Painting/Painters of Metal Ceilings in Large Commercial Buildings, Warehouses & Facilities
In our competitive world, having a productive working facility is critical. A bright, clean work area is necessary for both working in, and for showing to your customers to prove your company is capable of completing its jobs. Facility inspections by current or potential customers has become commonplace, and you are sometimes given little notice to show how you really operate which leaves you little or no time for housecleaning.
The best way to brighten up a commercial building is to ensure that the ceiling and walls are clean and bright. Induspray is a ceiling painting contractor that has increased the illumination of facilities by as much as five times what they were prior to our ceiling painting work being done. Easily measured by using a light meter, the improvement is also visibly obvious to someone with no measuring tools. When you paint the ceilings bright white, the ceiling suddenly becomes a huge reflector of light. Conversely, a dark and dirty unpainted ceiling offers no reflection at all.
Safety & Cleanliness
Dirty, dark, and unpainted ceilings in commercial buildings, factories and warehouses can also be dangerous. They are known to be great hiding places for contamination that can cause spontaneous combustion due to oil residue, paper dust, ink paper dust, and solvents from processes taking place below in a current or previous manufacturing process.
Often the air quality at the ceiling level of a commercial building or warehouse is very contaminated. Solvents, chemicals, and other remnants of the process taking place below make their way up to the ceiling where they sit. The temperature is usually much higher at the ceiling level as well, which compounds the problem. In addition, an unclean ceiling can contaminate products during the manufacturing process by allowing dirt or contamination to fall down onto the production line.
A clean and bright ceiling can be safer for workers, landlords, and service personnel. Colour-coding of piping provides service trades people and firefighters with a safe, easy, and clear way of differentiating the maze of pipes that most ceilings have in them. This clarity not only saves time for your trades people, but may save lives if time is of the essence during an emergency. It also looks more esthetically pleasing to everyone that sees it.
Methods & Techniques
Induspray has over 40 years of expertise in spray-applied coatings. We have over a dozen different spray systems. The configuration of the spray equipment varies depending upon the project we are doing. Fluted or corrugated steel ceilings are always spray painted.
Coating systems for painting ceilings vary from dryfall paints that are made with a solvent system that allows the overspray paint to dry before it hits the ground, to epoxy and other more surface-tolerant coatings that allow us to inexpensively paint surfaces that are more difficult to prepare due to dirt, limited access, and/or corrosion. Care must be taken when planning to paint a metal ceiling; the type of metal used for the fluted deck varies, with some using a spangled galvanized finish. This requires a non-alkyd paint finish since the alkyd resin will react with the zinc in the galvanizing and create a chalky oxide or soap that will cause the paint to flake off. The presence of surface contamination must also be checked; oil and other materials can be present and must be removed prior to painting, or a more expensive surface-tolerant coating must be used.
Uniformity of ceiling colour can help to make a facility look more presentable as well.
The process of hiring Induspray initially involves us visiting the project to assess the site conditions. This can also be done by e-mailing pictures to our office along with dimensions if only a budgetary price estimate is required. Induspray will then prepare a written quotation for the client’s review. Job specifics would be covered, including start/completion dates and what preparation by the client is required prior to us coming. Once all has been adequately reviewed and agreed upon, a purchase order would be issued to Induspray.
Projects vary tremendously; some facilities are occupied and we section off the area to be worked on and hang curtain walls to enclose the area, while others are vacant and empty for us to work in. The less congestion with stored products, equipment etc. in an area, the faster we can access the areas being painted which means the less expensive it is to complete the project. Occupied facilities generally have more time allocated to cover-up and cleanup activities than actual painting time. We always strive to give our clients the best value solutions available.
Induspray is used to working under tight time constraints such as plant and warehouse shutdowns. As metal ceiling painting contractors, we know the hours required to complete the project, and combine this with the time allocated by the customer to get the project done to determine our man power and equipment requirements.
Don’t leave your commercial painting project until the last minute! Preparation is a necessity for the successful completion of painting projects. As a professional ceiling painting company, we at Induspray take preparation seriously. This is why we have a perfect track record for on-time project completion. Ordering materials, coordinating manpower, and access equipment allocation all take time. If surfaces look like they require a test to ensure adhesion, we use the pre-planning stage to do this as well. Remember the old saying “if you fail to plan, you plan to fail.”
In occupied facilities, odor can be a customer concern, and for this reason we have low-odor coatings that can be used to ensure staff in adjoining areas aren’t exposed to hazardous solvents or nuisance odors. Coating integrity a first priority, so in areas where surface preparation is difficult to perform and the surfaces are not perfect, we are forced to use coatings that have a stronger smell. Mitigation of these issues is a priority for Induspray, particularly during our project pre-planning stage. We coordinate activities taking into consideration the potential odor concern by using low-odor coatings wherever possible, checking the facility ventilation, using odor maskers, applying the coating off hours, coordinating for adjoining work areas being painted to be closed, etc.