High Friction Surface Treatment

What is High Friction Surfacing?

High Friction Surfacing refers to pavement surface treatment that increases skid resistance – and dramatically increases safety. High Friction Surfacing technology provides an immediate reduction the injuries and fatalities caused by cars skidding out of control around curves, down hills or at dangerous intersections.

High Friction Surface Treatments are designed to provide motorists greater control in both wet and dry driving conditions including:

  • ramps and sharp curves
  • roadway departure or rear end crashes
  • descending vertical grades nearing intersections
  • bridge deck sealing
  • horizontal curves
  • bike lanes
  • bus lanes
  • toll booth entrance ways
  • school zones
  • other locations as needed

How long do High Friction Surface Treatments Last?

When applied correctly, and depending on the surface, HFST have an average lifespan of at least 5-15 years. The wear and tear of HFST depends on several factors:

  • Quality of First Construction
  • Volume of traffic on the HFST area
  • Climate
  • Demand of friction on the HFST area

Benefits of High Friction Surfacing

High Friction Surfacing applies high-quality aggregate to existing roadways where the potential for friction-related accidents is greatest. A relatively simple and low-cost solution, skid-resistant surfacing helps motorists maintain more control in both wet and dry driving conditions.

According to the Federal Highway Administration, horizontal curves make up only 5% of highway miles in the United States, but account for over 25% of fatal crashes. There are about 40,000 total automobile deaths in the U.S. per year, with an economic cost of more than $870 billion. Anti-skid surfaces are being implemented across the country in an effort to solve this crisis.

A section of skid-resistant road in Englewood, NJ.
The red high friction pavement seen here helps drivers bring their attention back to the road.

High Friction Surface Treatment vs. Conventional Asphalt or Concrete Pavement

There is a noticeable increase in “grip” as drivers transfer from traditional asphalt onto high friction pavement. Drivers are likely to notice the pavement upon approach, too, as color or pattern demarcation is meant to alert motorists to the changing road conditions. These factors reduce skidding and hydroplaning.

At a material level, High Friction Surfacing Treatment improves on conventional pavement by building on it with aggregate that resists polishing and abrasion. This aggregate is fixed to the road with a polymer binder.

Best of all, High Friction Surfacing provides measurable results. For example, in just one year the state of Kentucky saw a 69% decrease in collisions at 25 HFS application sites.

Photo of a curve in the road with a newly installed high friction surface.
Endurablend™ High Friction Surfacing was applied to this curve in the road in Englewood, New Jersey.
Photo: Close-up of red hexagonal high friction surfacing treatment.
A close-up of Endurablend™ high friction pavers.

Why Your Project Needs Endurablend™ High Friction Pavement Surfacing

Endurablend™ high friction pavement overlays have been proven to significantly reduce accidents and save lives. HFST forms a surface that improves friction and adds skid resistance, giving drivers a new opportunity to gain control of their vehicle in difficult situations. Because of its durability, pavement with HFST can endure heavy repeated braking and snowplowing. The texture of a finished surface allows vehicles to maintain their safety and may improve braking.

Advantages Over Conventional HFST

Traditional epoxy High Friction Surfacing Treatment applications suffer from delamination and asphalt deteriorations caused by conventional plural component epoxies. Endurablend™ combats both of these problems and more. Endurablend™ gives the user multiple options to increase driver awareness as well as friction on curves, bridges, or approaches without costly modification to the existing pavement.


Superior durability and bond – With skid-resistance and weather-resistance you can count on for many years, Endurablend™ forms a strong bond even when applied in a thin overlay.

Time efficient – We know that minimizing traffic disruption is always a priority. Our cutting-edge high friction pavement sets quickly, and certified installers use large-scale equipment to apply it in a timely and regulated fashion.

Increased safety – Color and pattern options can improve driver awareness on curves, bridges or approaches without costly modification to the existing pavement.

Thermal advantages – Compatible with asphalt and concrete, Endurablend™ has a very low coefficient of thermal expansion to conventional epoxies.

Versatility – Can be applied as an intermixed aggregate system, or as a more conventional surface-treated aggregate system, both of which can be patterned.

Exceeds standards – Our material meets or exceeds the specified requirements of skid numbers (FN40R) in the high 60s or 70s.

Low-cost – Not only does Endurablend™ improve on traditional materials, it costs less over its life cycle, too.

Learn More

Pavement Surface Coatings has been developing and refining Endurablend for seven years.  By working with qualified, certified installers across the US,  we’ve made Endurablend a recognized leader in High Friction Surfacing.

Visit the Installers page to find a certified installer near you, or contact us today to learn how Endurablend can improve your project.


Download an Endurablend™ High Friction Pavement Surfacing product specification sheet to find the best blend for you.

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