How Do AlturnaMATS Save Money Over Plywood?

AlturnaMATS, a durable, reusable solution for protecting landscapes and creating heavy-duty temporary roadways, can be a lifesaver for jobsites with marshy ground or fragile turf. But since these mats require a higher financial investment than plywood, many businesses and contractors don't realize that they can actually save them money overall. Here are a few ways you can save money when you invest in AlturnaMATS.

1. Eliminating the need to purchase plywood between jobs

Buying plywood can be a drag because not only do you have to buy it over and over again, but you also have to factor in the cost when bidding for a job. Whether you're planning to use it to protect a lawn, provide traction in a swampy or sandy area, or keep your machines from leaving unsightly muddy ruts, it can seem like a necessary expense. But AlturnaMATS can do away with all that. Once you have a supply of these mats, you won't have to buy more between jobs. They're totally reusable (and have a limited warranty for life), which means that even though they cost more than plywood at the outset, they'll quickly start to pay for themselves simply in saved plywood procurement costs.

2. Saving labor and time spent on replacing and disposing of plywood

AlturnaMATS can last for years and years, unlike plywood. In fact, they have a limited lifetime warranty that guarantees they'll perform well without suffering from common problems that plywood has, such as splintering and chipping. Because of this, you don't have to waste manpower and labor hours (which both cost money) in procuring and disposing of these mats in between jobs, as may be the case when using plywood.

3. Saving money spent on cleanup and restoration of landscaping

If you currently use plywood for landscape protection, you've probably noticed that it has a number of weaknesses when used to protect grass. For one thing, it tends to splinter and can easily become waterlogged. And for another, it can actually kill the grass you're trying to protect! When left in place for more than a couple of days, the opaque material will "starve" the grass of light until it yellows and withers.  AlturnaMATS are different because they come in both white and clear plastic (as well as black plastic for non-lawn applications). The light that passes through the white or clear plastic can keep the grass alive and thriving throughout the whole project, even on long jobs that last over a week, meaning that you won't have to spend the manpower and money on restoration afterward.

Keeping turf green and healthy, staying intact and usable for years at a time, and providing convenient setup and a lifetime warranty are a few major ways that AlturnaMATS can help you save money. When you calculate just how much money you can save on plywood purchases alone when you switch to AlturnaMATS, then factor in all the other ways it helps you save money, this reusable, Earth-friendly option becomes a clear winner.

Florida Transcor has a wide selection of AlturnaMATS available for purchase. Click here to browse our selection.


Why AlturnaMATS Are Better On a Jobsite Than Plywood

AlturnaMATS are a great solution for making temporary access roadways and protecting lawns from vehicles and heavy machinery. You may have heard about these thick plastic mats and wished you could afford them, but you may not have fully realized how much money they can save you and how many benefits they offer when substituted for plywood. Here are just a few ways in which AlturnaMATS offer better performance than plywood on a jobsite.

Saving time and money

Plywood can perform the crucial service of keeping your heavy equipment from tearing up the ground, but nobody expects it to last very long. So you may have to buy new plywood for each new job, or at least every few jobs, but if you use durable plastic mats in place of plywood, that won't be the case. AlturnaMATS can save time and money by:

  • Allowing you to leave them in place without leaving grass in the dark and killing it (if you choose the white or clear mats)
  • Locking together end-to-end with "Turn-a-links," making the ride over the new "roadway" smoother and more secure
  • Standing up to hard wear, so you don't have to stop in the middle of the job to replace a splintered section
  • Repelling water rather than absorbing it, so you don't have to deal with or replace water-damaged sections
  • Being easy and fast to set up, minimizing time expenditure and personnel needed for setup

Greening your business and project

In addition to being gentle to lawns so you can avoid tearing up or otherwise killing and maiming the landscaping, AlturnaMATS are also great for the Earth as a whole. When you substitute them for plywood, you're not only keeping that plywood out of the landfill and saving trees, you're also keeping plastic out of the landfill. That's because these mats (the black and white varieties) are made of recycled polyethylene. All AlturnaMATS are also fully recyclable, allowing you to protect lawns with almost zero impact on natural resources. 

