3 Reasons Your Industrial Floors Need Protection
Industrial flooring is strong, durable, and resilient. It is designed to hold up to years of wear and tear from foot traffic, as well as equipment like forklifts and hand trucks. It is tempting to think that industrial flooring is virtually indestructible. However, there are quite a few things that can damage your floors, leading to a need for repair or even demolition and replacement in serious cases. Let’s look at three of the most dangerous threats your concrete flooring faces and how commercial painting contractors and industrial flooring contractors can help you avoid them.
Why You Need to Protect Industrial Floors
1. Impact Damage
Perhaps the single most common type of damage to industrial floors and the most easily understood threat is impact damage. Falling machinery or dropped parts hit the floor, potentially causing damage to parts or equipment pieces. However, there’s a very real chance that damage can also be done to the floor. Something as simple as a chip or even a ding in industrial floor coating can mean real issues down the line as it can compromise the concrete polishing. Even epoxy overlay systems can be damaged by impact.
Impacts can also lead to other issues. For instance, a single chip from the concrete surface weakens the entire area. Eventually, that chip will begin to widen, sending cracks like a spiderweb through the concrete, similar to how cracks in a car’s windshield can grow. What starts as a small issue eventually grows into a major problem requiring significant repair.
2. Chemical Degradation
Your facility’s commercial flooring comes into contact with a very wide range of chemicals on a constant basis. Most of those are completely harmless. However, there is a hidden danger here. Chemicals such as chlorine and chloride lurking in something as seemingly benign as tap water can cause damage over time. There are numerous other types of chemical attacks that can cause degradation, including acid attacks, carbonation, alkali aggregate reaction, and sulfate attacks.
In these situations, degradation causes the concrete to weaken, crumbling away and exposing the iron reinforcement system, which then begins to rust and corrode itself. Eventually, this can lead to catastrophic damage and the need for demolition and replacement of your flooring.
3. Physical Damage to Joints and Spalling
Concrete expands and contracts as it heats up and cools down. Joints are created to allow this thermal cycle without causing damage to the concrete floor. Without joints, industrial floors will eventually buckle and crumble. However, joints can be subject to damage. This can lead to damage to the rest of the floor or could compromise the floor’s expansion/contraction ability.
Spalling is another threat. A crack may form in the concrete through any number of methods, including damage to contraction joints. Once in the concrete floor, moisture expands and pushes through the material. This results in damage that shows up as flaking, peeling, or raised areas on the surface of the concrete.
Protecting Your Industrial Concrete Floors
The three threats we covered above are only a few of the issues that could wreak havoc on your facility’s floors. Concrete is strong and durable, but it can be surprisingly easy to damage. Some types of damage can start small, but leave you with a need for major repairs. So, what are your options? Actually, there are several choices, depending on your situation.
If you have not yet completed construction of your facility, you can choose to use a different type of flooring system from the beginning. For instance, you could make use of a seamless epoxy system to help ensure that moisture, chlorides, and other threats cannot easily penetrate the underlying concrete.
There are options for existing concrete floors, too. Working with a reputable commercial painter and industrial flooring contractors who offers moisture mitigation and concrete expansion joint repair, combined with concrete polishing and floor demolition and replacement, ensures that you have a strong, durable floor that will stand the test of time.
At Kaloutas, we have years of experience working with industrial concrete floors, and we’re proud to offer a very wide range of services and flooring systems. Call us today at 978−532−1414 for more information.
Kaloutas is New England’s premier contractor for commercial & industrial painting, flooring, and related services. Established in 1987, Kaloutas has become a trusted resource for general contractors, facilities managers, and building owners from Connecticut to Maine. Our team prides itself on high quality workmanship, jobs done on time & budget, and tackling complex projects that other contractors don’t have the experience or resources to handle. Contact us today for a painting or flooring estimate, or give us a call at 978−532−1414 to learn more.