Why retrofit tactile studs and strips?

There are a great many reasons to retrofit tactile studs and strips in place of the more traditional blister and corduroy tiles. Retrofitting can be of benefit to both pedestrians and road users as well as the team installing them.

Limiting disruption

Installing new tactile paving slabs often requires digging up existing pavement or tarmac. This can lead to road or pathway closures, diverting pedestrians and road users alike. Along with this goes health and safety equipment, barriers, traffic control, equipment and tool hire, and in some cases limited working hours.

Retrofitting studs and strips can prevent the need for the bulk of these add-ons. They can be installed in the same patterns as traditional blister and corduroy paving, with the same dimensions and stud heights, simply using a drill and some site preparation equipment e.g., dust removal tool and resin. The only preparation the surface will need is a bit of cleaning, as most pre-installed surfaces will be suitable for the installation of studs and strips.

The same effect can be easily achieved without needing to dig up the surface and close a road or pathway.

Cost-effective installation and maintenance

Installing tactile studs and strips can be incredibly cost-effective. As mentioned earlier, the reliance on third-party hired equipment is no longer there when retrofitting. Due to the relative simplicity of their installation, tactile studs and strips only require limited equipment. On the very rare occasion that a tactile stud or strip would fail and come loose, there would only be the need to replace one item rather than a whole tile, should it split or become worn down.

Staffing needs are also reduced as installation can be performed by a single individual or duo rather than a team or crew.

Aesthetic matching

If you’re installing within the vicinity of a listed building, in a gated area, shopping center, cinema, or restaurant, you can match your stud selection to the venue. There are endless combinations of metals (bronze, gold plated, anodised stainless steel) and TPU/anti-slip tape coloured inserts to complement any building or location. If you’re in need of red or yellow signal colours for controlled and uncontrolled crossings there are both red and yellow TPU inserts.

It’s easier

No heavy lifting is needed, simply drill, clean, resin, and install.

Other ways to install

Depending on the location (indoor or outdoor) and material, there are other ways that tactile studs and strips can be installed. If they’re to be installed on wood, why not use studs and strips with a screw-hole opening? If they’re being mounted indoors on polished floors, then a self-adhesive stud or strip may be the way to go. It can be entirely situational but there are options available for a quality installation.