Playground line marking is the process of painting stencils, markings and symbols on concrete or bitumen to create boundaries for games and sporting activities. Unlike paint graphics, which can fade and become worn with use, playground line marking is a durable option that can last for years to come. It can also be used to mark out different shapes, patterns and colours to create more interesting playground designs.
Professional playground marking companies use the latest technology to ensure that their work meets industry standards and is safe for children to play on. They also have extensive knowledge of the regulations and standards that apply to playgrounds. This helps them to deliver high-quality results that meet the requirements of schools and other organisations.
Thermoplastic line marking is a popular choice for school playgrounds because it offers greater durability than traditional paint graphics. It can withstand the harsh British weather and heavy footfall of pupils without losing its colour or shape. It is a cost-effective choice that is easier to install and maintain than painted lines.
Using thermoplastic for line marking on playgrounds can help to improve the quality of outdoor learning experiences, as well as encouraging social development skills in children by enabling them to interact with other students outside of the classroom. It can also encourage students to engage in outdoor physical activity, increasing the amount of fresh air and vitamin D they consume during the day.
The best time to install playground markings is during the summer, as this is when the weather is driest and the temperature is warmer. However, it is possible to use thermoplastic markings during the winter, though this is more difficult because it will require the surface to be heated.
Before starting the application of new playground markings, it is important to prepare the surface properly. This includes priming if recommended by the paint manufacturer, and applying any base coats that are needed. Once the primer and base coats are applied, it is time to start painting. It is advisable to use a spray machine for more efficient and effective coverage. Then, allow the new markings to dry completely before they can be used.
Cleaning playground markings regularly isn’t always easy, but it is necessary to keep them in good condition. Regular cleaning with a pressure washer, along with the use of non-toxic cleaning products, will help to protect the longevity of the markings and ensure that they remain safe for children to play on.
If you’re looking for hard-wearing playground markings, our range of Zebra hard surface line marking equipment is ideal. This versatile paint is suitable for professional and DIY users alike, as it can be used to mark out all sorts of lines and shapes on hard surfaces such as concrete and tarmac. It can also be used to mark out sports pitches and courts, making it a great choice for schools and local authorities. If you want a temporary solution, we also have a range of line marking spray paints that can be washed away with water after application.