About general flooring
The working floor connects all the operations in any facility.
Over the last forty years, the protection of concrete floors has developed from essentially nothing to a sophisticated process involving of some type of protective coating or surfacing.
The main purpose, of course, is to provide protection to the slab from deterioration or contamination, or to provide some added benefit such as aesthetics, wear, non-skid, chemical resistance, ease of maintenance, physical performance, and a myriad of other properties.
No other surface in a building takes more abuse than floors, regardless of the type of building, whether it be industrial or commercial.
Gravity is a major driver of abuse. However, so is a heavy duty action and poor housekeeping.
Floors are subjected to just about every kind of abuse – impact, abrasion, chemical attack, and thermal shock. Concrete floors are not designed to take this continual abuse. Concrete floors are porous and tend to create dust from wear and abuse. They are also subject to abrasion and chemical attack. It’s for this reason that all concrete needs some sort of protection regardless of where it’s located. The problem, in the overall picture, is to determine what type of protective material to choose for the various conditions.
However, not all slabs are the same and not all service conditions are the same.
The selection process comes down to:
- Evaluate the service conditions – define the physical requirements
- Evaluate the slab age, strength, joints and general integrity
- Consider other issues – application parameters, maintenance-free period, aesthetics, budget
- Select an appropriate flooring system
- Select a competent applicator
General flooring benefits
- Significantly safer, cleaner working environment
- Protection of the base slab from mechanical abuse
- Protection of the and chemical deterioration
- Brighter, lighter working environmemt
- Reduced cleaning costs
- Significantly increase floor surface lifespan