Containment tanks are, by nature, more complicated to coat than any other industrial structures. The design, size, location, and function of storage tanks are often a challenge in maintenance and repair. That is why to ensure the structural integrity of the storage tank, the most qualified painting contractors must be chosen to perform the tank lining project.
Many tank lining contractors offer various forms of tank lining services, and to sift through the list and hire only the best, here are some tips to follow:
1. Be wary of low bidders
Don’t be lured into choosing the lowest-bidding tank lining contractor for the sake of the obvious cost benefits. Examine beyond the monetary advantages and consider the project requirements. Tank lining projects almost always require near-perfect execution, hence the right materials, equipment and personnel should be available. Consider if the bidding painting contractors can deliver the requirements and still maintain attractive costs.
2. Choose only experienced painting contractors
Painting contractors must be evaluated based on past and present projects that they have completed. If possible, double-check the contractor’s portfolio with testimonials from previous clients, to determine the contractor’s competency.
Commonly, tank lining projects differ from one another depending on project requirements, with one project requiring a different lining material from another, for instance. There is a need to delve deeper and determine the painting contractors’ experience in the specific lining materials that the project requires.
3. Evaluate the process and methodology used by the contractor
Examine the painting contractors’ tank lining job practices, based on previous projects. Ask the contractor what methodology will be applied in this particular project, given such considerations as the lining materials, the design and specification of the tank, the tank’s construction and performance history, operation instructions among others.
Examine the contractor’s capability to apply the coating, the equipment and materials that will be used and any special procedures that will be conducted. Determine the contractor’s planned surface preparation and coatings application procedures and, if possible, visit the contractor’s previous projects to assess their capabilities further.