Environmental Concerns for Industrial Facilities

March 19, 2013

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    No matter what industry you’re in, your facility is your biggest investment. Time and exposure to the elements, both inside and outside your structure, can take a toll on your facility—so it’s important to get the best possible protection for your investment.

There are many ways your industrial painting contractor can help you control and prevent environmental damage to your most valuable structures. Whether due to chemicals and corrosive materials, weather conditions, or the materials you handle, a skilled contractor can apply protective coatings that will keep your facility from degrading—while preserving its aesthetic appeal.

Corrosion control

Corrosion is a damaging process that usually occurs through natural environmental hazards, including water and salt water, abrasive wind, extreme temperatures, or even sunlight. While most people associate corrosion with steel, this type of damage can also appear in drywall, masonry, and concrete.

For an industrial facility, the best choice for corrosion control of steel structural components and other areas exposed to harsh conditions is typically epoxy. This highly durable coating is resistant to heat, water, and chemicals, and has excellent adhesion properties.

UV protective coatings

It’s hard to believe that something as welcome and enjoyable as sunlight can be harmful, but ultraviolet (UV) rays cause fading, peeling, cracking, and a deteriorating condition known as chalking. When paint is damaged by sunlight, it leaves the underlying substrate open to rust and corrosion, which weakens structural integrity.

Polyurethane and UV protective top coats reflect the sun’s harmful rays away from your facility. This not only helps to prevent damage, but also enhances the appearance of your industrial structures.

Chemical resistant deck coatings

As every industry knows, your facility’s floors and decks can really take a beating. Spilled chemicals and other harmful substances are a fact of life—and if your decks aren’t protected, these everyday spills can lead to more serious damage.

Experienced industrial painting contractors often use chemical resistant deck coatings for industrial projects where damaging spills are frequent. These coatings are engineered to be practically impermeable, and also permit easy cleanup and maintenance.

Exterior tank coatings & containment tank linings

It’s essential to keep your industrial tanks in top condition to prevent leaks and contamination, as well as to maintain the reputation of your facility. Because tank exteriors are generally exposed to the environment all year round, they are subject to rust and corrosion damage. Again, epoxy coatings are often the best choice to protect industrial tanks from environmental wear and tear.

Of course, the interiors of your tanks also need to be protected. Most containment tanks use specialized fiberglass coating that is difficult to apply due to several factors in mixing, application, and dry time. For containment tank linings, it’s important to work with an experienced industrial contractor who has the proper certifications and permits for interior tank work.

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