Road marking tape is a widely popular product throughout the Midwest for pavement marking due to its visibility features at night and during inclement weather.
Pavement marking tape can be a large investment for the safety of the general public, so it’s important to hire the appropriate company to do the job. At Century Traffic, we are not only certified to install various tape products, but we also pride ourselves on installing the product correctly and appropriately every single time. If not installed correctly, road marking tape has the potential to end up peeling or disappearing completely, which leads to the investment being a waste of money.
Pavement marking tape will hold in the busiest of areas, making it extremely beneficial for long-term marking requirements. It also has an extremely fast turnover time, so rather than waiting for drying times, tape can be driven or walked over almost immediately following installation.
How Does Pavement Marking Tape Work?
Marking with tape is a highly labor-intensive installation process requiring diligent prep work by clearing the surface, laying the tape with precision, and ensuring the tape is properly secured to the surface. Century Traffic recommends installation of tape in a groove, but can also inlay tape onto Asphalt by roller pressing tape into the warm Asphalt.
Some common mistakes that may not allow for tape to stay in place include laying on an uneven surface, temperature or weather impacts, or lack of patience when laying the tape.
Benefits Of Road Marking Tape:
Living in the Midwest, it’s important to have pavement markings that allow for high visibility in all weather and lighting circumstances. Road marking tape is waterproof, reflective, and covers a large amount of surface area to provide visibility in all situations.
Although tape allows for a smooth and clean look on the pavement, it also remains skid-resistant. This is highly important and beneficial when driving in the rain, sleet, or snow to allow for safe driving.
Conforms to the surface
Since tape is so malleable and flexible, it’s a completely conforming material for pavement marking. This helps avoid any breaks in the material or miscommunication from what the tape is conveying to its audience. It also allows for a quick and smooth application process.
Pavement Marking Tape Work Cases
Tape is most commonly used on roads, parking lots or garages, airports, schools or playgrounds, and warehouses. As most of these are either high traffic, large vehicles, or prioritize high safety measures, road marking tape is a great solution due to the benefits that are listed above.
Some places you could expect to find Pavement Marking Tape include:
- Directional cues (arrows, turn lanes, traffic flow)
- Parking spaces
- Fire lanes
- Pedestrian safety lines (crosswalks)
- Forklift zones
- Airport route traffic
- Playground zones (hopscotch boards, maps, basketball courts)