Floor cracks, tiny rents, increased slip potential, decreased hygiene — these are a few signs that warehouse floor coatings are falling apart. The facility must then take the necessary steps to restore the coatings system back to its former good condition. The search is on for the highest-performing coatings to restore warehouse floors.
The search is easy in today’s age of technological advancements. Coatings have been improved to amazing levels, allowing facility managers the freedom to choose from a variety of high-performance warehouse floor coatings. The market is now filled with advanced formulations with modified chemical properties. Super-paints that bond well, harden better, and cure quickly. They are more durable, more resistant to many types of damage, and have improved aesthetics. Warehouse floor coatings of today provide higher value for money than before.
Taken for Granted, but Not Forgotten, Warehouse Floors
When floor coatings perform well, they do so silently. Good floor conditions allow for unimpeded pedestrian and mechanical traffic. The coating system is a silent workhorse that protects floors better and preserves floor quality longer. When no cracks, tears or adverse floor conditions cause skids, slips or accidents from happening, then the warehouse floor coatings system is doing its job quite well.
The key is in choosing the right coatings based on the types of hazards that warehouse floors are commonly exposed to. Commercial and industrial facilities have their warehouses exposed to chemicals, corrosive and abrasive agents, and load impacts. Resistance to such damage agents is essential. These coatings should also stand up to varying environmental conditions such as cold and hot temperatures, water intrusion and soaring humidity.
The Right Paint for Warehouse Floors
Painting contractors today specify and use floor coatings that are a product of modern paint technology. Improved chemistries have increased the adhesive bonding and imbued coatings with excellent resistance against most damage catalysts. Why go for already obsolete technology that can no longer guarantee a failure-proof coatings application? Even raw materials used to manufacture modern paints have been enhanced to increase the performance of warehouse floor coatings.
In today’s culture of information-sharing, paint manufacturers are also releasing results of laboratory performance testing done to their products. This has also become a good source of information for facility managers and painting contractors to better assess the coating quality prior to actual purchase.
Technology enhancements may be a given criteria in choosing the best warehouse floor coatings, but this must meet halfway with the facility’s own unique performance criteria. Ease of applicability, high tolerance to the environment, and paints that improve floor appearance are also a must.
Also important is the facility’s preference for environment-friendly warehouse floor coatings that are VOC regulations-compliant and do not release hazardous substances to the environment.
It is very important to restore floor coatings back to their good condition when they fall to damages, to avoid interruptions to facility operations and pose safety risks to facility occupants. Chemistry-modified coatings offer better performance than old paints. Facility managers are given more options to choose from, but they must keep in mind that practical requirements such as ease-of-use, cost, and the specific need of the facility’s warehouse are still relevant factors to consider.