Thermoplastic playground markings are fun, colourful and durable designs that are applied to outdoor play surfaces using heated thermoplastics. They are commonly seen in schools, parks and recreational areas. Choosing a reputable playground marking contractor is essential to ensure a professional, safe and quality installation.
Thermoplastic markings can be used to create a range of shapes and patterns, from basic geometric shapes to letters and numbers. They can also be designed to include educational elements and support cognitive development. Many of these markings are designed with safety in mind, including hazard warnings, boundaries and designated safe zones.
When compared to paint, thermoplastic is far more durable and long-lasting. It is resistant to weather conditions, wear and tear from children’s shoes and heavy foot traffic. This makes it a more cost-effective option than paint, as it can last up to 10 years before it needs refreshing.
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Moreover, thermoplastic markings are easy to maintain and clean, making them a more desirable choice than paint. It is easy to remove existing painted playground markings by using chemical removers, but this method can damage the underlying surface and should be carried out with extreme caution.
Thermoplastic is also quicker and easier to install than paint. As all the colours are pre-mixed in advance, there is next to no chance of bleeding colour on the tarmac and installation can be completed in just a few hours. This means that children can get the most out of their new playground in no time at all.