Warehouse floors can be more important than walls and loading docks. A good concrete floor is critical for success in public warehousing. The floor of a warehouse must be extremely durable to withstand the constant battering of heavily loaded wheeled vehicles. Forklifts and automated material-handling equipment like conveyors depend on a level floor for efficiency and reliability. Warehouse equipment cannot function properly with inadequate floors.
When purchasing an existing warehouse for public warehousing purposes, it is important to pay close attention to the condition of the floor. The value of a quality floor is frequently overlooked in construction and purchasing. Floor construction and maintenance is commonly given little attention. A bad floor can cause wheel wear, vehicle damage or in a worst case scenario load tipping all relating in increased expense and liability. Bad floors could potentially lead to health hazards as well. Cracked floors can allow for mold and pests to live in. Also, employees could trip on them or worse, forklifts could be effected and injure one of the operators.
Bad floors can be caused by a variety of different factors including poor construction, shrinkage of the concrete, or compaction of the supporting soil bed. The first few years are critical in the lifespan of a public warehousing floor.
A typical six-inch thick slab will shrink an eighth on an inch every twenty-lineal feet. The shrinkage is caused by the drying process. The relief joints are designed to relieve tension on the slab, reducing the cracking through expansion and contraction. As the slab dries, gaps can appear in the relief joints as the epoxy does not expand. Regular preventative maintenance includes filling in of relief joints with epoxy and is crucial to a top facility. A proper floor should be sealed to prevent absorption of water and other spillage.
FW Warehousing is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri with Midwest warehouse distribution centers in Kansas City, Indianapolis and St. Louis totaling more than four million square feet. Founded in 1949 with a focus on food-grade storage, FW later broadened its services to include contract warehousing, dry storage, hazardous material and chemical storage, temperature-controlled storage, product distribution and B2B and B2C fulfillment.
FW Warehousing has more than 50 years of experience in third-party 3PL logistics and has been ranked in the top 100 Third Party Logistic Companies in the country by Inbound Logistics magazine.
For more information about FW Warehousing and its complete warehousing, fulfillment and logistics capabilities, visit the FW Warehousing website.