Converting or Remodeling Industrial Space? Don’t Forget Your Floors

Posted on Thursday, May 02, 2019

Converting or Remodeling Industrial Space? Don’t Forget Your Floors

If you’re in building operations or facility management for your factory or warehouse, there’s a lot on your mind when it comes time to repurpose a new industrial space (or update your existing one). While we certainly believe painting your facility and cleaning your industrial space are important, you can’t afford to neglect your industrial flooring.

There are some important things to consider before you ever open (or reopen) for business, and much of your industrial maintenance must begin with your flooring.

Why Floor Maintenance Is Important

Flooring as a Foundation

Before moving in people and equipment, make sure the integrity of your existing floor is not compromised. You can begin by asking questions like:

  • Are there cracks or peeling spots?
  • Do you see bubbles (a sign of air or moisture interference)?
  • Is the flooring surface uneven? Does any part of the floor need leveling?
  • Has there been damage to the floor from previous contact with heavy equipment, high foot traffic, etc.?
  • Is there a possibility of slippage, falls, or injury, given the current condition of your industrial floors?
  • Is the coloring or coating inconsistent on any part of the floor?

If the answer is yes, the flooring in your new or remodeled industrial space needs expert attention. Without a solid, level, and safe floor, you’re risking compromising employee safety and product integrity, not to mention hurting your bottom line.

Does Your Flooring Meet Your Industry Requirements?

Once you’ve done a basic walkthrough and analysis of the condition of your industrial floors, it’s time to get specific so you can make sure your flooring will help you meet your needs. Maybe you need floors that withstand the movement and operation of lots of heavy machinery. If you work in the healthcare industry, your environment must be as clean and sterile as possible.

Does your existing space have the right epoxy coatings and painting to meet the needs and requirements of your industry? If so, do you have a plan for regular upkeep and floor maintenance? If not, make it a priority to hire a contractor with industry-specific expertise to customize your industrial floor.

Demolition or Repair: How to Decide?

When preparing a new industrial or factory space, it’s difficult to know what should be repaired and what needs to be replaced. Flooring can present similar challenges. Whether you need to demolish a portion of your floor or simply replace your painting and finishes depends on the extent of the damage and imperfections in the existing floor. If you can see signs of wear and tear, discoloration, or moisture damage on the surface, there could be deeper issues with floor sealing, leveling, or coating.

There’s no one-size-fits-all approach, but your flooring contractor will know how to assess the extent of the damage and can help you find a solution that works for your new or remodeled space.

Before you schedule any flooring work, make sure you communicate to your prospective contractor when your facility must be open for business. You should never have to stop producing a quality product and your customer satisfaction should never suffer because of painting or flooring work.

The Kaloutas team has extensive experience coating, repairing, and replacing floors across a variety of industries with a zero-work-stoppage guarantee.

Your comprehensive industrial flooring estimate means you get an honest, no-pressure assessment of the condition of your floor, plus recommendations for improving its finish or customizing it to your product and industry needs. We will respect your budget and honor your timeline. Still have questions? Give us a call at 978-532-1414.

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.

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