FLOOR LINES, WALKWAYS AND SAFETY MARKERS IN PA, MD, NJ, AND DE
Integrating clearly defined, long-lasting warehouse striping into a food, pharmaceutical or warehouse facility improves your building’s safety and traffic flow. When it comes to painting warehouse floors with stripes, project customization requires you to make many choices. Included among these options is the level of preparation for the floor. Another choice to make is the type of coating used for the striping.
Let Penncoat help you with this decision process. We can work with you to create a more efficient facility with clear floor markings that can help keep workers safe, while better organizing your facility and traffic flow at their peaks.
COATINGS AND SYSTEMS THAT WORK
Do you need epoxy painted floor lines, safety markers or pedestrian walkways for your warehouse or manufacturing plant — where durability is necessary to help ensure safety and organization? Are you striving to meet the 5S lean standards?
Depending on your industry and use, we have the preparation methods, coating systems and know-how to make your project a success. Unlike other line-striping companies, at Penncoat, we provide a full range of services for a variety of facilities. These striping options can incorporate into a new floor coating or on top of an existing floor coating.
OUR LINE STRIPING & SAFETY MARKER SYSTEMS INCLUDE:
Warehouse Floor Lines
Industrial floor lines help with efficiency and staying organized. Depending on the preparation methods, coating types and spray or roll applications, we can install the system that meets your needs and budget.
When it comes to adding stripes to a facility's floor, the process includes more than just the painted stripes on the ground. Our most durable coating systems come in a broad range of colors and film thicknesses. Included with our striping services, we also offer surface preparation where needed and enhancements if desired.
Clear Epoxy Wear Coats
Epoxy clear coats greatly enhance the durability of floor lines that are subject to heavy walking and forklift traffic. When you encapsulate a pigmented epoxy floor line under a clear wear coat, the clear coat becomes the first defense against abrasion and side impact.
The application cost will depend on your preferences, such as if you choose a Non-Taped Edge or a Taped Edge — a Taped Edge results in a crisp finish. We use either an epoxy or urethane clear coat for our line striping projects if requested. Both options greatly improve the durability of a painted line. This coating also protects the line from abrasion and chemical damage that could cause premature fading.
Safety Floor Markers
When you’re planning traffic control and setting a clear direction, floor safety markers are vital to the program. Safety markers and floor graphics are available in an array of options.
Depending on the preparation method and coating system, we can install graphics that range from products embedded into the concrete floor that withstand heavy forklift traffic all the way down to light-duty stencils and stickers. Floor markings standardize the flow of movement for a more efficient warehouse that adheres to 5S standards. Penncoat safety floor markers allow your facility to remain complaint with OSHA standards, protecting workers from accidents and directing traffic efficiently.
Surface preparation is the key to coating adhesion. The first step to any process for striping a surface is cleaning. Regardless if you've chosen a superior or economic preparation, we always clean the surface thoroughly.
Our most practical and cost-effective process is to machine clean the concrete substrate before installing a high tack epoxy coating. When the painted line is subjected to traffic and abrasion, we offer a blasted profile that greatly increases the mechanical bond of the coating resulting in a more durable painted line. Shot blasting concrete removes the top surface, and for some striping coatings, such as polyaspartic coatings, it is a requirement. The paint adheres better to the prepared surface when using this option. Our processes are clean, contained and very effective.
We offer several methods for removing lines. Thorough removal of old lines prevents confusion from shadows of the old markings showing up on the floor.
We understand that not all facilities allow for aggressive floor preparation, such as shot blasting. Rental obligations in some facilities may prevent using this or other similar methods for getting the floor ready for a coating or line striping. That's why our services include a mix of both non-destructive and intensive line removal options for old floor striping.
Forklift Traffic Lanes
Clear forklift traffic lanes prevent congested aisles and accidents between vehicles and pedestrians.
Designated walkways and crosswalks set clear paths, promote safety and help to prevent avoidable accidents. Whether you are looking for simple and inexpensive yellow lines to mark a path or durable multicolor aisles, we have the system to meet your needs.
One way to use warehouse floor markings is to outline the areas where people can walk safely without running into forklifts or other machinery. Marking pedestrian walkways prevents accidents that could occur from a moment of inattention. Floor markings should clearly indicate these walkways as pedestrian-only — and wherever pedestrian walkways must cross forklift traffic lanes, the walkway should turn into a crosswalk.
As you strive to meet your 5S lean standards, we offer options that can help keep you organized and compliant. The stripes can make organization and orderliness possible, so everything has a place and designation within the facility.
With line striping in a warehouse, you can hold to the 5S standards of sorting and setting in order your facility. Standardizing the first three steps in the 5S standards often requires the use of visual cues, which can include floor markings to remind workers of the facility's organization. When all employees know where to store and find products, they will waste less time finding what they need.
Our sanitary lines allow for faster health inspections in food and pharmaceutical facilities. This type of line is one of the many striping options we offer.