Providing guaranteed strong, high-performance roadways

AlturnaMATS are much stronger and more water-resistant than plywood is. They can be used on a variety of surfaces, such as mud and sand, and even have better heat and cold resistance. And in fact, they have a limited lifetime warranty to prove it. The warranty covers damage, such as chipping or splintering, that occurs during recommended use. In other words, these mats are literally guaranteed to perform well on the jobsite, unlike plywood.

Keeping customers happy

Despite your assurances that you'll repair any damage, no customer really likes seeing the damage that their grass can suffer when it's covered by a sheet of wood for days on end. Using white or clear AlturnaMATS for lawn work can allow the light to make its way through to the grass and virtually eliminate browning, allowing you to keep your customers happier. 

As you can see, AlturnaMATS have a number of benefits that set them much higher on the "great-at-a-job-site" scale than plywood. Many contractors use plywood simply because they don't know they have a better option, but you don't have to make that mistake.

Florida Transcor has a wide selection of AlturnaMATS available for purchase. Click here to browse our selection.


What are the Differences Between Guardrail and Barrier Wall Delineators?

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Barrier wall delineators provide guidance at night and in adverse weather conditions. In low light conditions guardrails can practically disappear causing hazardous driving conditions. Guardrail and barrier wall delineators mounted in a close manner provide a continuous ribbon of reflectivity.  Statistics show that 50% of all fatal accidents occur at night. Adding bright delineation to the guardrails and barrier walls reduces accidents and prevents injuries.

Guardrail Mounted Reflectors

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Guardrail Mounted Reflectors (shown on the right) can be applied to W-beam guardrails, box beam guardrails, wood guardrail posts, I-beam guardrail posts, bridge approaches, hills, curves, off-ramps and wrong way areas. In choosing your reflectors, which are available in white or yellow, the barrier wall delineator should be the same color as the roadway edge lines. They are available by the each or in boxes of 200 for quantity discounts.

Barrier wall delineators

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Barrier Wall Delineators (shown on the right) can be applied to delineate temporary concrete barriers, permanent concrete barrier walls, concrete bridge parapets and used on top of wooden guardrail posts. Pre-drilled holes make installation quick and easy. They are available by the each or in boxes of 100 for quantity discounts.

Florida TransCor stocks the two barrier wall and guardrail delineators that are approved on the Florida Department of Transportation Qualified Product List.

How to set yourself up for successful thermoplastic application

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Thermoplastic Application is a science. When the process is performed correctly, the result is clean, skid proof, crack resistant, durable lines and symbols on asphalt or Portland cement. The product should have an effective performance life that adds value to parking lots and street paving projects. Using good products from reputable manufacturers and suppliers means that pavement markings have significant environmental resistance, perform well in low temperature and high-temperature settings without cracking or peeling. In short, good quality thermoplastic products do their job perfectly year after year. In the following article, we look at how to set up the thermoplastic application so that the results are compliant and long-lasting. The process for setting thermoplastic application is as follows, but should always be applied following the manufacturer's suggested methods. 

Understand the Surface

Thermoplastic application works for asphalt and Portland cement. In the case of Portland cement, if the surface is from a newly poured project then the curing layer on the cement must be removed by sandblasting. If the Portland cement surface is not prepped by sandblasting, then the thermoplastic material will not adhere properly, and many of the desired properties of thermoplastic will fail. In short, without proper preparation, the life the project will shorten, the markings may lift off in weather or crack. The result would be a poor return on investment for the parking lot owner or the municipality. 

Working with new asphalt is not a problem. Markings and pre-formed figures can go on to new asphalt the same day in which the asphalt is laid. According to the Institute of Transportation Engineers via their Traffic Control Devices Handbook, there are two types of thermoplastics. The first type of thermoplastic does not require that the road surface be preheated before the product is applied. The second type requires that the surface of the road be preheated to manufacturer's recommendation prior to the installation of the product. As such, it is important to know which type of product you are working with before application.  

Understand the Product

Fl. Transcor sells three types of thermoplastics. The first product is approved by AASHTO. The second is approved by the Department Of Transportation. The third general road marking material that comes in a solid form and then liquefies when heated according to package directions. 

  • Thermoplastic AASHTO specified: Solid that liquefies when heated. Uses hot application and contains a binder, pigments, filler, and glass beads. Good for asphalt or concrete but requires primer for concrete. 

