Warehouse Floor Striping
At Capital Coating, we offer industrial line painting as one of the many offerings in our epoxy floor coating services. We use quality epoxy rather than less-permanent floor tape or traditional paint to ensure an attractive, long-lasting and high-visibility result. We can incorporate safety stripes as we install your epoxy floor or mark your floor as a stand-alone service.
We can help you meet Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirements or industry regulations and offer completely customized floor markings to best serve your facility’s workflows. Whether you need pallet slot lines or a complete color-coded floor layout, we can help.
Professional Installation Team
When adding striping to your concrete or epoxy floor or replacing your resinous floor altogether, trust Capital Coating as your warehouse striping company. We’re a quality-driven business aiming for customer satisfaction with every flooring job. When you hire our team for your warehouse floor markings, we consider the job holistically.
We start by evaluating the quality of the existing floor, checking for exposed joints and delamination. By installing your warehouse markings on a smooth, well-kept floor, we ensure longer-lasting applications. We also use pigmented epoxy rather than typical paint for added durability and longevity.
Our business is licensed, insured and backed up by 20 years of providing excellent service to our customers. All our technicians are certified and dedicated to upholding our company’s outstanding reputation for epoxy floors and other commercial coatings.
Besides OSHA-mandated warehouse floor markings, we can also cover a range of safety, efficiency and aesthetic needs. We can mark pallet slot lines to help your team maximize your use of space. If your warehouse handles food processing or pharmaceuticals, we can create rodent lines to help you spot infestations quickly.
We mark pedestrian walkways and forklift lanes and go beyond the legally required lines to maximize your warehouse’s productivity and streamline your workflows. In addition to these more industrial applications, we can also create epoxy floor graphics, brightening commercial spaces with logos and other branded imagery.
Industrial Line Striping Process
We prioritize your needs and the utmost quality throughout the line striping process. We start by working with you to understand your requirements. Many methods for applying commercial warehouse striping exist, and each comes with a certain level of preparation and costs.
While epoxy stripes will outlast paint or tape, it’s essential to establish how long you want your lines to last and what your budget is. We’ll discuss your needs and also come out to examine your floors first hand to determine the best approach. We’ll look at the condition of your floor substrate and coatings and your equipment layout as we plan your job.
Next, we’ll work with you to finalize the design and layout of the markings. Once you’ve committed to the floor plan, we’ll schedule the project and work out all the logistics. Then, we can begin preparing the concrete. Usually, this involves cleaning the floor at a minimum. Sometimes, the floor needs shot blasting to remove the concrete’s upper layer and ensure long-lasting adhesion. Other times, the client can choose to have the epoxy applied directly to the floor without any concrete preparation besides a thorough solvent cleaning.
Frequently Asked Questions About Line Striping Installation
Some questions we often get about the installation process include:
How Long Will It Take to Install?
We understand your busy warehouse relies on access to your floors to keep business running. When we perform any work on your epoxy floors, including adding floor markings, we work around your schedule. We work efficiently without sacrificing quality, so you can get to work on your newly striped floors.
It’s challenging to give an installation time estimate without understanding the specifics of your project. The time depends on your warehouse’s square footage alongside the complexity of your linework and how close together the lines are. The more preparation you need, the longer the installation will take. Adding more coats of epoxy will also lengthen the process.
The last factor to consider is how busy your operation is. Working around a dynamic environment may mean the project must be broken into parts or completed in sections. How soon can you walk on the floors and access the area after installation? This answer can also depend. Different types of epoxies cure at different rates. Solvent epoxy takes 24 hours to dry, while polyaspartic coating can cure in two hours to four hours.
Will I Need to Give You a Drawing?
We’ll work with you to understand where you want your industrial line markings. Providing us with a drawing helps us create the markings exactly where you want them. Without a drawing, we must have a clearly defined layout.
What if I Want to Change Parts of the Layout?
After we install your stripes, you may want to rearrange your floor plan or change workflows sometime down the line. We can change the lines after they’re installed using a few different methods.
