ADA Truncated Dome Bump Pads

Choosing One Material Over Another

With the amount of material options for purchasing a tactile paver, you have to wonder why someone would choose one over the other.

Having to choose between plastic, liquid, marble, brick, or granite is difficult, especially if you are not properly informed of the pros and cons.

Plastic

Lifespan: 2-20 years depending on usage

Maintenance: Virtually impervious to absorption and are not affected by chemicals (including those used for snow removal operations) and are easy to clean.
Wear Resistance: Formulations provide wear resistance properties far superior to that achieved with concrete based materials of any type. Eliminates the hairline cracking observed in epoxy based composite materials.

UV factor: Reinforced composite w/matte finish which is colorfast and UV stable. The color of the tile is colored throughout and does not contain any type of paint coating to achieve the color.

Pros: Quickly sets into concrete; costs less than a liquid or granite paver.

Cons: Years after a cast-in-place paver is set, the only way to replace a sheet(s) is to break apart the concrete.

Brick

Lifespan: 25 years

Maintenance: Wash and seal twice per year

Wear Resistance: Aesthetically looks great on driveways, sidewalks, etc

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Liquid

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UV factor: Reflects light better under any lighting condition than all other compliant detectable warning pavers.

Pros: Matches the look and feel of tiled systems but offers vastly superior adhesion. Generally cost less to install.  Maintains the same skid resistance they had on day one of installation.

Cons: Very costly if a contractor orders this product out of state.  Two liquids are required.

Marble

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Granite

Lifespan:

Maintenance: Cleanse with mild soap and water as often as you’d like
Wear Resistance: Minimal resistance over a number of years due to a variety of minerals within the product itself

UV factor: No information available

Pros: Suited for extreme conditions, as they resist wear, deterioration and weathering, while maintaining their natural beauty and finish indefinitely; meet ADA regulations for a non slip product.

Cons: Combined materials and labor cost more than plastic, brick, or marble pavers.