Industrial Floor Options
There is a wide variety of options for Industrial Floors to choose from. They are primarily, VCT and ceramic tile, vinyl sheet goods, rubber flooring, and resinous floor coatings. Each of this options has their own place in the market. So, how do you determine which one is best suited to fulfill your operation's needs?
There are a number of questions that everyone from plant manager to engineers has to ask themselves before investing on industrial floors.
What is my budget?
What type of traffic will the floor be for?
What kind of contaminants will the floor be exposed to?
What kind of maintenance will be required?
How can the flooring surface be safer and more efficient for the facility?
Well, in any case, the first and most important way to answer all these questions, will be to bring up a cost analysis into the equation. Before asking yourself how much budget will be provided for the industrial floor, ask yourself how long would it stay in the space, and what kind of maintenance can you anticipate.
If the plan is to stay in the location for an extended period of time then the maintenance for the industrial floors would play a larger role in your decision making. For example, the maintenance cost of VCT is 250% more expensive than that of a resinous floor, this is due to the fact that VCT will require constant waxing and polishing. As you can see maintenance has to be amongst the primary considerations.
Secondly, you have to determine the type of traffic and weight loads the floor will receive, examples of that, are forklifts, carts, foot traffic, etc. It will also influence your final decision. The different industrial floors will handle weight loads and high volume traffic in different ways. Resinous floors are by far the most durable of them all. Ceramic and quarry tiles will crack under heavy weight loads. VCT can wear out easily. Sheet goods may offer a cheap alternative to tile and resinous floors but they are not suited for industrial applications.
The physical makeup of vinyl and the installation process of simply gluing the sheets to the existing substrate, makes it provide a very short-term option as an industrial floor, that won't provide much protection for applications in the industrial sector.
Resinous floors are by far the best choice for any if not all industrial projects. But, what is it exactly? You've read it multiple times already, well, Resinous Floors, are a large category of chemically cured material that is poured directly onto the existing floor substrate. They are most commonly known as Epoxy resins flooring, urethane floors, urethane cement floors, or Methyl Methacrylate floors. These products offer the best strength and resiliency to industrial use.
Besides the physical strengths, they offer a quick installation where a shut down on production is necessary, and are more cost-effective as an alternative to tile.
Amongst the larger benefits of resinous floors where industrial flooring is concerned are their completely seamless applications, customizable levels of resistance, superior abrasion, and chemical resistance, and an easy maintenance.
Last but not least, Tile floors offers a high strength option for industrial flooring, but it comes at a price, as it is the most expensive one, both the raw materials, as well as the workforce required, are not at all cheap and takes a good amount of time for the installation. One of the drawbacks for tile installation is the grout lines that are required for the installation offer areas for an uneven floor and for areas that will need constant maintenance. Because of the fact that they can harbor a lot of bacteria, these grout are not recommended for food, beverage or sanitary establishments.
In addition, grout lines require maintenance annually that will add extra costs to your investment.
When it comes down to industrial floors, resinous flooring is by far the best choice, most beneficial and more cost-effective investment. It has a fast installation process allowing production to go undisturbed, it has a long lifespan which makes it the best solution.
Resinous floors, whether it be Epoxy Resins, urethane, or MMA adheres directly to the substrate.
The materials that are used for the resinous floors may have different cure rates and both chemical and temperature resistance. Different aesthetics and anti-slip qualities that can be customized.
Material providers offered long and detailed catalogs of materials that make it easier to find the most proper one to fill the facility’s needs. When it comes down to a specific project there is a myriad of variables to be taken into account. for better understanding, imagine there is an existing floor pitch that has to be redesigned to carry water to the newly installed point drains, this offers new variables that may or may not be easily handled by just one provider. So, ask yourself, are the point drains material compatible with the epoxy resins floor? Is the pitching material offering your project quick turnaround time on schedule? These questions are not to be taken lightly more often than not they result in a lackluster overlapping of responsibilities and a liability for all consumers’ warranty.
Choosing the right epoxy resins flooring contractor can be quite tricky. Just like any other aspect of the construction business, finding a reputable, trustworthy contractor that can get the job done, professionally and on a budget can be very stressful.
There are some that offered a unique approach to epoxy resins floors that allows them to design and specify all the right products for the flooring system that fits every client's individual needs. They like to constantly consult with their clients and then bounce the client’s needs off of different manufacturers to find the best answer to those clients particular needs, but that not just it, they'll get the manufacturer to back the floor system they provide.
As you can see, when it comes down to Industrial Floors there is no better option than Epoxy resins flooring.