3 Steps for Planning Your Epoxy Floor Coating for a High-Traffic Commercial Floor
Your high-traffic commercial flooring goes through a lot — heavy machinery, foot traffic, impact from falling objects, ground moisture, and more. To keep your floors strong and beautiful amidst all this action, you must protect them with durable systems, such as urethane cement, troweled epoxy mortar, or epoxy coating systems. Epoxy coatings are by far the most popular options here. These coatings are visually versatile, resistant to impact, chemicals, traffic, and more. So, installing these coatings (or similar types of coatings) is a no-brainer. However, finding the right opportunity to get the job done is another story entirely.
With so much activity in your facility, how can you properly apply these coatings without getting in the way of your people or operations?
Here are three key steps for planning your epoxy floor coating project in your high-traffic commercial facility.
How to Plan for Epoxy Floor Coating
1. Schedule Services Strategically
The successful installation of industrial flooring systems is highly dependent on proper scheduling. While different coatings take more or less time to install and cure, the average commercial epoxy coating job takes several days on average — typically with a minimum of 3 coats with 8 hour cure cycles you can be back on your floor within 24 hours after the top-coat is installed. If your facility experiences regular downtime (i.e., overnights or weekends), you’ll already have a built-in time slot you can use to your advantage. The more days off in a row, the better. If, on the other hand, your facility runs 24⁄7 or close to it, you’ll have no choice but to have services done during hours of operation. To minimize disruptions, work with a contractor that has enough resources and experience to get the job done efficiently with no work stoppage. These professionals may break up the process in such a way that portions of your facility flooring remain usable while the other portions are being coated. Your contractor should be willing and able to understand your operational needs and unique challenges, so your bottom line doesn’t take a hit during or after the process.
2. Keep Employees and Customers Informed
It’s also crucial to keep your staff, guests, and customers in the know before, during, and shortly after the epoxy floor coating process. Failing to communicate what’s going on can result in accidents that either interfere with your people, flooring, operations, or some combination of the three. Make announcements and post signage in highly visible areas that indicate which portions of your facility flooring are off-limits and which are fine to use. And be sure to allow all epoxy floor coatings to fully cure before putting them back in operation.
3. Clean and Repair Existing Flooring
While your commercial flooring contractor will perform the preparations, it’s worth noting that all areas must be free of all obstructions before the contractor arrives and fresh commercial floor coatings can be applied.
Failing to clean and/or repair your floors before coating them can result in poor adhesion, uneven surfaces, trapped particles, and more. It may go without saying, but none of these outcomes are ideal. It’s worth doing some preliminary floor cleaning of your own before the professionals come in and do their thing — doing so will make their jobs easier, speeding up the entire process and helping to ensure its success.
High-Traffic, Low-Stress Floor Coating
At Kaloutas, our goal is to take out the frustration and guesswork of commercial repairs by getting to know your particular operations and needs and working with your schedule. We’ve provided a wide variety of commercial flooring solutions to countless clients in all types of industries, always offering our No Work Stoppage guarantee. Allow us to help plan and execute your next commercial flooring project without getting in the way of your daily operations. To learn more about us and all that we do, contact us online or give us a call at 978−532−1414 today.