First, we can black out the original lines. Using a pigmented epoxy that closely resembles your existing concrete, we’ll go over the lines you wish to change before drawing new ones. Sometimes, we can mechanically remove the existing epoxy with floor scrapers, bristle pads or diamond grinders. Scraping off the lines may damage the concrete or leave visible abrasion marks. It may not be suitable for an environment that requires a perfectly smooth floor.
What Preparation Is Best for My Applications?
The preparation method you choose depends on your desired durability, budget and time availability. Shot blasting the floors abrades them to create a better surface for the epoxy to bond to. It produces a longer-lasting, more durable bond. However, shot blasting will also increase the time required for your project, bring more equipment into your warehouse and increase your project cost.
Another preparation option is to clean the floors with solvent. Cleaning the floors creates a smooth surface, free of dust, grime and debris that might interfere with the epoxy. This preparation method is more affordable and time efficient. However, it may not last as long as shot blasting preparation methods.
How Can I Maintain the Warehouse Safety Lines After We Install Them?
Regular cleaning is the best way to maintain your floor markings. By regularly sweeping dust and mopping up dirt and grime, you remove abrasive materials that would otherwise wear down the epoxy. Floor scrubbing can also provide deeper interim cleaning. Other maintenance tips include placing entrance mats around your building to limit tracked-in dirt. Also, train forklift operators to always clear the floor when lifting pallets to prevent scraping the linework.
What Colors Do You Offer?
Epoxy can be pigmented in many colors. When applying floor graphics or logos for aesthetic reasons, you have many color options. When applying stripes for safety purposes, it’s usually best to choose high-visibility colors. Reds, yellows, oranges, and whites will have high contrast against your gray concrete floor.
OSHA designates red for hazard communications, including:
- Fire protection
Yellow is the general high-visibility color used for caution signs and floor markings. The color may indicate hazards such as:
- Striking against
- Caught in between
While designated for caution, yellow is also officially recognized as an effective and inexpensive color for aisle markings.
Why Stripe Your Warehouse Floors?
The first reason to install floor stripes for your warehouse is for safety. Integrated floor markings communicate to all forms of traffic in your warehouse. They create safe lanes for pedestrian and forklift traffic, keeping everyone out of the way of hazards like heavy machinery. They can communicate areas where it is unsafe to walk, workers cannot enter or extra visibility is needed.
In many instances, floor markings are mandatory. OSHA requires all permanent aisles and passageways to be appropriately marked. When material handling equipment such as forklifts are in use, floor markings designate the appropriate amount of clearance within corridors, at loading docks, through doorways and wherever turns are made. According to the National Fire Protection Association and the International Fire Code, fire exit routes may also need floor markings.
We often recommend going beyond what is required for safety to get the most benefits from your floor markings. Line markings can also contribute to warehouse organization. Walking and driving lanes can help prevent bottlenecks while guiding workflows. They can designate where forklifts should park or where pallets can be placed. They communicate with all facility employees to avoid errors and make workflows clear. Color-coded floor markings can indicate where to place certain items and which areas need to be kept clear for operational purposes.
4 Benefits of Striping Warehouse Floors
While you may be interested in floor striping as a safety mandate, it can be an excellent investment at the same time. Floor markings can be integral to the 5S manufacturing and warehouse management system, improving efficiency and reducing waste. Implementing a floor marking system can also:
1. Improve Traffic Flow
In a high-traffic warehouse with lots of expansive aisles, things can quickly become chaotic if people walk and drive wherever they see an opening. It can also create a safety hazard as pedestrians and forklift drivers round corners without visibility for what’s coming in the other direction.
By designating specific walkways and driving lanes to help workers navigate your massive warehouse, you ensure everyone has a path from point A to point B. It also keeps people clear of areas needed to allow bulky forklifts or pallet trucks to pass through. Everyone can turn into an aisle or around a corner and know they aren’t putting themselves in danger.
2. Enforce Organization
A lot goes on in daily warehouse operations. Deliveries are always arriving while other products are being packed up and scheduled for pickup. When an employee must place a pallet or product, they should be able to find the correct location quickly. You also want to avoid confusion and situations where an employee is unsure where to place or retrieve something.
