In­dus­trial Floor­ing Spec­i­fi­ca­tion, Facts, and Ad­vice

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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

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