  • Thermoplastic DOT specified: Solid that liquefies when heated. Uses hot-application and contains a binder, pigments, filler, and glass beads. Perfect for asphalt application and concrete applications, but requires primer for use on concrete surfaces. 

  • General Thermoplastic Road Marking Material: Solid that liquefies when heated. Uses hot application and contains binder, pigments, filler, and glass beads. Good for asphalt or concrete but requires primer for concrete. 

While the products all seem to offer the same, their approval by one agency or another makes them different. It is important to understand which agency has jurisdiction over your project. FL Transcor also stocks and sells pre-formed thermoplastic shapes and symbols that make your project uniform, code compliant, and easier. Shapes include arrows, bike figure, lettering, wide strips, numbering, and thin strips. 

If you would like more information about thermoplastics or any of the products that FL Transcor sells, visit the thermoplastic section of our website or call us toll-free.

Reflective Safety Gear: Keeping Your Crew Safe

When should you wear reflective safety gear? The answer seems obvious, but it is just a little more complicated than just wearing the reflective gear at night. In this article, we explore the situations where reflective gear helps to create a safe working environment and a few other instances when reflective safety gear makes the difference.

Reflective Safety Gear as a Tool of Safety

The reflective aspects of safety gear were added to make safety gear stand out during low-light situations and at night. As such, reflective safety gear should be worn at night and also during the day. As a safety standard, protective clothing with reflective strips should be mandatory for all jobs. In the daytime, the bright colors help to keep workers safe, and as the sun begins to set, the reflectiveness of the strips help equipment operators, drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians to identify workers.

The primary reason reflective clothing was adopted was to help drivers see the location of road workers. According to the CDC, California, Texas, and Florida are the three states that are ranked the highest for construction zone automobile accidents that lead to the deaths of highway workers. Reflective clothing also helps to prevent injuries and deaths of workers who work in the path of or near heavy equipment. Even in the daytime the brightly colored clothing makes a difference to the safety of highway workers, construction workers, and even pedestrians.

When Is it Necessary to Wear Reflective Safety Gear?

The obvious answer is at night, and since many states now do highway construction at night, the safety of those workers becomes paramount. Reflective safety equipment should also be mandatory in the daytime as the quality of light changes. Early mornings and evenings are times when lighting may not be enough for brightly colored clothing alone to keep people safe. The reflective stripes pick up light from headlamps and daytime running lights and work to keep workers safer. If you work in a building with equipment, such as new construction sites, then reflective safety equipment is a must.

Pedestrians: If you jog, ride a bike, or walk the dog early in the morning, or in the evening, then reflective safety clothing should become part of your uniform. Children who walk to school or ride bikes should also wear reflective clothing. Any time you are near traffic consider wearing reflective clothing such as a vest.

Reflective Safety Gear Options

The primary piece of reflective safety gear is the standard yellow or orange work vest. They come in a variety of styles and offer a range of reflective striping. Some safety vests have additional striping that work well in high-risk work areas. Others are standardized and work well for pedestrians. The benefit of safety vest is increased visibility, but for kids and adults, they fold easily and can be taken in a backpack. As more people ride their bikes to work, safety vests become the standard go-to safety gear for those who share the road with cars. Reflective safety tape can also be used to add reflectivity to hard hats and other safety clothing.

Increase the safety and protection of your entire workforce by making top-grade reflective safety gear mandatory for all of your workers 24 hours per day. FL TransCor offers an amazing selection of reflective safety gear at great prices. Invest in the safety of your team today.

Wheel Chocks

Wheel chocks (or chocks) are wedges of sturdy material placed closely against a vehicle's wheels to prevent accidental movement. Chocks are placed for safety in addition to setting the brakes. The bottom surface is sometimes coated in rubber to enhance grip with the ground.

Manufactured with highly durable, lightweight polyurethane, which lasts longer than wooden chocks, never needs painting and eliminates Foreign Object Damage threats for aircraft. Wheel Chocks fit the curvature of the tire to absorb wheel-squat during loading and fueling operations. They also feature molded-in soft base for increased traction. These chocks are sold in pairs with a 3/8 in. x 24 in. replaceable polyester rope lanyard connecting the two chocks together. Custom rope lengths are available. Ideal for business, commercial, cargo and military aircraft.

