Installing a Floor System Designed for Chemical Containment in Wilmington, MA

Posted on Friday, October 09, 2015

Installing a Floor System Designed for Chemical Containment in Wilmington, MA

We recently finished a project in Wilmington, MA, that called for our expertise in both painting and meeting customized industrial flooring needs.

Our client is a leading manufacturer of world-class water purification systems. Two new rooms had just been added to their operational facility, and these spaces were designed specifically to house the new technology and equipment they use for innovation and development.

As is often the scenario for our industrial flooring clients, this company had very specific needs. In this case, their flooring system had to be designed for chemical containment, just in case there were any spills from their new equipment. Working in close communication with the variety of other trades that were supplying their services, we began applying a flooring solution that would check off every item on the list of requirements.

What Does a Chemical Containment Floor System Look Like?

There were a few key components involved, so let’s take a closer look at those before we dig into the specific products used.

  • The Floor Itself - We installed a seamless epoxy chemical containment floor system. If you would like more details about the benefits of a system like this one, be sure to visit our epoxy floor coatings overview. In short, however, this is a strong, durable, easy to maintain option. As you’ll see in a moment when we discuss the product details, it also is a system that can be easily tailored for your industrial or commercial environment.
  • Cove Base - A troweled cove base is essentially a seamless, curved extension of the flooring that wraps just slightly up the wall. It eliminates the typical sharp edge between the floor and wall, and is ideal for easy cleaning and, of course, containment of spills.
  • Containment Coating - Taking the containment just a bit further, we also extended the epoxy topcoat that we used for the floor 14” up the wall from the base.
  • Extra Features - In case of larger chemical spills, there are pop-up gates designed to corral and contain. For added visibility, we painted the boxes that designate trench areas with an eye-catching safety yellow.

What Kind of Epoxy Do You Use for Chemical Containment?

For this project, we applied two high-quality products:

Both of these epoxy coatings are specifically developed for exceptional chemical resistance, and are able to perform in the face of the harsh conditions you would expect to find in a chemical processing plant. Caustics, strong acids, and solvents are not an issue.

Interior and Exterior Painting

For the painting portion of this project, we chose Promar 200 Zero-VOC from Sherwin-Williams. Not only does it offer a beautiful, durable finish, but the lack of VOCs means that there is no odor. A non-intrusive paint was ideal for a project like this where there were both other trades at work and ongoing operations in the facility nearby.

Can We Answer Your Painting or Flooring Questions?

We are always here to help, and are more than happy to answer any questions you might have. Why not give us a call at Kaloutas today?

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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