Regardless of whether you are working on a big government project, or working on your parking lot, choosing the right materials for pavement materials is critical. There are different types of pavement materials, and they work well for various projects. To get the best results, you have to work with materials that best suit your project.

Here are insights on pavement marking materials that will help you make the right pick.

1. Pavement marking tapes

They can be used for permanent and temporary pavement markings. They come in varying continuous rolls of different lengths and width. For temporary use, they are applied in construction projects then removed on completion. As you may be aware, asphalt is used for pavements but tends to wear during the cold weather. 

Pavement and road marking tapes can be used temporarily to protect the asphalt and at the same time, ensure that the pavement is marked: then removed later when the weather is conducive. 

2. Solvent-based paint

Solvent-based is the most commonly used paint in pavement marking. The material is popular due to its many benefits. For one, it is durable. For instance, while asphalt gets damaged in cold-weather, solvent-based paint remains intact as it is resistant to freezing. Also, it does not break down as water-based paint does. It is also very affordable. 

However, there is one set-back. You might not be able to use solvent-based paint in some states. In the effort to conserve the environment, people are going green by avoiding using the paints. There are several solvents that can be used. They include acetone and epoxy. 

3. Thermoplastic paint

Thermoplastic paint is flexible, just like solvent-based paint. The application is made in tons of ways. It can be sprayed, used as a ribbon, or preformed. On top of the overall benefit of making roads and parking lots safer, using thermoplastic paint for road marking has some advantages over other materials.

One is that it is durable. Provided it is applied correctly, it will stay intact for a long time. More so, it does not require regular maintenance, something that also makes it cost-effective. There are disadvantages of using thermoplastic for pavement marking. As much as they are profitable on the durability side, the initial cost is actually higher than that of regular paint. 

When it comes to application, it is a bit limiting. Special equipment and training are needed for the job.

While looking for construction materials, you have to be particular. The kind of materials you use will determine the quality of the finished project and also the durability. Pavement marking materials come in many forms. It is essential to be aware of the different attributes of the materials. Knowing the advantages and disadvantages will help you leverage the best product for your project and know how to extend its life. 

The insights above will be useful as you prepare for your pavement marking project. It will help both in budgeting and finding materials that best suit your needs. 


Published by Matthew Piggot