Every industry has unique operating conditions and business requirements that influence large facility flooring decisions. Many flooring systems exist and at times, the choices may seem overwhelming. If your organization is in the market for new flooring, answering the following five questions may help you identify options that will best meet your needs:
1. Is it a top priority to minimize facillity downtime, while a flooring system is installed? If an organization is renovating its facilities, the management team often has to balance the benefits of large facility improvements with the amount of disruption they will cause to the business. When every day of downtime translates into lost revenue, it’s common for companies to seek flooring systems that can be installed rapidly. Methyl methacrylate or MMA flooring systems are a good option under these circumstances. MMA flooring systems are flow applied, which means that large facility floors can be installed quickly and without trowel marks. Black Bear Coatings & Concrete has worked with restaurants and bars, retail stores, showrooms, building lobbies, and more to install MMA floors quickly and with a minimum of disruption.
2. Is the business characterized by stringent operating conditions? In industries like food and beverage processing and pharmaceutical manufacturing, facility floors are subjected to tough treatment to ensure that hygiene levels are maintained. These environments demand flooring systems that can withstand wet conditions and high temperature cleaning with chemicals. Urethane coatings are a logical choice because they produce seamless floors that deter chemical and water intrusion.
3. Is the business seeking a flooring solution with a strong visual impact? In consumer-oriented industries, such as retail and hospitality, it’s important for large facilities to project a stylish image that will attract customers. Metallic epoxy flooring is one alternative that’s growing in popularity for high traffic flooring. Its glass-like finish and shimmering surface is an eye-catching addition to a building or store. Metallic epoxy flooring can be installed in decorative colors and it provides a seamless, water resistant surface. Polished concrete is another great choice for industries where aesthetic appeal is a top priority. With polished concrete, many design options are available. Floors can be stained in a variety of colors. It’s also possible to add stenciled graphics or decorative engraving into the surface of the floor.
4. Are customer or employee requirements a key consideration when selecting a floor? For some facilities, customer and employee requirements are an important input into flooring selection decisions. In healthcare, for example, it is essential to have floors that prevent the growth of bacteria. Seamless floors are the answer and urethane coatings are a good choice. It may also be necessary to use building materials that do not have strong odors or emissions. In these situations, zero VOC urethane coating products are an ideal solution.
5. Is occupational safety the most important requirement for the floor? In many industries, occupational safety is a major concern. In industrial facilities, employee injuries can prompt OSHA investigations. In retail and healthcare settings, customer and employee safety are also top priorities. As a result, non-slip surfaces may be a key consideration when selecting a flooring system. Fortunately, many different flooring systems offer non-slip textures, including epoxy coatings, polished concrete, and more. We’re happy to say that it’s not necessary to sacrifice durability or aesthetic factors in order to get a safe floor.
To learn more about the best flooring system for your industry, contact the experts at Black Bear Coatings & Concrete. With over 25 years of collective experience engineering floors for companies in every industry sector, we will value engineer the right solution and find a flooring solution that will meet your business and budgetary needs. Black Bear is a leading concrete and coatings flooring company that serves New England – Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Northern Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, as well as New York (north of New York City). Rest assured that we have the staff, equipment, and expertise needed to make your floor project a success.
We spend time upfront to assess each client’s needs, identify the best flooring solution, engage in the right preparation, and then install the floor using industry best practices. We’d love to help your company. Contact us today for a free estimate.