One of the most frustrating, and challenging parts of being a flooring contractor is prepping old flooring and substrate for new applications only to see that clearly it hadn’t been maintained properly. This not only creates bottlenecks in installation, but it may require a new strategy when repairing or replacing commercial floors. When customers are asked why floors aren’t adequately protected by regular maintenance, typically we get the standard answer – no one told them how to properly care for their original product. It seems like there are a lot of flooring contractors out there who simply don’t take time to explain basic maintenance to customers, which should be mandatory for job completion. In this blog post, we will explain why flooring installers should give you proper commercial floor care procedures and instructions.
When properly maintained, resinous coating, such as epoxy or polyurethane, should last decades, making it a cost-effective option for businesses. Maintaining a coated concrete floor is typically easier than maintaining other types of commercial flooring as well. Basic facility maintenance goes a long way towards extending the lifespan of your floor and preventing the need for significant repairs. Here are some considerations to help you expand the life of your floor and maximize ROI.
If you’re looking for a seamless floor surface that’s also highly resistant to a wide variety of hazards, from rough usage to chemical spills, epoxy and urethane coatings are a great choice. Either epoxy or urethane can create an absolutely smooth, seamless surface that’s perfect for businesses of all types.
A seamless floor is the right choice for almost any business environment. They’re easy to clean, easy to sterilize, and less prone to wear and tear than other tile-based flooring solutions. From warehouses to pharmaceutical clean rooms, seamless floors deliver better safety and better ROI.
That just leaves the question of what type of seamless floor to install. The three most popular options for seamless flooring are epoxy coatings, polyurethane coatings, or polished concrete. Here’s a quick rundown of the advantages of each, and what types of usage they’re best for.
There are certain areas of business where antimicrobial flooring is clearly needed, such as biomedical research or food preparation. However, that raises the question: is there any situation where antimicrobial flooring wouldn’t be a worthwhile investment?
After all, most resinous floor coatings can receive a treatment of antimicrobial additives or products that will render the floor resistant to most unwanted life. If you’re already looking towards using floor coatings to enhance and complete your concrete floor, adding antimicrobial properties just makes sense.
Seamless resinous floor coatings are ideal for a variety of commercial and industrial settings. For businesses, a seamless flooring system offers huge benefits over alternatives, such as bare concrete or vinyl tiles, while not having any major drawbacks aside from -potentially- a slightly higher installation cost. However, the durability and sustainability justify the up-front costs.
Sometimes you have to tear down before you can build up.
Not every commercial floor space is ready to have new flooring or coating laid down. When it’s a building that already has existing flooring, such as rubber or vinyl tiles, the old flooring will need to be demolished as part of the preparation process. This might even involve removing the underlying concrete as well, although it’s usually possible to salvage old concrete as long as it’s not totally torn up.
Good surface preparation is needed for the new flooring to properly adhere and deliver a long lifespan. Here are some of the ways we can help with commercial flooring demolition to prepare for a new one:
Many businesses and industries are involved in projects and product creation that require an environment free from additional electrical activity. From biomedical research to electronics manufacturing, you need to do everything possible to prevent any electrostatic discharge or buildup as your workforce moves around. Fortunately, there is an easy way to accomplish this: floor coatings with electrostatic discharge (ESD) protections. ESD flooring can be engineered to help prevent static from generating and compromising the integrity of a floor system and creating hazards in the workplace.
Concrete is an excellent option for flooring in just about any sort of commercial or industrial setting, but one thing it lacks is color. Untreated concrete is dull to look at, and while that’s OK in some settings – like warehouses – for more customer or client facing spaces people often want something more visually appealing. Two common choices here are acid stain concrete or polished concrete. Both can be used to create colors, patterns, or new textures. Which flooring method is right for your business? It depends on what your needs are. So, let’s take a look at the differences between acid stain concrete vs polished concrete:
Epoxy floor coatings are a great choice for a wide variety of businesses. Epoxy gives you a strong, durable floor that’s extremely easy to clean and hard for contaminants to grow on. You can even get metallic epoxy variations, which produce a dazzling swirled look that wows visitors. However, not all epoxies are the same. In fact, there are three basic types: solids-based, solvent-based, and water-based epoxy. Each has their uses, just depending on the situation. Which is right for your floor? Here are the major differences between solvent based vs solids based vs water based epoxy!