Owning or managing a warehouse comes with a few significant responsibilities. If you want your building to last, proper maintenance is required for continued use. One of the main upkeeps of a commercial facility is the paint on the exterior and interior surfaces. The paint on these surfaces will require touch-ups due to wear and tear.
Rain, snow, and humidity all present a threat to building surfaces. After a while, the paint will eventually start to fade, crack, or peel. A new coat of paint will be needed to protect your warehouse from the elements and routine work.
Paint adds aesthetic appeal to make your facility look professional and cared for. It’s best to hire a professional painting contractor who has the skills and equipment necessary to make your warehouse look new again.
Benefits of Having Your Warehouse Repainted
Just like well-maintained office spaces, a well-maintained warehouse gives employees, clients, and visitors a perception of professionalism and commitment. A presentable commercial building with a consistent color scheme can support the growth of your business and improve employee productivity. There are many benefits of repainting a warehouse.
1. Prevents Further Damage
Regular warehouse painting can prevent scratches and dents from growing larger. New paint replaces old peeling paint that would have gotten worse. Proper renovations will help maintain the warehouse for years to come, also preventing small cracks from becoming big issues.
Painting a warehouse can help you keep employees healthy and equipment safe. There are safety standards that are required by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to keep your business in good standing. Common hazards that could pose a risk to employees and visitors when repainting is ignored in a commercial setting include:
- Mold found on walls and moist areas around a warehouse may pose health hazards to anyone who spends time inside your facility.
- If any paint in your facility contains traces of lead, it can cause poisoning and other serious health issues such as hypertension and memory issues.
- Inadequate, fading, or peeling warehouse floor striping may cause workplace injuries.
3. Better Maintenance
When a fresh coat of paint has been applied to a warehouse it gives a tidy and clean appearance. It is easier to regularly maintain a clean environment. Making small repairs or cleaning up spills are quickly acknowledged when a warehouse has been taken care of.
4. Updated Look
Not every paint job occurs due to a problems with it. Sometimes you may just want to update your look or create a modern feel to change the mood in a space. Improving the curb appeal or the interior of a warehouse will not only preserve the structure but also conveys professionalism to customers.
Preparing a Warehouse for Painting
Repainting your warehouse can pose a few inconveniences if you aren’t properly prepared. Once you decide that your warehouse needs a new coat of paint, it must be prepared for painting.
Depending on whether your warehouse is empty or in regular use, this could either be fairly simple or take some time. Commercial building owners and managers tend to postpone the facelifts of their warehouses because they are rarely vacant. The solution is to work around these challenges.
Whether the warehouse is occupied by workers, heavy equipment, or stored goods, renovations may be disruptive to the workflow. To ensure that warehouse repainting goes as smoothly as possible and to avoid hindering business, it is important to take some steps to prepare well in advance.
Move or Protect Warehouse Contents. Building owners or managers must determine what to do with equipment, product, materials, and furniture during the renovations. If your warehouse contains a lot of heavy items, then it may not be simple to move them outside while you are painting. You need to consider the practicality of moving the contents of your warehouse during the painting process. If moving items will not work, then you should try to protect the items instead.
Covering items with a large tarp is highly recommended. This will prevent paint from accidentally splattering on them. You could also move everything as close to the center of the warehouse to keep the contents out of the way.
Cover the Floors. Large sheets of plastic will help to prevent paint from getting on the floors. This will prevent the epoxy or concrete surface from spills and stains and make the overall cleaning process after the paint job is done significantly easier. If you do have paint spill on the floor due to an accident, cleaning it up as soon as possible will minimize the impact
Minor Repairs and Sanding. Good prep work includes making minor repairs and sanding surfaces before applying primer and paint. Sanding the walls will ensure that the old color of the wall is completely covered. Proper prep work is necessary to ensure the best quality results and long-lasting finish.
Signs that a Warehouse Needs Repainting
With the busy-ness of running a warehouse, time can slip away if you don’t have scheduled maintenance checks to ensure your facility is being cared for. The exterior and interior need to be monitored for deteriorating paint on the surfaces. If you’re unsure whether your facility is due for new paint, here are some signs to look for.
No matter how high the quality of your interior and exterior paint is, over time sunlight exposure will cause the paint to fade and break down. This results in a bleached, ashy-looking color.
Paint serves as a protective covering for your facility. Faded paint color means that the wall is not entirely protected. If you don’t heed the warnings of fading paint, further damage could occur.
Cracked Paint and Caulking
Chips and cracks in your caulking can often be found near doors and windows. Tiny cracks in caulking can quickly become wide gaps capable of giving way to water, insects, and dirt. Pests can invade your warehouse from the outside.
Exterior paint is exposed to high temperatures and rough weather that cause it to crack or flake. When exterior warehouse paint is damaged, it can pose serious harm to the facility, including mildew accumulation.
While simple cracks can be filled with fresh caulking, significant gaps typically require a new coat of paint to help protect your warehouse. Apply a coat of paint or caulking to any gap you notice, as this may help protect the warehouse from further decline.
Besides being aesthetically pleasing, paint protects your walls from the elements. Paint starts to peel when exposed to moisture. Whenever moisture makes its way under the surface of the paint, it releases the bond between the paint and the surface to which the paint is applied. This causes peeling and cracking to occur that will only get worse with time.
If you are experiencing peeling on your warehouse walls, it is time to hire professional painting services immediately. The warehouse needs to be protected from moisture, which could potentially lead to mold and mildew.
Rusted Metal Walls
Many warehouse exteriors are made from metal siding. Although metal is very durable and relatively easy to maintain, a common culprit to look out for is rust. Rust occurs whenever iron or an alloy that contains iron is exposed to oxygen and moisture for an extended time. Water and humidity can also cause rusting and corrosion of metal industrial facilities.
It is important to act quickly to prevent further corrosion. Painting metal warehouses with a paint containing rust inhibitors will give great coverage with or without a primer. Experienced commercial painters have the skills and proper paint products to restore these types of surfaces.
Deteriorating Floor Markings
In addition to helping employees and managers organize and maximize space, floor markings in warehouses are also used as alerts of potential hazards and to mark safe paths. Timely maintenance of deteriorating floor markings is essential for all occupants of a commercial facility. Pay attention to any cracking, surface wear, concrete spalling, or salt crystallization on warehouse floors.
The Appearance of Water Stains or Mold
Whether small or large, be on the lookout for any condensation or moisture stains. Leaks and water buildup can lead to fungal growth and paint decay. Before applying paint, be sure to identify and repair any leaks causing these issues as soon as possible.
Time for a Warehouse Repaint?
No matter the type of commercial building you own, or your painting needs, The Painting Pros can handle it all. Our professionals specialize in commercial interior and exterior painting. Our color consultation service can assist in choosing the right colors for your facility.
We understand that disruptions can affect business. We’ll work with your team to have a plan in place before painting begins. We make it a priority to be minimally disruptive during the painting project.
We always use high-quality primer and paint products to ensure you have a lasting finish. Your paint project will be completed accurately and on time. If you believe that your facility needs painting services, reach out to us for a free consultation.