for cooler asphalt surfaces

StreetBondSR for cooler asphalt surfaces & solar reflective coatings

StreetBondSR for cooler asphalt surfaces: it pays to play it cool with asphalt and concrete surfaces. Left unchecked, “urban heat islands” contribute to climate change and air pollution. Fortunately, these impacts can be reduced by heat-absorbing materials such as “cool” surface coatings for asphalt and concrete. StreetBond150 is a non-toxic, fully recyclable, water-based surface coating that is gaining popularity for its durability, appearance and solar reflective properties.

“Along with urban heat island mitigation, cooling asphalt by coating it with a product such as StreetBond150 has been shown to provide durability, longevity, and visual appeal,” notes Doug Bain, Principal with Hub Surface Systems, which supplies StreetBond150 to clients across Canada.


The benefits of cool surface coatings are well documented. The U.S. Transportation Research Board, for example, states that a surface coating such as StreetBond reduces the maximum temperature of the asphalt and protects it from oxidation, thereby extending its useful life. Moreover, the agency has noted that the material’s low VOC (volatile organic compound) composition makes it an eco-friendly choice.

“There is push towards sustainable materials that contribute to their environment,” says Bain. “That’s why we see products like this applied in more and more projects.”


material and additional site surface applied aggregate provides excellent skid/slip resistance. Because anti-skid material is embedded throughout the material, as it slowly wears, new anti-skid elements are exposed.

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StreetBondSR for Cooler Asphalt Surfaces:

Coatings in style

Cooler asphalt surfaces and materials are in high demand. So too, are coatings that can match a project’s visual design. StreetBond can be produced with a wide range of colours to match virtually any vision.

“Flexibility is a big plus for designers when choosing materials,” says Bain.“StreetBond can be applied in earth tones and neutral colours, or bright and bold colours, to delineate things like cycle lanes and traffic spaces. Also, there are our 50 signature colours that can provide a custom palette for a unique look.”


These colours are made using pigments designed to reflect heat and reduce the urban heat island effect. Most of these formulations meet or exceed both the LEED and the Toronto Green Standard.

Proof on display

StreetBondSR for cooler asphalt surfaces performs on display throughout the province. Recently, the material has been applied to Canada Post parking lots, supermarket lots, and busy school sites.

Studio TLA is one firm that has worked extensively with StreetBond on projects throughout Toronto. The landscape architect and urban designer says the choice to apply the materials stems from a desire to use products that contribute to a project’s looks and overall longevity.


“There is always a benefit to using materials that reduce a surface’s solar reflective index [SRI] while allowing us to match our client’s designs,” says Studio TLA partner Paul Marsala.

Although applying products such as StreetBond may require an extra step or two, Marsala notes that, “In the long run, once you see the results and how well the project holds up, those additional processes are worth it.”

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