Florida TransCor provides wheel chocks for use with trucks, trailers, pickups, aviation and utility vehicles.

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Goodyear Rubber Wheel Chock

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GOODYEAR (and wingfoot design) is a trademark of The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, Akron, Ohio USA used under license by Checkers Industrial Safety Products, LLC. For use with up to 32” tire size and under. Dual use Goodyear Wheel Chocks are manufactured with highly durable, rubber construction. These chocks are ideal for use with over-the-road trucks, trailers, pickups and utility vehicles.

Aviation Wheel Chock

aviation wheel chock

MONSTER® SERIES AVIATION WHEEL CHOCKS are designed for large to over-sized aircraft and aviation equipment. They are manufactured with highly durable, lightweight polyurethane, which lasts longer than wooden chocks, never needs painting and eliminates Foreign Object Damage threats for aircraft. These chocks can be ordered with a rope carrying handle and are ideal for business, commercial, cargo and military aircraft.

General Purpose Wheel Chock

general purpose wheel chock

MONSTER® SERIES GENERAL PURPOSE WHEEL CHOCKS for ground vehicles are manufactured with highly durable, lightweight polyurethane and are 3rd party tested, certified, and trusted by fleets globally. These chocks are ideal for use with over-the-road trucks, trailers, pickups, and utility vehicles. Rated for vehicles with tire sizes up to 35 in. (88.9 cm) diameter, and gross vehicle operating weight up to 30,000 lbs. (13,636 kg). UC1700 Wheel Chocks are available in singles or pairs (pairs of wheel chocks are attached with a 48″ long piece of 5/8″ Nylon rope between the chocks).

Heavy Duty Wheel Chock

heavy wheel chock

MONSTER® HEAVY DUTY WHEEL CHOCKS for ground vehicles are manufactured with highly durable, lightweight polyurethane and they feature a larger base that makes them ideal for use with heavy equipment such as haul trucks, loaders, and cranes. MC3012 Wheel Chocks are for mine haul trucks with tire sizes up to 142″ (241.3 cm) diameter and gross vehicle operating weight up to 855,000 lbs. (725,748 kg). Maximum rated payload of 240 tons. Chock is design for normal haul road grades.

Cars Remain Protected With the Use of Car Stops

concrete car stops

A parking space commonly contains a car stop which is a barrier used to prevent cars from pulling too far into the space and obstructing a neighboring parking space, curb, or sidewalk. Florida TransCor has several types available to suit your parking lot needs.

Concrete car stops, or parking blocks, are always a great choice for durability and longevity. Florida TransCor has Single Face 6’ concrete car stops and Double Face 6’ concrete car stops in stock. Double Facing car stops can be used for parking spaces that face each other and are a money saver as one can be used for two spots. Florida TransCor’s concrete car stops come complete with two rebar spikes to hold the car stops in place.

Plastic Car Stops are made of recycled color molded solid plastic. Available in Yellow, Gray, White, and Blue. Florida TransCor’s plastic car stops are constructed with color molded throughout and are so durable that they are guaranteed against breakage. 100% recycled LDPE plastic resists scuffing and tire marks and the sloped ends minimize trip hazards.

Rubber car stops are safer and more durable. Made of black recycled rubber, with either white or yellow in-molded highway reflective tape, which ensures visibility and pedestrian safety. Unlike concrete or plastic, which necessitate frequent replacements, recycled rubber car stops have increased longevity providing long term cost savings. Available in blue colored rubber and white in-molded tape for handicap parking spaces. Also available in terracotta for property owners / managers who are looking to enhance the aesthetic value of their property.

Arrow Boards are an Effective Form of Traffic Control

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Arrow Boards are additional advance warning traffic control devices used where a lane(s) is closed and traffic must merge with other traffic in an adjacent lane. Florida TransCor has several Arrow Board options available to suit your work zone safety needs.

Trailer Mounted Arrow Boards

Two types of trailer mounted Arrow Boards available are Vertical-Mast Arrow Boards and Folding-Frame Arrow Boards.

