Industrial Flooring Specification, Facts, and Advice
material specification stage to prevent the problem from occurring in the first place by selecting fit-for-purpose, durable floor systems that have been designed to meet the operational demands of the individual environment alongside any health, safety, hygiene, and compliance regulations specific to that industry.
Some of the most common mistakes that should be avoided during the specification stage include choosing a finish based only on its visuals, picking the cheapest option, simply using the same system as before, and paying little attention to the substrate or the practicalities of the site’s future use. Falling into any one of these traps could result in the application of an inadequate floor that will crack, crumble and fail when faced with the site’s day-to-day demands.
Resin flooring has become a popular choice for industrial sites thanks to the hardwearing and easy to clean properties they can provide, combined with the fact that additional benefits such as bactericidal agents, anti-slip aggregates, and static electricity dissipation can be incorporated into the finish.
The demands placed upon the floor surface or the resilience of the material itself is often underestimated until it is too late. Understanding the reasons or triggers that can lead to floor failure can help prevent such instances from ever occurring.
Despite the durability of resin flooring, it is vitally important to take a number of factors into account to ensure a long lasting and high performance finish. This is especially true in industrial settings, where the floor will have to withstand chemical abuse from a variety of substances including water, dust, fuels, sanitizers, acids, lubricants, and in certain industries, by-products from foodstuffs including sugars, hot oils, blood and grease. If left unchecked, chemical attack can degrade not only the finish but can eat into the concrete substrate and affect the soil underneath.
The temperature of the chemical contaminants or harmful substances will need to be considered. For example, grease is fairly inert at room temperature but highly corrosive when heated to high temperatures.
On top of this, the nature of exposure to which the floor will be subjected is also