Color-coded floor markings create consistency and designate areas for specific duties and all the products that enter your warehouse. All employees know where to park their material handling vehicles and what sections have different products and equipment.
3. Reduce Confusion
In a warehouse, human error happens everywhere. When an employee stocks a pallet or product in the wrong location, the next employee doesn’t know where to find it. The inventory could go missing for so long it expires or can no longer be sold. Your warehouse could also promise stock to a customer and then not be able to find it in time to fulfill an order.
Other types of human errors put your products at risk. A forklift crashing into a stack of pallets to avoid hitting a pedestrian could ruin a significant portion of your inventory. Misplacing products could also cause them to become contaminated. For example, placing a product that needs temperature control in the wrong section of the warehouse will cause it to expire.
Human error in the warehouse is also incredibly costly. Accidents could ruin expensive equipment like forklifts alongside the products your company has invested in. By some estimates, every warehouse picking error costs your business between $50-$300. Misplaced inventory can lead to a 1.75% revenue loss for retailers and a 0.22%-0.73% loss for suppliers.
Color-coded warehouse floor lines and designated inventory zones reduce the confusion that may arise in a chaotic warehouse. Forklift drivers never have to question if they have enough clearance to enter a particular area and will not run into hazards along their path since all workers will know to keep forklift lanes clear. Labeled floor slots for pallets, forklifts and pallet trucks ensure everything gets put back in the proper place following use. With floor markings, you can designate staging areas, quality assurance inspection points, color-coded storage areas and more.
Customize your floor markings to improve organizational efficiency and clarity for your facility’s workflows. That way, employees will spend less time questioning where to go or where to place things.
4. Enhance Safety
While OSHA sets minimum requirements for floor markings related to safety, going above and beyond those requirements will improve safety for the hazards costing your facility. A safety incident is a type of human error with potentially deadly consequences. Even when following OSHA guidelines, a safety incident costs you money in legal and administrative fees. Your injured employee misses work days, and your entire facility experiences a drop in productivity while dealing with the emergency.
Enhancing safety through floor markings can become a significant strategic advantage for your warehouse. When employees face less confusion in their daily duties and experience fewer safety incidents and near misses along the way, they perform better.
Safety stripes can mark the areas around electrical panels, letting workers know to keep their distance. Color-coded markings can also designate safety equipment such as fire extinguishers, allowing workers to identify them quickly in an emergency. It can also mark the areas around dangerous equipment and hazardous materials, reminding employees to use caution and keep out of the site unless their duties require them to go near it. Yellow markings can also indicate elevation changes and the edges of loading docks and upper-level floors, helping to prevent slips, trips and falls.
Keeping Your Facility Safe and up to Code
Marking your warehouse floors is an opportunity to enhance your workflows and exceed safety requirements. When deciding where to mark your floor, consider the pathways and organizational system that will improve efficiency. While it’s best to go beyond OSHA standards, keeping your floor markings up to code requires clearly defined markings around designated aisles. They can be any color, but most facilities use yellow for maximum visibility. OSHA also has a few rules governing warehouse floor markings, including:
- Line width: To provide enough visibility, floor stripes must be at least 2 inches wide. While not required, OSHA recommends lines between 2 inches and 6 inches for the best visibility.
- Aisle width: Aisles should be at least 4 feet wide or 3 feet wider than the broadest equipment used in the aisle. This space ensures ample clearance for forklifts and improved safety for pedestrians.
- Unusual flooring surfaces: If your facility has a dirt or gravel floor or another unusual surface, OSHA permits you to use other means of floor markings. Your aisles can be marked with flags, traffic cones, safety barrels or another method your employees are trained on.
Work with your company’s safety and health professionals to understand OSHA’s complete specifications and requirements before designing your floor markings. Whether you need a solution to bring your facility into compliance or want to go above and beyond the codes to ensure safety, getting the job done right is critical. Using a long-lasting solution like epoxy and a team of seasoned professionals will ensure your floor markings promote safety for years to come.