Thermoplastic Striping – For Roads


What is thermoplastic striping?

Thermoplastic striping for road markings is one of the most common types of Stripe-A-Zone’s road marking services. The thermoplastic material consists of pigments, binders and glass beads. One unique characteristic of thermoplastic striping is the use of glass bead in the material, which makes the stripes reflective and visible at night. Heated to approximately 400 degrees, this type of material is melted first and then forms durable, longer lasting lines and symbols with nighttime visibility. Thermoplastic pavement marking is ready for use almost immediately, without drying time, so there is no need to shut down lanes of traffic.

Machine performing thermoplastic road striping

What’s the benefit of thermoplastic pavement markings?

If you are looking for a road-marking method that can last for several years, thermoplastic pavement marking is indeed your very cost-effective solution based on its balance between cost and performance longevity. While traffic paint usually lasts for a year in low traffic areas, and even less in higher traffic roads, thermoplastic striping will outlast regular paint by many types. By choosing thermoplastic road and parking lot striping, you can maintain road markings in good condition for years to come, and additionally, save your road markings budget. In particular, many states require that higher-volume highways are restriped up to three times a year with paint, but only every two years with thermoplastic markings.

Striping is a vital part of road paving job, and thermoplastic road markings are the best choice for finishing the project. It doesn’t crack, chip or shatter from impact. The process allows for quicker striping and long lasting results. Therefore, thermoplastic striping has dominated the traffic marking industry for decades and continued to be the product of choice because of its durability, long wearing traits, and reflectiveness.

Stripe-A-Zone & our road markings expertise

Stripe-A-Zone is ready and properly equipped to handle any TX DOT and LA DOT thermoplastic road striping needs. Whether it’s Type I or Type II TX DOT (Texas Department of Transportation) or LA DOT (Louisiana Department of Transportation) spec materials – Stripe-A-Zone is ready and available to handle any public or private road marking job.

We have served many municipalities in the United States. Some of Stripe-A-Zone’s thermoplastic striping LA DOT jobs include: a large piece of Interstate 12 in New Orleans and a large part of Interstate 10 from New Orleans to Baton Rouge. Our TX DOT thermoplastic pavement marking jobs include: Dallas North Tollway, Victoria Country, Bexar County, Tarrant County, and Menard County.

Please check out our DFW Horseshoe Project, which will widen interstate highways I-30 and I-35 to 23 lanes with temporary and permanent thermoplastic striping methods. We are excited to help accommodate about 500,000 daily commuters after the completion of the project in 2017.

To keep your roads free from worn-out markings and ensure the safety of drivers and pedestrians, contact Stripe-A-Zone now for a free estimate of your road striping and pavement marking needs.

Side view photo of a thermalplastic longliner that Stripe-a-Zone uses. An 18 wheeler truck built with premelting technology and also has an adjacent fork lift.