Warehouse floors need lines and signs for two reasons: Safety and Efficiency.
Stripes has significant experience floor-marking across the GTA. Just consider these industries and organizations:
Toronto Transit Commission (TTC)
Ital Pasta and Yaya Foods
Direct Distribution and Emblem Logistics
Floor-Marking for Safety – It’s the Law!
Occupational Health and Safety Regulations require workplaces to clearly mark:
- Pedestrian Pathways, and
- Passageways leading to an open door or gate
Some other markings are not required by-law, but they improve workplace safety and efficiency.
- Hazardous areas
- Different work areas
- Locations for products or equipment
- Traffic route signs
Your Floor-Marking Plan
Your floor-marking plan needs:
- Accurate cost and budget estimates
- Dependable materials
- Proper preparation techniques
- Durable outcomes
We follow three key steps.
Step 1: Determining your traffic levels
How much traffic flows in your area?
Foot traffic is “light traffic.” Forklifts, pivoting wheels and dragging pallets are “heavy traffic.”
This chart helps define your traffic level.
Step 2: Selecting your materials
The top choices are paint or tape.
Paint is a good choice for light to medium traffic areas. Paint is also usually the cheapest option.
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Application of a sealer over the paint makes it collect less dirt and easier to clean.
Heavy and Extreme Traffic Levels
Epoxy solutions are best for heavy and extreme traffic areas. Epoxy solutions are more expensive than traffic paint, but worth the investment.
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Traffic Marking Tape
Here’s another option: traffic marking tape.
It costs more than traffic paint but less than epoxy. It’s not complicated to install, and usually your own staff can apply it.
In our experience, tape is suitable only in areas with light traffic level.
Please note: As a rapid cure product, Methyl Methacrylate (MMA) is good for projects where downtime must be kept to a minimum. However, MMA is not as popular as Epoxy or Acrylic because of use restrictions. MMA is not used in areas where products may be contaminated, although sealed or non-absorbing goods are safe.
Step 3: Preparing your floor
This step is crucial. Start by preparing your concrete – it will give your floor markings longer life!
In this stage, we prepare the floor by eliminating oil and dirt, removing thin top layer exposing a clean bare unsealed surface.
Some of our main techniques are:
- Using solvents to clean floors
- Applying sealer over cured concrete – filling pores, binding dust particles and forming a water-resistant film on the surface
- Mechanical abrasion, including:
- Shot Blasting – firing small beads to strip the smooth finish surface to expose a roughened concrete surface that is ideal for adhering paint, or
- Diamond Shaving – “shaving” away 1mm to 5mm of the surface creating a channel. The paint is applied to the channel creating a recessed line level with the original floor surface.