When your business involves heavy equipment such as forklifts and pallet jacks, your floors put up with a lot of wear and tear. These machines are designed to lift thousands of pounds and can weight quite a bit on their own. Likewise, the constant traffic can create scuff marks and scrape into the surface.
Concrete is strong, but it is not invincible.It is the ideal material for warehouses and other facilities where strength trumps aesthetics, but concrete must be cared for, just as any other floor should. Protect your floors from damage and avoid replacing them for years. Choose the perfect industrial floor coatings for your business needs.
Types of Industrial Floor Coatings
Industrial floor coatings are made from several different materials that, when combined, form a chemical reaction that produces a more durable and heavy product. Most coatings are recognized as a thin, clear, plastic-like material that allows the surface beneath to show through. For this reason, concrete may be dyed, stained, or polished prior to the addition of coatings.
The most common products are made from epoxy, urethane, acrylic, and silica. Synthetic materials like polyester and vinyl ester can also be used to form coatings. To fully understand any of the types of coatings, it is important to study its technical data and performance measurements. Some materials are more appropriate in a specific setting than others. A professional can elaborate on the benefits of each in your specific application.
Protection Needs of the Concrete Floor
The most significant factor in the application of industrial floor coatings is the type of hazards that come in contact with the floor.Impact-resistant coatings can withstand direct impact with heavy loads. These coatings are thicker than the average. Coatings that must be abrasion-resistant can hold up against the constant flow of traffic, including that from steel-wheeled devices. Chemical-proof coatings need to be tailored to certain chemicals that might be spilled our poured in larger quantities. This includes the type of cleaning products used. Thermal Shock is the fluctuation in temperature that a surface experiences. Even in areas where the weather is fairly moderate, the ground temperature has an effect on flooring and can cause it to expand or contract. This can be minimized with the right coatings.
Choosing an Industrial Floor Coating
To compare types of materials and match them with your facility needs, work with a professional concrete contractor. The team members at ICS Coatings have experience working with all types of business and commercial concrete floors. A contractor can help you plan the upgrade from beginning to end. The concrete must first be evaluated to determine if it is damaged or needs repairs. If the floor is in good condition, it may only need to be cleaned prior to the application of coatings. Part of the evaluation will be determining the protection needs of the floor. In most cases, there is more than one hazard in the facility and coatings can be customized to guard your floors from any combination.
No part of your building takes more abuse than the floor. With the addition of industrial floor coatings, this safeguard will extend the life of your concrete. It will be resistant to damage of all kinds, as well as easier to maintain. This is a practical solution for all types of businesses, big or small.
When you are ready to talk with a professional about your next concrete floor project, talk to the team at ICS. We have over 20 years of experience and have installed or updated over a million square feet of concrete floors. The combination of expertise, proprietary equipment, and dedication to a job well-done make ours the service you can trust. To get started, fill out the Got a Project form with some basic information about your project.
Concrete Flooring Service Area
ICS provides concrete solutions to all of the northeast. Here is a small list of cities and towns where we have completed many industrial and commercial concrete flooring applications.
|Portland, Maine||Bangor, Maine||Augusta, Maine|
|Nashua, New Hampshire||Manchester, New Hampshire||Portsmouth, New Hampshire|
|Boston, Massachusetts||Worecester, Massachusetts||Springfield, Massachusetts|
|Burlington, Vermont||Montpelier, Vermont||St. Johnsbury, Vermont|
|Providence, Rhode Island||Warwick, Rhode Island||Cranston, Rhode Island|
|Hartford, Connecticut||New Haven, Connecticut||Stamford, Connecticut|
|New York||New Jersey||Pennsylvania|