Warehouse Striping: Decisions to make before hiring a contractor. Part 1
Part 1 of 3 Warehouse Striping
If you are a decision maker on a large warehouse line striping project then you are going to want to look at this three part check list. Over the next week we will take a look at the most important factors to consider when hiring a striping contractor. Hopefully, this list can save you headaches and hassles from making the wrong choices.
Line Striping in a Warehouse California.
1. Contractor License:
Most states have an online tool to verify the status of a contractor’s license. Our license’s status, for instance, can be confirmed on the CSLB at http://www.cslb.ca.gov/. On this site, there is a license status check as well as the ability to check current bond, insurance, and workers compensation information. A national list of links to state licensing boards can also be viewed at http://www.clsi.com/state_contractor_license_board.htm
2. Insurance and Workers Compensation:
This is probably the second most common trap customers encounter. They hire a licensed company that has allowed their insurance to lapse or simply never had any in their company’s history. This leaves companies with huge exposure to medical claims and lawsuits. I have personally been an expert witness on cases where large companies hired small and uninsured contractors in order to save a few hundred dollars only to end up paying millions from the litigious situations they create. To avoid these pitfalls, only do business with licensed and insured contractors.
3. Legal Paint Selected:
When it comes to warehouse line striping, there are many companies claiming they are qualified to execute warehouse striping work when they actually are not. A great question to ask your contractor to help you assess their qualifications include, “What are the laws regarding air quality and my paint choices?” Good contractors are familiar with the current state laws addressing which paints are legal and which paints fall short of environmental and air quality requirements. First time fines for the use of an illegal paint can fall in the tens of thousands of dollars. There are many great products sold by national paint manufacturers that will last a long time. So take some extra time to make sure you are covered with paint products that meet state codes and requirements.
There are many important decisions to make when planning and managing large warehouse striping projects. Look for part two next week when we continue our report addressing the main questions to ask a striping contractor for warehouse striping and painting projects. Check back next week when we look at the next three issues. Timing, Experience, Guarantees.