There are many factors that come into play when looking for the best material for your warehouse floors. Many people choose concrete as their preferred warehouse floor material, and it’s easy to see why. Although today you will find options like polished concrete or VCT more common than they used to be in the past, concrete still offers the best benefits. These include easy maintenance, extreme durability, cost and spill resistance. Below we expound on the benefits of coating your concrete.
Surface Protection and Repair
Although concrete structures and floors can last for many years with minimum or no protection at all, there has been quite a lot of improvement especially with regard to surface repair and protection. Floors are subjected to all kinds of beatings from heavy equipment and foot traffic, especially in a warehouse. Because of this, it is critical to apply the best protective floor coatings to your warehouse concrete floors.
Another good thing with protective coatings is that they extend your concrete’s durability. The kind of coating you choose will depend on the conditions of your floor space. These include impact of warehouse equipment, the degree of chemical exposure and thermal shock.
There are also safety benefits that come with coated concrete floors. It’s very easy to deal with spills on concrete floors. Spills can be cleaned fast to reduce slip and fall injuries. Safety may also be included as part of coatings finishing, for instance as textured grip additive which provides a rough feel texture, or precautionary protective paint lines. All these safety features allow equipment and workers to move safely thereby preventing accidents.
Extreme Durability and Sustainability
Many of the oldest structures in existence today, for instance the Roman Coliseum, were all constructed using concrete. This just goes to explain how durable concrete is. It is because of concrete’s extreme durability that many people choose it for warehouse floors. The fact that a structure built during the Roman Empire still exists today means that your warehouse can last for generations and beyond.
There are all manner of heavy machinery equipment used in a warehouse, and these include machines like pallet jacks, forklifts and rolling carts among others. Machines of this caliber are bound to cause great damage to a floor especially if it’s not of the proper material. But if you have concrete warehouse floors that are coated and sealed properly, they will surely withstand all the abuses directed to it.
Another thing is that coated concrete warehouse floors are sustainable. Because of the many environmental benefits of concrete, it is the number one material for green business and people who want to decrease their carbon footprint.
Among the most obvious advantages of installing coatings on a warehouse is the easy maintenance and care required to keep these floors in tip top shape. Cleaning is easy as all you require is to mop the floors using soap and water. You may also wax your floors 2-3 times a year to keep them looking shiny and new. Although high traffic areas will need further attention, maintaining a concrete warehouse floor is till way easier compared to several other materials. Even in the event that your concrete has developed small breaks or cracks repairing them is still easy and all it needs to blend it right in is fresh coating.
Concrete’s extreme durability has seen it stand the test of time. And with advancements in technology, it continues to be the material of choice for most people when it comes to warehouse flooring.
TCI Striping is a full-service professional contractor specializing in Warehouse Striping & Specialty Coating services. With over 40 years of experience, we have earned a reputation as a trustworthy commercial and light industrial contractor with an extensive range of capabilities, qualified experience, specialized training and equipment, and a workforce that pays careful attention to detail. Give us a call and we’ll take care of your warehouse flooring and striping needs.