Ever wonder what it would feel like to live in a world where the asphalt paving sparkles at night rather than being grey, with different colours illuminating the city? Sounds like something out of the Pandora world in Avatar. A UK based company came up with a product in 2013 that does exactly that.
Pro-Teq, a UK-based company, is the developer of STARPATH, a glow in the dark paint that can be applied to paved surfaces. This paint stores solar energy throughout the day, and at night, provides energy-free lighting to the path it was applied to and the area surrounding it. It makes for a beautiful and aesthetically pleasing result, as well as increased safety for pedestrians walking in the evening hours. An added bonus to this product is that the material it is made from is water-resistant and slip-resistant – perfect for those areas with heavy rainfall. The spray-on coating can be applied to surfaces including asphalt paving, concrete and wood.
The material is environmentally friendly as it majorly cuts down on electricity costs. This product is ideal for areas with minimal foot traffic and where lights may not even be present at all, greatly reducing nightly pedestrian safety. This includes places such as parks with asphalt paving, areas with dimly or minimally lit pathways and low traffic streets. It is also great for pathways that are used by cyclists, as it provides ample illumination on the road ahead.
The process begins with an application of a polyurethane base and aggregate. Followed, is the illuminating material, ending with a polyaspartic top coat that seals all of these layers together. The process and product itself is very time efficient, economical and safe.
Richmond Blacktop is one of the top paving companies in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland offering services that range from asphalt paving, to the full removal and replacement of concrete. Contact us to receive a free estimate by calling, or filling in the contact form to send us a message with your questions and inquiries. Thank you for choosing Richmond Blacktop and we look forward to working with you!