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Road Striping Basics: Markings and Paint

Road Striping Basics: Markings and Paint
In this week’s blog, we address several road striping basics to help you become informed on different materials and markings. If your road or parking lot needs restriping, contact the team at Reliable Contracting!

We all know that clear, visible, and accurate road markings are essential for road safety, but what do all of the markings mean? What kinds of paint can be used to create clear markings in low-visibility conditions? What types of paint are best for your project? In this week’s blog, we address several road striping basics to help you become informed on different materials and markings. If your road or parking lot needs restriping, contact the team at Reliable Contracting!

Different Types of Markings

On larger roads or highways, yellow and white paint are used to create dashed, single, and double lines. While most of us know about these basic road markings, there are a few types of lines and symbols that are less well-known. Streets and parking lots often utilize blue, red, and green paint to indicate handicapped parking, fire lanes, and loading zones. Striped crosswalks (also known as “zebra crossings” across the pond) are common in both private parking lots and public roadways. Symbols and lettering are also essential in road striping. Text can be used to indicate slower traffic, bus lanes, speed limits, and turn lanes. Symbols like wheelchairs, bicycles, and arrows are also common.

Kinds of Paint Used for Road Striping

For municipalities and stretches of state or federal land, the paint used for road striping is often regulated and held to a specific set of standards. However, there are many options to consider when applying markings to privately-owned roads or parking lots. Reflective paint is popular for applications where nighttime visibility is essential, and the paint gets its reflective qualities from small glass beads that are spread before the paint is dry. While this paint is one of the most costly options out there, it is an incredible safety measure that many drivers appreciate. Thermoplastic paint is another expensive option that is popular for its ability to take a beating. Applied either hot or cold, thermoplastic paints are incredibly durable and last longer than traditional oil- or water-based paints. Although thermoplastic and reflective paints have their uses, many private and public roads can be adequately striped using basic oil-based and water-based paints. 

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Serving Maryland's Commercial & Residential Builders & Developers Since 1928 Reliable Contracting Company, Inc. maintains a reputation as a leader in the construction industry. Our clientele includes builders, developers, individuals and government agencies. With projects ranging in cost from $10,000 to over $10 million, Reliable can be seen working on Maryland's roads, highways, airports, office parks, shopping centers, hospitals, churches, and residential neighborhoods earning our reputation by providing clients with consistent quality and dedication to their projects. Reliable Contracting Co., Inc. is a Proud Member of the following organizations: Associated Builders and Contractors, Chesapeake Chapter - www.abc-chesapeake.org Maryland Asphalt Association - www.mdasphalt.org Maryland Transportation Builders and Materials Association - www.mtbma.org National Asphalt Paving Association (NAPA) - www.asphaltpavement.org West Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce - www.waaccc.org Leadership Anne Arundel - www.leadershipaa.org National Federation of Independent Business - www.nfib.com U.S. Chamber of Commerce - www.uschamber.com Homebuilders Association of MD - www.homebuilders.org
2410 Evergreen Road
Gambrills
MD
21054
USA
Serving Maryland's Commercial & Residential Builders & Developers Since 1928 Introduction Reliable Contracting Company, Inc. maintains a reputation as a leader in the construction industry. Our clientele includes builders, developers, individuals and government agencies. With projects ranging in cost from $10,000 to over $10 million, Reliable can be seen working on Maryland's roads, highways, airports, office parks, shopping centers, hospitals, churches, and residential neighborhoods earning our reputation by providing clients with consistent quality and dedication to their projects.
2410 Evergreen Road, Suite 200
Gambrills
MD
21054
USA