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PROPER WAREHOUSE STRIPING

Why is Proper Warehouse Striping Important?

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Using the proper indoor floor markings is an essential part of any warehouse or distribution center. The main purpose of warehouse striping is to designate specific areas for certain functions. It’s also put in place as a precautionary measure for everyone’s safety inside the establishment. There are a number of various colors of striping that are used to represent different things such as fall or slip risks, fire hazards, or chemical hazards. Today, we will discuss the importance of proper warehouse striping for businesses and distribution centers.

THE PROCESS OF FLOOR MARKING

Indoor floor markings should always be done by professionals. This is because they are highly knowledgeable about which markings are the most appropriate for a warehouse. You will also have the guarantee that every marking is done correctly and securely. Poorly executed markings wear down easily and they begin to fade and chip prematurely. Hiring professional floor striping specialists will give you the best results that are long-lasting and up to code. Here is what you can expect from professional specialists like TCI Striping:

  1. They will be able to properly prepare the concrete surface. This is an extremely important step in the warehouse striping process. Similar to how a wood needs to be sanded before it’s painted, concrete also needs to be prepped beforehand. Before the floor striping specialist applies any paint on the concrete floor or walls, the concrete is etched using a shot blaster. This is done so that the current smooth finish of the floor will be removed, allowing the paint to adhere more securely to the surface.
  1. Floor striping specialists will be able to choose the correct type of paint. When an inappropriate type of paint is used to create the markings, it wouldn’t be applied properly. The markings will not be able to stay in place. Epoxy is the most common type of paint widely used in warehouses and other indoor buildings. Although it’s less expensive than other paints, it can effectively stand up to heavy forklift traffic. It can also handle the wear and tear which usually occurs with the movement of pallets and other heavy equipment.
  1. They will be able to perform the correct sealant application. Once the markings have been successfully put in place, it’s important to ensure that the striping is properly processed so it will withstand the test of time. This is done by applying a sealant. Even though it’s not as important as choosing the right type of paint, it is still a necessary step in the striping process because it will help to protect your investment. A sealant is transparent in color and it effectively provides a layer of protection onto the painted surface.

WHY IS PROPER WAREHOUSE STRIPING IMPORTANT?

Warehouse striping is important because it heightens the level of safety and security inside an establishment. Although the floor restriping process may look easy, it should only be done by specialists and with knowledge, expertise, and years of experience in the striping business.  They are the only people who can provide you with a guarantee that the entire process and application will be done correctly. Floor striping specialists will be able to complete the job accurately and efficiently which will save you time and money.

TCI Striping is a full-service professional contractor specializing in Warehouse Striping & Specialty Coating services.  With over 40 years of experience, we have earned a reputation as a trustworthy commercial and light industrial contractor with an extensive range of capabilities, qualified experience, specialized training and equipment, and a workforce that pays careful attention to detail. Give us a call and we’ll take care of your warehouse flooring and striping needs.

Best Warehouse Floor Coating Options

Best Warehouse Floor Coating Options

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Technology has improved our lives in numerous ways over the last few decades. Automobiles have become safer and more fuel efficient. Medicines, although still expensive, have extended our quality of life beyond anything our grandparents could have dreamed of. In many ways, technology has reached into every aspect of our society and brought about change and improvement. This includes the manufacturing and warehousing sector. The modern warehouse is no longer a dingy and dirty structure floored with a battered concrete slab.

With the development of huge central storage and shipping facilities, warehouse floor coating options have advanced as new materials and new processes have been developed and refined. Creating a safe, hygienic workplace is as important to the warehouse workers as it is to the owners.

These advancements have been developed due to the problems with maintaining a strong foundation for workers and equipment. Concrete floors in warehouses suffer from specific problems:

  • Abrasion
  • Impact
  • Chemical exposure
  • Temperature fluctuations

Additional concerns of aesthetics and cost can be factors in deciding which type of flooring to go with, but are similar enough in the two primary types of floor coatings for modern warehouses. These are polished concrete and epoxy coating. Although similar in that both flooring types are easy to clean, stain/mold resistant, and durable, both have distinct advantages:

Polished Concrete

Polished concrete flooring is durable and environmentally-friendly. It is stain resistant and only needs to be refinished every five to ten years. For the budget conscious warehouse owner, cost alone makes polished concrete a great value. Creating and maintaining a polished concrete floor is also environmentally-friendly. The chemicals used in epoxy hardeners are corrosive and can have a negative aspect on the environment.

Epoxy Coating

Environmental concerns with epoxy coatings, however, are balanced by its advantages over polished concrete. Epoxy coating makes a concrete floor more damage resistant than polished concrete does. It is more durable than polished concrete if heavy equipment, such as a forklift, is regularly used in the warehouse. Epoxy coated concrete floors are also easier to clean and maintain than even polished concrete is – lowering maintenance costs dramatically.

Balancing the problems that the specific floor will face during its lifetime versus the advantages of the specific flooring solutions needs to be researched and discussed by the owners and builders of the warehouse. Although it might be cheaper in the short run to install a polished concrete floor, if the warehouse uses a lot of forklifts or other heavy equipment, the long range costs can be considerably higher than expected.

Conversely, if a warehouse has little heavy equipment the cost benefits of polished concrete can be very attractive. Care must be taken, however, if the use of the warehouse changes over its lifetime.

Both of these materials can be found in many warehouses and shipping facilities. Although they are not identical, both of these warehouse floor coatings will help warehouse owners create a safe and hygienic warehouse space for workers and products that will last for many years.

TCI Striping is a full-service professional contractor specializing in Warehouse Striping & Specialty Coating services.  With over 40 years of experience, we have earned a reputation as a trustworthy commercial and light industrial contractor with an extensive range of capabilities, qualified experience, specialized training and equipment, and a workforce that pays careful attention to detail. Give us a call and we’ll take care of your warehouse flooring and striping needs.