When Is the Best Time to Re-Do My Industrial Flooring?
While high-quality commercial flooring is built to last, even the strongest and best-maintained floors wear down over time. Eventually, it will be necessary to re-coat, repair, and/or replace your industrial flooring. That said, industrial flooring projects can be time-consuming and expensive, especially if they interfere with your regular operations. The question remains then: when is the best time to have your industrial flooring re-done? There are many suitable answers to this question, whether related to your floor’s condition, your business’ branding, external conditions, and/or your facility’s scheduling needs.
When Do You Need New Industrial Floors?
When It’s Been About a Decade Since Your Last Flooring Project
Industrial floors that have been properly polished or sealed and well-maintained can endure a long time. In low-traffic settings, your facility’s flooring might last as long as 30 years before needing resurfacing. In more active areas, however, repairs and fresh applications may be needed every 5 – 10 years or so. If it’s been about this long since you last had your floors re-done, it may be time to have a professional examine them and provide an estimate.
When You See Clear Signs of Damage
Damage can befall your floors at any time, of course. Impact, moisture intrusion, and shifts in the ground constitute the main abrupt threats to your industrial flooring. Sometimes, the damage caused by these threats can be difficult to notice. In other cases, though, the signs are clear. Instances of mold indicate persistent water damage, while large cracks, divots, slopes, and bumps may suggest underground movement or impact. No matter how long it’s been since you last had your floors done, these visible issues should be addressed as soon as possible to reduce safety hazards and prevent larger problems from forming.
When You’re Rebranding
There are other reasons to re-do your industrial flooring beyond wear and tear. Your floors are an integral part of not only your facility’s operations but also its image. If customers and guests regularly see your floors, you want to ensure that they make a positive impression. Investing in fresh industrial floor coatings is a good way to refresh your business’ brand image, whether it’s simply to provide some smooth shine or some new color to match your rebranding efforts.
When Conditions Are Just Right
When considering the best time to tackle an industrial flooring project, you must also think about the project’s environmental conditions. Most flooring projects occur indoors where the climate is highly controllable. That said, outside temperatures and humidity levels can still affect interior flooring and interfere with industrial flooring projects. When things are too cold, floors contract — when they’re hot, floors expand. High humidity levels can also make the application of epoxy coatings more difficult, so drier conditions are optimal. Whether your facility is seeking polished concrete floors, epoxy floor coatings, or something else, flooring experts will always prioritize days that offer the best conditions for the task at hand.
When Your Facility Is Taking a Break
Like any other renovation, industrial flooring projects often get in the way of your operations– maybe even more than most other projects, considering your facility’s floors facilitate so many other activities. Trying to tackle concrete resurfacing or repairs while things are in full swing can put your people in harm’s way, frustrate customers, and interfere with production. The best time to re-do your industrial flooring is when your facility will already be slowing down or temporarily halting its operations. For many facilities (even those that run 24⁄7), some times of day, days of the week, and/or weeks out of the year are slower than others — these are optimal for industrial flooring projects. It’s key to work with industrial floor contractors that respect your scheduling needs and do whatever they can to get the job done without stopping workflow, which could cost you precious time and dollars.
Improving Your Flooring when the Time Is Right
Industrial flooring projects are inevitable if you wish to keep your facility safe, productive, and beautiful — the key is getting them done at the right time. At Kaloutas, we always aim to work according to your needs and goals. As such, we can complete various industrial flooring projects safely and efficiently while guaranteeing that your operations don’t skip a beat. To learn more about us and all that we do, contact us online or give us a call at 978−532−1414 today.