The layout of our roads are all defined by thermoplastic line markings, indicating everything from the middle of the road to when we need to slow down. There is sometimes a need for these road markings to be removed when roads are being changed or updated, sometimes there is a need for these road markings to be removed. However, these road markings are designed to be permanent and the removal of them therefore requires specific equipment.
The thermoplastic is a powder paint and when first applied, a hot melt kettle is used to heat it so that it can then be sprayed onto the road.
Problems with Removal
Traditionally, road markings have been removed by burning them off. However, this not only produces toxic fumes that are dangerous to people’s health, but they also damage the road surface and can require more work on road maintenance. This method has many disadvantages and isn’t actually very effective in its removal, as it can sometimes fail to completely remove the lines.
Our Approach to Thermostatic Road Marking Removal
There are some situations where road markings need to be removed to make way for a new road layout and new road markings. In this process, it is beneficial to remove markings using a method that will leave the rest of the road intact, to prevent further work needing to be done on the road.
Removing thermoplastic line markings need to be tackled using the right equipment. With the use of high-pressure water jets that are machine-controlled, our team are fully-trained in thermoplastic road marking removal. Whether road markings are red, white, yellow, or more – our electronic machines are able to propel itself both backwards and forwards, being able to cater to almost any sized project.
One of the key benefits of using this method is that no harsh chemicals or abrasives are required to remove the thermoplastic line markings. Water jetting actually removes the markings quicker than alternative abrasive methods, and they ensure that no damage is done to the road itself.
The process also prevents damage to the environment as no debris, smoke, or fumes are produced – therefore cutting down pollution to the surrounding environment.
The efficiency of water jets in thermoplastic road marking removal means that tasks can be completed swiftly and roads can be finished and ready for use as quickly as possible. Efficiency is required in tasks like this to reduce the down-time of a road and to ensure safety of users so that, if a road is open without road markings, it is for a limited time.
If you require the removal of thermoplastic line markings and are looking for an efficient and cost-effective process, please contact us today to find out more.