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Line markings, you may not notice them on a day-to-day basis but they play a massive role in all of our lives. Whether you are driving to the supermarket, playing with your local Netball team or maybe taking your children down to the local park to burn some energy, line markings are having a big impact on the world around you. In this blog, we are going to take a look at the different  types of line markings and their application methods. 

Everything You Need To Know About Line Marking Applications

To put it simply, line marking involves the application of lines, symbols or patterns on a surface to provide information. So, when you are next out and about, take a look around you, and you’ll notice how much information we take in from the line markings around us, where to park, where to drive, what speed to be driving at… etc. It serves as a visual guide for pedestrians, drivers and workers in a number of different environments. Commonly used in transportation, manufacturing, sports, and construction. 

The Types Of Line Marking Applications

As mentioned, many different industries use line markings but let’s take a look at those in a more detail:

Road Markings

Vital for managing traffic flow and ensuring road safety, road markings include lane dividers, zebra crossings, arrows, and many other symbols. Common materials used for road markings include thermoplastic and epoxy paint, each offering their own benefits and levels of durability.  

Industrial Floor Markings

In industrial settings like warehouses, floor markings are crucial for day to day jobs. Outlining pathways, hazard zones, and storage areas to help prevent accidents, guide workflow and facilitate compliance with safety regulations. Epoxy paint is commonly used in these industrial environments due to their durability and visibility. 

Sports Hall Markings 

Whether it’s football, netball, hockey or basketball, accurate markings are essential for fair gameplay and player safety. Sports halls/facilities often use an epoxy paint, for the same reasons as an industrial setting, they are durable, so high traffic shouldn’t be an issue and well as highly visible, so when you are running at lightning speed you are still able to see the boundaries of the court. Depending on the line marking provider, you should be able to opt for anti-slip coating to help reduce slips in the sports hall. 

Car Park Markings

Essential for maximising space and ensuring smooth traffic flow, car park markings are a part of everyone’s lives on a day to day basis. As I’m sure you are aware, not everyone is great at parking within the lines, especially when you are in a rush and it’s an already full car park, but the lines still help to maintain a somewhat organised carpark. Thermoplastic paint is commonly used for car park markings due to its durable wear and cost-efficiency. It also performs best on asphalt surfaces.

disabled parking bays that have been freshly painted

Importance Of Choosing The Right Line Marking Solution

Now that we have had a look at how different industries use line markings, let’s take a look at how to choose the right line marking solution for your business. 

To put it as simply as possible, talk to a local professional who has experience in this field, they will be able to guide you on all specifications. Selecting the appropriate line marking solution is crucial to achieving the desired outcome in terms of safety, efficiency, and longevity. Factors including the surface type, environmental conditions, traffic volume and budget must all be considered when choosing line marking materials and techniques. 

Our team at Northampton Line Markings are always happy to help and guide your business in the best direction. Contact us today to enquire about line marking services. 

Paints Used In Line Marking

Now, we’ve briefly mentioned the types of paints used already but let’s delve a little deeper and understand the types of paints used and why. 

Thermoplastic Paint

Commonly used on roads and in car parks, this paint is composed of synthetic resin and glass beads. It is heated and applied to create durable markings with excellent reflectivity. It is also a cost effective solution, which is ideal when you are painting miles and miles of road at one time. One drawback is that there is a limited colour range, but given that everything road related has a specific meaning, so you can’t go painting a giveaway junction in bright pink paint! 

Methyl Methacrylate (MMA)

Not one that we have mentioned yet in this blog but is commonly used in high traffic areas, this paint has the highest durability and wear resistance. It performs well on asphalt and concrete surfaces, so both an indoor and outdoor option. You may find this paint on the floor of your local distribution centre. 

Epoxy/Polyaspartic Paints

Suitable for both internal and external applications, Epoxy line marking paint is commonly used for safety walks, loading bays and sports courts. This paint does have a few limitations including; the durability and wear resistance is highly dependant on the surface preparation, it also cannot be applied to brand new asphalt and concrete surfaces, application also is very dependent on the weather. 