Rodent and rat lines can measure between 4” to 18 inches wide and can extend up the wall between 4” to 8” from the finished floor surface. In food and pharmaceutical facilities, these lines are a required part of the space design. They allow inspectors to quickly identify rodent droppings in the facility because the rat lines have a contrasting color that the droppings stand out against. These sanitary lines fit into the shine standard for 5S.
How Much Will Warehouse Floor Markings Cost?
The price of applying floor markings or industrial floor paint in a facility will vary based on several factors. To help meet a business’s financial needs, we have a budget worksheet that will help us determine the total cost of the project, including labor, surface preparation, materials and more.
On this worksheet, provide a description of the type of project and the specific needs. This information helps us create a solid budget. We will also require information about the address of the location and a contact person in the company.
To help us with the specifics of the project, we request a sketch or floor plan with dimensions outlined. Pictures of the facility will also help us to choose specific prices and products for the line striping project.
As we discuss the budget, we will also tell you what you can expect from us during the project. For more than 30 years, we have served industrial and commercial facilities in the Mid-Atlantic region. All our installers have extensive safety training and will arrive on time, in clean uniforms and with the correct personal protective equipment to meet the facility’s standards.
With our practical solutions, range of products, extensive experience and competitive prices, we can adapt the project cost to your facility’s needs and the business’s budget without sacrificing quality.
What Types of Coatings Systems Are Available?
We offer three types of paints or coatings for line striping. They each have a variety of colors, application methods and drying times. The best choice for a location depends on the budget, color needs and the amount of downtime available to dedicate to surface preparation and drying time.
1. Acrylic and Solvent Line Striping Traffic Paint
Our economy coatings include acrylic floor paint for creating lines. Our acrylic epoxy paint for concrete traffic lines offers a quick dry time and spray application. This combination makes it an ideal solution for facilities with little time to spare for the line striping project.
At Penncoat, we offer this paint in white, yellow and blue for use in a variety of striping applications, including safety and instructional. The only disadvantage of our economy coatings is their limited service life. These coatings may require touch-ups or redoing sooner than other types of line striping paint.
2. Solvent Epoxy
Our solvent epoxy is one of our superior coatings. This product offers better adhesion, even on marginally prepared surfaces. While it takes 24 hours to cure, it comes in a wider array of colors than the traffic paint. We apply this through spray and roll methods, and it offers abrasion resistance for heavily trafficked areas.
For facilities that cannot utilize shot blasting, solvent epoxy blends the best of minimal preparation with a long service life. The only downside to this coating option is its extended curing time of 24 hours. For facilities that need lines in very hot or cold areas, workers may have more difficulty applying the epoxy coating. In freezing temperatures, the coating may not adhere. For walk-in freezers or cold storage units, epoxy may not be the best line striping option due to the cold location. Consider a polyaspartic coating instead for these colder areas.
3. Polyaspartic Coating
Another superior coating is our polyaspartic coating. We must prepare the surface with shot blasting before using this coating. It has a fast cure time, ranging from 2 to 4 hours. As with solvent epoxy striping, our polyaspartic coating comes in many different colors and offers both long life and abrasion resistance.
This coating has a high level of stain and scratch resistance, making it ideal for high-trafficked areas. However, this surface may become very slippery when wet and may sustain damage when exposed to battery acid. In areas with these conditions, polyaspartic coating for line striping may not be the best option. Epoxy coatings may serve better for these situations. Adding an aggregate to the polyaspartic coating can prevent it from becoming slippery when wet.
We can apply this coating by rolling or spraying it on. For faster application, spraying the coating requires less time, further reducing the time the striped location needs to stay closed off to traffic.
Why Do Floor Coatings Fail?
Failure of floor coatings happens for several reasons. Common causes include:
- Poor preparation: Improperly preparing the base will prevent the coating from adhering.
- Contaminants: Cleaning the surface is a critical step in preparing it for a coating. Any dirt, grease or contaminants on the surface will prevent a tight adhesion of the coating.
- Poor coating choice: Choosing the improper coating for a surface can cause premature failure. The type of coating chosen must have a design that binds well to the designated surface. Not all coatings will work with every surface.
- Improper mixing: When using two-component paints, the applier must mix them correctly. Failing to do so will reduce the performance of the coating.
- Wrong environment: The temperature and moisture levels play significant roles in the longevity of a coating. Using coatings in environments for which they were not designed to be used can cause flaking, peeling and other signs of failure.
You can avoid these common floor coating pitfalls by trusting your next project to a reliable team of professionals.
Line Striping in the Mid-Atlantic Region
For more than 30 years, Penncoat has served those in the Mid-Atlantic region, including Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland. We have an experienced team to bring services such as painting and line striping industrial floors. By offering competitive prices with our high-caliber service and quality coatings, we set ourselves apart from other line striping companies.
For more information on our services or to begin your project with us to get lines striped on the floor in your facility, contact us at Penncoat.