Warehouse Painting: What to Do to Get the Best Results
Posted Jun 13, 2022 by Dave Scaturro
When it comes to maintaining your commercial warehouse, staying on top of its painting should be one of your highest priorities. If you de-prioritize it, warehouse painting can become an enormous task down the road and even a liability to your business. For both the external and internal surfaces, a coat of fresh paint will keep your warehouse structure looking great and will project a clean, safe environment for employees and customers.
There are steps you can take to reduce future hassles and to ensure your warehouse remains in an ideal condition for everyone who comes into contact with it. Keep on reading to learn more:
Watch Out for Paint Fading on Your Floors
Warehouse floor paint markings are multipurpose: they can help employees and managers organize and maximize space; they alert pedestrians of potential hazards; and they set a safe path for forklifts and other equipment to navigate. Hiring a warehouse floor painting contractor to refresh deteriorating floor markings is essential to the safety and function of your space. Also, keep in mind that maintaining visible floor stripings meets Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recommendations for warehouse floor safety. As a reminder, these are:
- 2-6” wide floor marking lines to ensure maximum visibility, with the minimum requirement of 2”.
- At least 4′ wide, or at least 3′ wider than the largest piece of equipment used in the aisle.
Do not let floor paint get to a point of considerable fading. As soon as you detect the early signs, schedule a time for a fresh coat application. To maintain the safety and appearance of all areas of your warehouse, it’s essential that you conduct a routine walk through to check for the need of a recoating to refresh lines or markings that need reapplication.
Look for Any Signs of Warehouse Ceiling Paint Peeling
While you are doing your routine floor walkthrough, also confirm your ceiling has no signs of peeling paint. No matter how high-quality your interior paint is, moisture and the passage of time will take its toll. It’s not uncommon for warehouse ceiling paint to crack and peel over time, so ensure you address this issue before it becomes a hazard to your employees or customers.
Avoid Rusting on Metal Surfaces at All Cost
If you own or manage a commercial warehouse there is a good chance you have an abundance of metal surfaces, which means they are vulnerable to rusting and corrosion over time. If you haven’t done so already, make sure that you have high-quality paint protecting all metal surfaces from the damaging effects of rust. Thereafter, stay on top of repainting these surfaces when needed to improve their longevity.
We recommend including in your routine maintenance checklist, carefully inspecting all metal surfaces for signs of rust. If you detect rust, take immediate steps and have a professional contractor apply a fresh coat of protective paint to avoid further damage. Staying on top of rusting metal surfaces will save you time and money in the long run, so don’t put off metal surface maintenance.
Inspect Your Warehouse for Water Damage
Water damage can be a huge problem for a business as it wreaks havoc on ceilings, walls, and equipment while also forcing its operations to come to a halt for needed repairs. Do not let this happen to you! Additionally, repair costs only get larger as the problem worsens so immediate action is needed if any form of water leakage has taken place.
We recommend checking for water damage before you begin any warehouse paint project. Painting over water damage that is still damp can make a bad situation worse as it can lead to mold or mildew. And if you attempt to address any form or mold situation by covering it up with paint, we assure you that it will only cause it to spread more and possibly get into other areas of your space. It’s worth reiterating that before you schedule any warehouse painting, make sure to thoroughly check for water damage and schedule any needed repairs before you begin.
Cover All Your Bases By Having Us at Your Next Maintenance Walkthrough
We’ve been in business for over four decades and have serviced thousands of warehouses. Create peace of mind that your warehouse is well maintained and free of any surprise and costly damages down the road by having us accompany you on your next maintenance walkthrough. We will be able to help you spot any issues happening now or potentially down the road. By having us at your walkthrough, you can be sure that any problems will be taken care of so that your subsequent inspections, whether voluntary or mandated, will go without a hitch.