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Whether you own an office building, manage a warehouse, or are in charge of some other type of large commercial property, at some point, you will need to update your floors because of safety or aesthetics. Choosing the right industrial floor coatings is essential.

Industrial flooring must be tough enough to withstand foot traffic, heavy equipment, vehicle traffic, 24/7 production schedules, chemicals, and other characteristics associated with commercial facilities. Industrial coatings are used in factories, warehouses, office buildings, and other structures where durability and easy maintenance are top priorities.

If you need to update your floors with epoxy or other specialty coatings, careful planning is essential. Here are five important steps to follow when it’s time to update your industrial flooring.

1. Schedule the Work

Ideally, the work should be completed during off-hours when employees and customers won’t be interrupted. If you operate 24 hours a day, scheduling during off hours won’t be possible. In that case, it’s important to work with your commercial painting contractor to develop a schedule that systematically shuts down areas of your building without causing significant work delays or inconvenience to customers or your staff. 

2. Make Necessary Repairs

Remove all equipment and furniture and thoroughly inspect your floors for damage. Look for cracks, mold, water damage, rot, or other issues. These problems must be corrected before a new coating can be applied. In some cases, your painting contractor may be able to complete the repairs. Other experts will be needed if you have water damage caused by plumbing or roofing problems.

3. Choose the Right Coatings

One coating does not fit every situation. The contractor you choose should thoroughly assess the condition of your flooring, the type of work you do, and recommend coatings for your specific needs. If you have a food or beverage facility, manufacturing facility, or health care facility, hire a contractor who has experience dealing with your particular regulatory guidelines and requirements. Most commercial paint contractors will use low or no-VOC paints and coatings that don’t impact indoor air quality and the health of your employees and customers.

4. Cleaning and Preparation

Even the best paints and coatings won’t adhere to a dirty surface. Preparation for industrial floor coating installation is a vital part of the job. This is where you’ll want to focus most of your questions when vetting painting contractors. Any shortcuts taken during the surface preparation stage will reduce the life of your floor coating. Improper preparation can lead to premature flaking, bubbles, and other problems that will impact the durability and longevity of your flooring.

5. Don’t Forget the Follow-Up

Once the coatings are applied, ensure everyone understands and follows the contractor’s instructions regarding drying and curing time. If you allow traffic on newly finished floors too soon, you may need repairs, or the coating may not cure properly. Most industrial floor coatings require little maintenance beyond routine cleaning. Work with your contractor to develop a customized maintenance plan. They can give you the best advice on cleaning and maintaining your new flooring.

Hire Professionals to Handle the Job

Regardless of your industry, your floors are essential to your operation. The right industrial floor coatings will help maintain a clean, professional appearance while keeping your work environment safe for employees, customers, and vendors. Industrial flooring is a highly specialized field, and there is little room for error. Few companies have the technical expertise to provide top-quality flooring systems with a timely and professional installation process. Hiring a professional painting contractor specializing in industrial and commercial coatings is the best way to ensure the job is done right.

Choose the Local Commercial Painting Experts

Since 1985, Adam Roe Painting has provided the highest quality results and best customer service in the industry. Our professional crews can apply high-performance coatings to a wide range of surfaces. We understand the importance of preparing and coating surfaces to meet safety standards and stand the test of time. Our industrial floor coatings protect against harsh environments and corrosive materials often found in commercial settings. 

We offer custom color matching, a residential exterior warranty of 5 years, and a one-year warranty on commercial and industrial projects. Contact us online or call (208) 306-4240 to discuss your project. We look forward to working with you.