For more technical information on the paints we use at Northampton Line Markings, use can head over to our technical information page or contact our team today. 

Application Methods In Line Marketing

So, we’ve covered the industries, we’ve covered the types of paints, now let’s take a look at the different application processes!

Spraying

Spraying is one of the most popular application methods. It is commonly used for larger-scale projects, the spray machines offer efficiency and uniform coverage, ensuring your road markings and car parks are as uniform as humanly possible. 

Stenciling

Stencilling involves, yes that’s right, a stencil! Not commonly used today due to technological advancements. But it’s normally used for symbols, letters and numbers, resulting in clear and consistent markings. 

Hand Application

Using brushes or rollers, hand application allows for precise detailing that is often needed for smaller areas or intricate designs. But again, due to technological advancements and the ability of today’s machinery, this can mostly be done by a machine these days. 

Applying line markings on road

Professional Line Marking Services

Benefits Of Hiring Professionals

Expertise, precision, compliance with industry standards, and machinery are just a few benefits to hiring professional line marking companies like ourselves at Northampton Line Markings. It’s important to partner with a reliable provider that understands the unique needs of your project and prioritises safety and quality. Contact us today to see how we can help you with our line marking services. 

Considerations When Choosing A Line Marking Company

When selecting a line marking company, reputation, experience, and the use of premium materials should be primary considerations. It’s essential to partner with a reliable provider that understands the unique needs of your project and prioritises safety and quality. Contact us today to see how we can help you with our line marking services. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Which line marking materials are best for asphalt surfaces?

  • For asphalt surfaces, durable and long-lasting line marking materials such as solvent-based paints or thermoplastic paints are recommended. These materials adhere well to asphalt and withstand heavy traffic.

What line marking materials are suitable for concrete surfaces?

  • Concrete surfaces require line marking materials with excellent adhesion and durability. Epoxy paints or solvent-based paints are commonly used for concrete surfaces due to their ability to bond effectively with concrete and withstand wear and tear.

Are there specific line marking materials for grass or turf surfaces?

  • Line marking materials for grass or turf surfaces should be non-toxic and environmentally friendly to avoid damaging the vegetation. Water-based paints or biodegradable marking paints are often used for temporary markings on grass or turf surfaces.

Which line marking materials work best for indoor surfaces like warehouse floors?

  • Indoor surfaces such as warehouse floors require line marking materials that offer durability and resistance to chemicals and heavy machinery. Epoxy paints are a popular choice for indoor surfaces due to their high durability and chemical resistance.

What line marking materials are suitable for sports courts or athletic fields?

  • Sports courts and athletic fields require line marking materials that provide high visibility, durability, and traction. Thermoplastic paints with added anti-skid particles are commonly used for sports surfaces to ensure player safety and performance.

Are line markings only used for outdoor applications?

  • Line markings are commonly used outdoors, but they also have indoor applications, especially in industrial settings, warehouses, and sports facilities.

How long do line markings typically last?

  • The longevity of line markings depends on various factors such as the type of material used, traffic volume, and environmental conditions. Generally, high-quality line markings can last several years with proper maintenance.

Can line markings be customised according to specific requirements?

  • Yes, professional line marking companies offer customisation options, including colours, symbols, and text, to meet the unique needs of each project.

Are there regulations governing the use of line markings?

  • Yes, there are regulations and standards set by governing bodies and industry associations to ensure the safety and effectiveness of line markings, especially in areas such as roadways and workplaces.

What are the benefits of using thermoplastic materials for line markings?

  • Thermoplastic materials offer superior durability, reflectivity, and resistance to wear and tear, making them ideal for high-traffic areas and harsh environmental conditions.
Jon Harwood

Jon is the Managing Director of Northampton Line Markings, having worked in the wider construction industry for 20+ years. He holds a wealth of knowledge and experience in all things line marking, overseeing a large number of NLM's projects - no matter the size.