Why Most of Today's Industrial Floors Are Line Marked Using Floor Tapes Instead of Floor Paints

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Why Most of Today's Industrial Floors Are Line Marked Using Floor Tapes Instead of Floor Paints

21 June 2017
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog

The floors in many industrial buildings such as warehouses and factories usually need to be line marked to meet safety requirements. Using paint for line marking on industrial floors has been the norm for many years, but not anymore. Instead of using floor paints, an increasing number of industrial managers are now embracing the use of floor marking tapes. This is because of the many significant benefits that floor marking tapes offer over paint. Here are some of those benefits.

More durable

Industrial floors are typically subjected to high levels of traffic. If you are going to mark lines on these floors and you want the lines to stay visible for a long time, it is important that you use a line marking product that offers maximum lifespan. Perhaps the biggest advantage of marking tape over paint is its longer lifespan. Unlike floors marked with paint, which may need a fresh touch of paint after a short period of intense traffic, taped-marked floors tend to be more resilient and hard-wearing, which makes them last much longer. 

Floor marking tapes can hold out against the most demanding industrial floor usage, including heavy equipment such as trucks and forklifts. To put the icing on the cake, floor tape can also bear up against chemical spills that paint cannot stand.

More cost efficient

As mentioned above, floor tapes are more durable than floor paints. This means that floor tapes do not need to be re-applied as frequently as floor paints. By virtue of having a longer lifespan and requiring less maintenance attention, floor tapes are a cheaper option over the long term, in general. 

In addition, it generally costs less to install floor tapes on industrial floors. While floor paint systems demand thorough surface preparation, multiple coats, and drying and curing times, floor tapes may only require a clean surface to be applied. The easy installation process can substantially reduce installation costs.

Ideal for smooth floors

The use of line marking paints tends to be restricted to floors with a roughened surface because paint does not stick well to smooth floors. In practice, most paint application jobs require roughening of the substrate floors so that the paint can get some grip on the floor.

With floors tapes, smooth floors are not a problem. In fact, the adhesive on the tapes adheres better to smooth surfaces as long as maximum contact between the adhesive and the floors is maintained. 

It is important to note that not all floor line marking tapes are made equal. For best results, consider investing in high-grade industrial floor tapes. As it is usually said, "you get what you pay for."