Your warehouse flooring is the main thoroughfare for all of business activities, and as such the warehouse floor takes a lot of abuse on a daily basis. Warehouses need to accommodate infantry, heavy foot traffic, vehicles and massive weights. The floors therefore need to be durable enough to allow for this.
Occasionally, heavy loads are required to be dragged across the warehouse floor, causing indentations, cracks, scuffs and scratches. Sadly, warehouse floors tend to be ignored until the damage is done. Unfortunately, this can mean that repairs are often carried out in a hurry, causing larger issues further down the line. Which can quickly translate into high costs, health and safety risks and downtime. Eventually, this type of reactive maintenance will mean that your industrial flooring is no longer fit for purpose. This is when new warehouse flooring is required.
If your flooring was installed prior to the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992, it is possible that your business is no longer compliant. Therefore, the flooring will need replacing.
Industrial floors are expected to take a lot of weight and traffic. And as such, over time this can result in the warehouse floor no longer being completely flat. Naturally, uneven flooring can cause a number of issues, for example insecure racking and workforce safety risks. So, if you do find that your flooring is no longer level it will be time to update it.
For the comfort and safety of your employees, it is important to ensure that your warehouse floors meet the needs of your type of business. For example, offering a slip-free surface on walkways can reduce accidents in the workplace, so if your entire warehouse flooring is of a polished nature, it could be time to look for an alternative.
It is very easy when trying to ensure as little downtime in operations as possible to simply ‘patch up’ small cracks and chips that occur. Sadly, this can cause larger cracks to develop beneath the repair which will result in a need to replace the entire flooring area.
If the warehouse was originally designed as a light industrial unit and it is now required to allow the use of forklifts, for example, the flooring will need to be updated in order to safely allow for the additional weight.
Over time the surfaces will need to withstand many impacts, and eventually, the surface will start to crack and wear out. Constantly carrying out minor repairs can eat into budgets and operational effectiveness. It is at this time that new warehouse flooring, with all the benefits of modern standards, should be seriously considered.
Often the warehouse is a showcase for business and will have clients and investors visiting. If your warehouse floor has tyre marks and chips and looks generally in need of care, it will be detrimental to these types of business interactions.
We hope that this article has been of assistance, and if you would like to discuss your new warehouse flooring requirements further, Contact us, we will be happy to help.
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