the job can mean the difference between having a showcase property you are proud of, and one you hope no one notices.

Why Line Striping?

Curb appeal is paramount in today’s visually focused environment.

Safety is accentuated with clear and concise pavement markings, meeting Federal, State, and Local regulations means you are within compliance. Working with the right partner will assure you are maximizing your valuable parking spaces.

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While not the most complex part of your pavement maintenance program, line striping is most certainly one of the first things visitors see.

Understanding the basics of what it takes to assure the finished product makes a positive impact can make all the difference

There are numerous paint products on the market, we can  break them down into a few simple categories

  1. Latex paints -Having become increasingly more standard, latex paints are easier to work with and cleanup. They do not require specialized handling and documentation for the contractors and they tend to be much more cost effective. Latex paints cure faster but are subject to greater temperature restrictions for application.
  2. Solvent/oil based paints – These paints are more expensive but also more durable. Solvent-based paints are recommended for high traffic areas such as roadways, airport runways and racetracks.
  3. Hot applied Thermoplastic paint -These paints have a very high level of durability, they require specialized equipment and are limited to how they are placed. As the name suggests, Thermoplastic is applied through a heating process, and the most common places to find Thermoplastic are roadway markings, like Stop Bars and Turn Arrows. The cost of Thermoplastic typically is cost prohibitive for normal commercial applications.
  4. Liquid or cold applied Thermoplastic -This is relatively new to the market, but has proven to be a great alternative in high traffic areas where cost factors preclude hot applied Thermoplastic. This paint is latex based, but has plastic polymers dissolved into it. It does carry a higher cost than Solvent and Latex paints, but can be a very good long-term choice for the cost.

The first documented use of paint on a road surface was in 1911 in Wayne County, Michigan.

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