Thermoplastic Markings

Thermoplastic Markings South Florida

By the second decade of the 20th century, there were almost 7 million vehicles on American roads, and it became increasingly obvious that a system of pavement markings was desperately needed to make streets and highways safer. Initially, cities, states, and even some individuals began using whatever type and color of paint they had available to apply centerlines to particularly treacherous stretches of highways or heavily trafficked streets. Eventually, a standard system was developed so that drivers would not be confused by the multitude of colors, styles, and meanings. Standardization of parking lot markings, which borrowed heavily from standardized road markings, took a little longer. However, although a variety of paint formulas were introduced, paint remained the material of choice for many decades. That began to change with the introduction of thermoplastic markings.

What Is Thermoplastic?

Thermoplastics are polymers that possess some unique qualities. When heated to a high temperature, thermoplastics become soft enough to be easily molded or shaped, and they retain that shape when they cool. There are many different thermoplastics, but you probably have a number of thermoplastic products in your home. For example, milk jugs, margarine tubs, some grocery bags, liquid detergent bottles, and many toys, telephones, and nonstick coatings on cookware contain thermoplastics. You may also find them on your car in the form of headlight covers, hoses, and cables. In short, thermoplastics are everywhere.

What Advantages Are Offered by Thermoplastic Markings?

Thermoplastic striping can deliver several important benefits. Depending on your situation, you may find some of the benefits more critical than others.

1. Longevity: Painted lines typically have a life of around two years. Thermoplastic markings has an average life of six to eight years. Therefore, although your initial costs will be slightly higher for thermoplastic markings, the additional cost can be more than offset over time.

2. Minimal Disruption: Painted lines require road closures that are longer in distance as well as in time. This can lead to traffic jams or other disruptions. When applying thermoplastics, the traffic will be disrupted for a much shorter distance, and the speedy hardening process means that the closed area can begin receiving traffic much sooner than the time required for paint to dry.

3. Visibility: Reflective beads can enhance visibility on wet pavements or at night. When reflective beads are applied on top of painted lines, the beads quickly wear away. Thermoplastics can incorporate reflective beads throughout the entire thickness of the material, so the lines remain more visible.

4. Damage Resistance: Unlike paint, thermoplastics are highly resistant to petrochemicals, including oil, brake fluid, diesel, power steering fluid, and gasoline. Paint can suffer damage that results in peeling, cracking, or flaking, but this is not the case with thermoplastics.

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5. Environmental Safety: Many paints emit volatile organic compounds that can pose problems for the environment. Thermoplastics emit no VOCs.

If you would like to learn more about thermoplastic markings, contact 3-D Paving & Sealcoating. We also offer asphalt paving, parking lot striping, traditional pavement markings, concrete grinding, asphalt resurfacing, parking lot signs, concrete sidewalks, asphalt milling, reflective pavement markers, concrete curbs, speed bumps, concrete ramps, ADA compliance, concrete parking lots, bollard installation, paver bricks, concrete gutters, and asphalt sealcoating. We are a family-owned and -operated company with an impeccable reputation for outstanding craftsmanship and exemplary service. We offer free quotes, so initiate your request today by submitting the online form, calling our Coral Springs office at 855-735-7623, or sending an email to

Benefits of Thermoplastic

Understand that there are plenty of benefits to having these road markings, and here are 5 of the most important ones!

Road Safety

Safety is the main benefit when it comes to thermoplastic road markings. They can be seen at night and under poor weather conditions.


Durability is also an important part of the road marking infrastructure, and thermoplastic markings last a long time and can improve skid resistance.

A Range of Applications

They offer a diverse range of applications, as these markings can be used for roads and parking lots, but also for bicycle lanes, bus lanes, and disabled parking spaces.


Thermoplastic pavement markings & R.P.M.s are cost-effective due to the fact that they are low-maintenance and long-lasting.

Minimal Downtime

The speed with which these markings can be applied makes them efficient and effective when it comes to improving the roads.

Contact 3-D Paving and Sealcoating today to get a quote for your Thermoplastic needs.

Contact 3-D Paving and Sealcoating today to get a quote for your Thermoplastic needs.