6 Signs Your Warehouse Needs Concrete Floor Resurfacing
Warehouses are highly active workspaces. Workers use high-powered, heavy machinery to transport boxes, pallets, and other materials to and from shelves, platforms, and trucks. All of this movement requires a solid foundation, which is why you’ll find concrete floors in most warehouses.
But even concrete floors, durable as they may be, will wear down over time. Performing regular maintenance and taking preventative measures will let you get the most out of your concrete surfaces. Eventually, however, the time might come to strip away your old floor protection and install something new. How can you tell when it’s time? Here are six signs your warehouse needs concrete floor resurfacing.
How to Know Your Warehouse Needs Resurfacing
The Surface is Delaminating
We’ll get the most obvious sign out of the way first. If the epoxy– or other material– covering your floors is losing its adhesion (a process known as delamination), your floors require resurfacing. Delamination is usually easy to spot, as it looks like a chunk has been removed from the top layer of your floor. This process happens for a number of reasons, often having to do with temperature fluctuations, moisture intrusion, and/or improper installation.
Cracks are Rampant
If you start to see cracks in your floors, it may be time to invest in either concrete floor repair or resurfacing. The best option for your warehouse flooring will depend on the number and severity of cracks. If the problem is isolated, your floors may only need minor repairs and not a full resurfacing job.
There’s Bubbling, Blistering, and/or Staining
Your concrete floors should be smooth and even both physically and aesthetically. When the epoxy (or other type of concrete coating) begins to blister or change in color, you’ve likely got excess moisture in your floors. If that’s the case, mere resurfacing won’t do the trick. You’ll need to test your moisture levels, and determine the root cause of the problem. Oftentimes the issue is vapor rising from the earth and penetrating the subfloor. If you find elevated RH (relative humidity) in the slab and you want to have a coating/topping installed, moisture-mitigation should be installed during the resurfacing process.
You Notice Mold and Mildew
It’s Getting Slippery
Slick floors are hazardous in any facility, but they’re especially dangerous in warehouses and other industrial settings with lots of foot traffic and mobile heavy machinery. To make your space safer, more efficient, and compliant with OSHA regulations, resurface your concrete floor with anti-slip coatings. This will add some much-needed traction to your floors.
Things Seem Off Balance
Warehouse concrete floors should be level so workers and machines can safely get from point A to point B. But floors can begin to sink and/or curl in certain areas due to shifts in the earth, pressure from equipment and movement, delamination, and more. If this happens to your floors, concrete resurfacing is essential for keeping your warehouse personnel safe and productive and restoring balance (quite literally).
Is It Time to Resurface Your Floors?
If you take excellent care of your concrete floors, resurfacing might not be in order for a long, long time. Sometimes, however, these matters are out of anyone’s control, and you may need to fix up your floors sooner than you would have hoped. Fortunately, Kaloutas is here to answer your flooring questions and resurface your concrete when necessary. To learn more about us and all that we do, contact us online or give us a call at 978−532−1414.