Which Line Marking Method Is Best For Quality & Longevity?

A smart approach to line marking can cut costs, improve road surface quality, and prevent accidents. Several line marking methods exist for roads, car parks, playgrounds, outdoor sports facilities, etc. When purchasing marking materials, companies look for quality and longevity at the lowest price. It’s important to find the right balance between the three parts of the equation in order not to end up refreshing the lines on a weekly basis. Let’s discuss the three most common line marking methods used in the UK.


1. Thermoplastic Road Markings

Thermoplastic line marking materials are highly popular for their durability and longevity. When heated using special equipment, the constituent compounds – which may include reflective or anti-slip aggregates – mix together to produce road line markings that last.

The material creates a thermal bond with the asphalt, fusing itself to the surface and becoming a part of it. As a result, such markings are long-lasting and durable. Are there any drawbacks? Not really, but thermoplastic road marking does require special equipment and experienced technicians for application. In the UK, thermoplastic road marking materials are most commonly used on main roads and motorways.


2. Cold Applied Plastic Road Markings

MMA (methyl methacrylate) cold plastic road markings are durable and longer lasting than thermoplastic markings. However, when they need to be refreshed, the old markings must be removed before applying new ones. This increases the time spent on marking refreshment and money spent on labour.

This being said, cold applied markings are easy to apply. Unlike thermoplastic line markings, they don’t require special heating equipment. The material can be applied using regular painting tools.

Another advantage of cold plastic road markings is their environmental friendliness. A single, thin layer is usually sufficient, and cold plastics have a lower VOC (volatile organic compound) content than solvent-based paints. Cold plastic road markings are commonly used for car parks, school areas, and local roads.


3) Paint

Even though advanced painting materials exist, regular line marking paint is still popular. Acrylic paint is often used for low-traffic areas such as private roads, office car parks, playgrounds, parks outdoor athletic facilities, pedestrianised high streets, and more.

The key benefits of regular road paint are its low price, fast-drying time, and easy application. For some projects, these could be the deciding factors over durability and longevity.

Solvent-based paint is less environmentally friendly. When looking for the most eco-friendly option, acrylic paint is a better choice.


Which Method Is The Best For Quality & Longevity?

Thermoplastic line marking method is the most popular choice for its longevity and quality. However, both cold plastics and regular paints have their advantages depending on the project requirements. At Wilson & Scott, we offer all common types of marking materials. Give us a call to get a free quote today.

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