Vertical-Mast Arrow Boards

Vertical Arrow Board Trailers have a display panel that remains vertical at all times and can be rotated to face traffic. They also feature W|ECO® technology, a power system that benefits the environment without sacrificing performance. W|ECO Arrow Boards set the highest standards of quality and performance in the industry.

Folding-Frame Arrow Boards

The new generation of W|ECO® Arrow Boards is even more power-efficient. Innovative engineering employs a unique power system that uses small, ecofriendly batteries. The result is a remarkable technology that benefits the environment without sacrificing performance. W|ECO Arrow Boards set the highest standards of quality and performance in the industry.

LED Solar Arrow Board Trailers

Powered by a battery storage bank charged by a self-erecting, shadow-free solar panel, these environment-friendly arrow board trailers are available with either 15 or 25 light displays. The lamps are guaranteed for 5 years with an estimated life of 20 years. Display options include Left arrow, Right arrow, Sequencing left arrow, Sequencing right arrow, Caution/warning bar, Four point/corner caution or Double arrow.

Skid-Mounted Arrow Boards

Skid-Mounted Arrow Boards are the most power-efficient in the industry. They feature low power consumption, a self-contained power supply, and a control module with a 30-foot cable for mounting inside a truck cab or elsewhere. The rigid skid can be affixed to a truck bed or any rigid footing, and keeps the arrow board firmly in place. They are selfpowered and you can choose a fixed-position or pivoting skid. The Skid-Mounted Arrow Board is available with either a 15 or 25 light option and meets MUTCD. 

Vehicle-Mounted Arrow Boards

Vehicle-mount arrow boards provide an obvious solution for convoys, crash-cushion (TMA) trucks and emergency repair crews. Available in four sizes, with the same features as our trailer-mount models, Wanco’s proprietary LED design provides wide angularity and superior visibility. Wanco also has the largest selection of mounting options available for vehicle mount arrow boards. The Vehicle-Mounted Arrow Board is available with either a bed or tailgate mount. Electric power-tilt is an optional convenience and Wanco’s Vehicle-Mounted Arrow Boards meet MUTCD.

Three important modes included on the Arrow Boards for work zone safety are the arrow and chevron mode, which are used for lane closures, and the caution mode which is used for shoulder work, blocking the shoulder or roadside work near the shoulder. Trailer mounted Arrow Boards are required for certain long term traffic control and road work situations but quick transport to an emerging situation is a logistical issue. In response to that, many DOTs are now utilizing truck mounted Arrow Boards to allow fast reaction to emergencies as well as to perform routine maintenance. Quickly closing lanes blocked by vehicles and illuminating a work zone properly can save lives.

For safety reasons, proper placement of the Arrow Boards is an essential component in setting up the work zone. It is very important to locate the arrow display an accurate distance from the roadwork to allow appropriate reaction time by approaching drivers. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, where the shoulder is narrow, the arrow display should be located in the closed lane. The effective placement of arrow boards is contingent on sight visibility; attention must be paid to the road geometry and speed of the roadway when determining placement. For multiple lane closures, the arrow board should be placed at the beginning of the taper.

Florida TransCor carries Wanco arrow boards which play an essential role in keeping the work zone safe. Highly visible, easy to operate, rugged and dependable, Wanco arrow boards set the standard. Wanco has several arrow board models to fit your specific needs, including models with environmentally friendly W|ECO® Technology, the most power-efficient arrow boards in the industry.

Four situations that require the addition of glass beads to road paint

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When planning the purchase of glass beads for your road marking projects, one of the big questions is how many to buy. And the determining factor is where and when you'll be using them. Because glass beads are used in conjunction with road paint, you can use line thicknesses and lengths to help calculate how many you need, but you'll still need to determine which areas will include the beads. Here are four situations that require the additional reflectivity and visibility that glass beads have to offer.

1. Night driving

Glass beads lend a reflective power called retroreflection that makes it much easier for drivers to see the road at night. This is especially true when the road is not otherwise well-lit. In a busy city, streetlights may combine with headlights to form a higher visibility situation. However, on country roads and in rural areas, the car's headlights may not provide enough visibility to keep a driver safe. This is especially a concern on winding roads with relatively high speed limits. Retroreflection, provided by the beads, reflects more light back at the driver so that the driver can see markings better and at a greater distance. In this way, glass beads help improve sight lines and driving confidence at night.

