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Which Type of Tactile Paving Is Suitable for Subway Use?

In order to cater to the normal travel needs of visually impaired and blind people, both internationally and in China, there is a strong development of construction of special public facilities for the blind. And further clarification on the design, construction, and product requirements of the tactile strips on blind paths!

Classification of materials for the tactile paving

Currently, commonly used blind paths are classified according to materials, including ceramic tactile pavings, cement tactile pavings, stainless steel blind paths, rubber blind paths, stone blind paths, and new permeable blind paths. With the rise of sponge cities, sintered permeable bricks and ceramic particle permeable bricks are in high demand, and some manufacturers have developed supporting permeable tactile pavings, but production is relatively small and prices are higher than other products.

Application places of various types of the tactile paving

Ceramic tactile paving

Ceramic tactile pavings belong to ceramic products, have good porcelaining, low water absorption, freeze resistance, pressure resistance, beautiful appearance, and long service life. They are generally used in places with high requirements such as high-speed railway stations and municipal subways, and are further penetrating into municipal streets, replacing a trend towards cement blind paths.

Cement tactile paving

Cement tactile pavings are widely used on municipal roads. They have low production costs, can use recycled building materials, are relatively environmentally friendly, and are cheap, but their service life is relatively short. As urban construction levels improve, they are gradually being replaced by other blind paths.

Stainless steel and rubber tactile paving

Stainless steel and rubber tactile pavings are relatively niche and are generally used in specific application locations such as hospitals and indoor shopping malls. However, most venues have not installed blind paths as required.

Because of its price advantage, cement blind paths will still be the mainstream product in the market for a certain period of time. But with the improvement of urban construction levels, other materials with higher service life will be selected. Stainless steel and rubber blind paths are irreplaceable in special situations. Permeable blind paths, driven by the rise of sponge cities, will be seen more and more, but the price is a hurdle that cannot be avoided. Finally, ceramic blind paths are mentioned because ceramic material tactile pavings have many advantages such as high service life, wear resistance, multiple colors, strong texture, and clear tactile feeling. They are commonly used in high-demand places such as high-speed railways and subways, but as technology advances and economies of scale reduce costs, they will inevitably penetrate into more application scenarios and serve more people in need!

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