Preventative maintenance is very important for asphalt pavements and roadways. There are several maintenance activities that you are required to do to ensure that your asphalt driveways and parking lots are fully functional and that they last for a very long time. For instance, you need to sealcoat your asphalt pavements with a protective sealant. You should also inspect your asphalt pavements and roadways regularly to check for any cracks and/or potholes. Such defects should be repaired immediately to avoid deterioration. Asphalt striping is not a preventative maintenance task. But it’s one of the most important processes in asphalt paving. Asphalt striping involves the application of various marks and signs on an asphalt pavement, roadway, or parking lot. You can mark or stripe your asphalt surfaces with paint or with molten thermoplastic. There are several important things that you need to know about asphalt striping and we will discuss all of them below.
It’s Mainly Done For Safety, Space Division, And Beauty
The main reasons why asphalt pavements, roadways, driveways, and parking lots are line striped is for safety and beauty. The most common type of striping is road division. This is where you divide a roadway into several lanes using paint or molten thermoplastic. This striping also involves separating the pedestrian lane from the main roadway. Dividing the road into these different lanes ensures that all vehicles use separate lanes and hence do not collide. Modern line striping techniques and materials reflect light at night to further enhance safety. Line striping is also used to mark crossings, slow down spots, speed limits, and to give directions. All these measures enhance safety on your asphalt roadways and pavements. Another major use of line striping is in parking lot design. This is where different parking slots are marked in a parking lot. This helps prevent confusion, optimize space usage, and also enhance safety. Line striping is also used for aesthetic purposes. You cannot deny the fact that a newly line striped asphalt surface is very attractive. The yellow or white stripes really contrast with that shiny black asphalt surface to create a stunning look.
Thermoplastic Striping Is The Best
As mentioned above, you can either use paint or molten thermoplastic to line stripe your asphalt roadways, pavements, and parking lots. But thermoplastic has proven to be the better option for striping asphalt surfaces. For starters thermoplastic is cheaper and more durable than paint. It’s also highly reflective even at night, which means enhanced safety. Thermo striping dries very fast enabling road users to resume with their affairs after a short time.
It’s A Legal Requirement
Asphalt striping is a legal requirement in Anderson road construction. In fact line striping is a legal requirement everywhere. You are required by law to stripe your parking lot in accordance with the guidelines and standards featured in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Simply put, you have to leave some parking spots for the disabled.
Restriping Is Important
Your asphalt surfaces should always bear visible stripes. You should check the stripes on your asphalt pavements and parking lots for fading after a few years to ensure that they are still visible. If the stripes are not quite visible, have the asphalt surfaces restriped.