2. Wet roads or low visibility

When the road is wet, it tends to reflect not only headlights but also streetlights and traffic lights across its whole surface. This can thoroughly disorient a driver. The sun is often invisible during a storm as well, and heavy cloud cover may combine with blinding rain in an attempt to turn day into night. Retroreflection in this situation can help road markings stand out from the other reflections on the road. This focused reflection also helps break through the haze of fog and rain (or sleet or snow) that a driver may be struggling through.

3. Hazardous conditions

Any areas where elevated hazard levels exist, whether because of pedestrian crossings, school zones, or other factors, require more traffic markings and higher visibility. Identify areas that have these types of hazards nearby and areas that have historically seen frequent motor vehicle accidents. Adding glass beads in these situations is a necessary precaution that can help reduce the likelihood of accidents and improve overall safety.

4. Budget constraints

Using glass beads with your road markings is actually more expensive up front, so you may be wondering why budget constraints would be an argument in favor of this expense. It's because the beads lend not only retroreflectivity but also durability to your road paint. They can make your paint last up to four times as long, meaning that you'll save money on future re-striping.

These four points provide guidelines to where you should use glass beads in road markings. Use them to help you analyze the needs of the area you're re-striping. Consider the project area carefully and ask yourself if it's a hazardous area or if it has a history of accidents, limited night lighting, or limited visibility in storms. Then consider the money you can save by using glass beads as you make your final decision. For more information on glass beads and other road markings, contact Florida Transcor today.

Why is hydroblasting is the best removal method for roadway markings?

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Whether you're changing traffic patterns or simply replacing damaged or peeling roadway markings, it's important to properly prepare the road surface before you re-paint. Part of the preparation process includes getting rid of old markings to avoid confusing drivers. Regulations prohibit simply painting over old markings to obscure them, so physical removal is required. Several removal techniques have been developed over the years. Hydroblasting, also known as "water blasting," is one of the most efficient and earth-friendly of these techniques. Read on for four reasons why hydroblasting may be the best removal method for your project.

1. Efficiency and speed

The hydroblasting technique uses pressurized water (often with pressures around 40,000 PSI). It blasts the road with this water in a method similar to pressure-washing your driveway but is much more powerful. This pressurized water effectively cleans all markings off the road rather than leaving a "ghost" marking (a mostly-removed marking that's still slightly visible) like alternate methods sometimes do. Hydroblasting removes road markings at a surprisingly high rate of speed, meaning that it can help you save time on your road marking projects. This means it's also more cost-effective in addition to being a labor-saving device.

2. Environmental sustainability

The hydroblasting method combines efficiency with environmental friendliness. Because the method uses only water pressure to remove markings, there are no harmful synthetic chemicals involved that could damage the environment. And you don't have to worry about all those paint flecks contaminating the local ecosystems either. The machines used for the process include a vacuum component that sucks the water and debris back up so you can dispose of the paint particles later. Unlike scabbling (an alternate technique that files the surface of the road down to remove marks), hydroblasting is gentle on the road surface, meaning that it produces less waste material overall. Also unlike alternate techniques, it doesn't produce noxious fumes and is a relatively quiet process.

3. Budgetary considerations

As mentioned before, hydroblasting is a much faster process than the older marking removal methods. The time saved translates into savings on labor costs as well as on fuel costs and on rental costs (if you're planning on renting the machinery). All these factors combine to make hydroblasting one of the more cost-effective choices for any pavement marking removal project.

4. Less road surface damage

Hydroblasting leaves the road shiny and clean without damaging its structure. This means that, if you use hydroblasting, the road will last longer and can take more marking removals before wearing out. Hydroblasting is even used for other road cleaning applications such as removing undesirable accumulations of slippery tar from the surface of the road. This is a process called "retexturing" and is recommended as an affordable alternative to resurfacing.

As you can see, hydroblasting is a method that can remove road markings with not only speed and ease, but also efficiency and environmental sustainability. It's suitable for a wide range of situations, too, so it may be the only form of road marking removal you'll ever need. Contact Florida Transcor for more information on road markings and removals.