Preformed thermoplastic is an easy-to-apply material which allows the creation of durable small-scale markings. The marking components are preformed and just have to be arranged correctly on the road surface. By passing the hot flame of a burner over the preformed marking, it melts and creates a durable bond with the substrate. Only your imagination is the limit to the multitude of solutions that can be created with preformed thermoplastic on streets and roads, playgrounds, school yards, sports fields, and corporate areas.
Pavement marking tapes constitute another form of preformed markings. The tapes come slit in rolls of various widths and as symbols and legends. Standard colours are white and yellow, customised colours available upon request. The polymer-based tapes are suitable for any kind of intersection, center line or edge line markings and offer an interesting solution to also highlight hospital or fire brigade exits or handicapped parking spaces. Tapes are robust and easy to apply, which minimizes traffic disturbance during the marking work. The retro reflectivity of SWARCO’s tapes delivers outstanding visibility under any weather and traffic circumstances. The tapes have a preapplied adhesive backing, so no sophisticated marking equipment is needed. In order to ensure optimum bonding on the road, the surface should be primed before applying the tape.
Thermoplastic is a hot-applied road marking compound for the creation of highly reflective stripings with long-term performance. Thermoplastic is based on either alkyd or hydrocarbon resins and contains a significant portion of premix glass beads. The material is available as powder or in preformed blocks. Due to the necessary melting process when applying thermoplastic to the road surface, more sophisticated road marking equipment is required. Different methods are available, depending on the requirements of the final marking. The PE bags in which the thermoplastic is packaged are part of the formula and therefore no waste is produced during the application process. Thermoplastic markings are of high quality and excel through improved durability, excellent reflection properties at night and day and in wet conditions. Moreover, thermoplastics can be used to achieve additional security features like delineation with an acoustic and rumbling effect.