Not all warehouse floor finishes are the same – and if you have a warehouse floor that needs attention, there are lots of things to consider.
Warehouse floors cop a real beating, which is why you have to consider the various warehouse floor finishes that are available.
It should come as no surprise that concrete is the flooring of choice for most warehouse. It’s durable, economical and low maintenance. But to supercharge its performance you’ll need to consider which warehouse floor finishes are right for your business.
In a nutshell you’ll want to factor in:
Volume of Traffic
If your warehouse floor needs to withstand heavy duty machinery and frequent forklift and trolley movement, you’ll want to consider using a durable and protective warehouse floor finish like epoxy. Epoxy has a higher compression strength than polyurethane making it ideal for heavy industry, commercial warehouse floors.
Warehouse floors finished with polyurethane, on the other hand, tend to be more elastic, which means they’re less prone to scratches and chipping, making this the warehouse floor finish of choice if you expect high volumes of foot traffic.
If you expect minimal traffic, either foot or machinery then an acrylic sealer may be entirely adequate for your warehouse floor.
Chemical/ Temperature Exposure
You’ll also need to consider whether the chemicals or oils contained in your warehoused products are likely to come into contact with the floor. As far as warehouse floor finishes go, epoxy and polyurethane react differently to different acids and chemicals. Polyurethane tends to provide more resistance to the organic acids found in food products, for example, whereas epoxy offers greater protection against the chemical compounds found in, say diesel and alcohol.
An added benefit of a polyurethane coating is its ability to withstand a wide range of temperatures from about -20 degrees Celsius to 120 degrees Celsius, making it ideal for warehousing products which are temperature sensitive.
When thinking about warehouse floor finishes you may need additives to increase slip resistance, as well as additional markings such as safety lines to reduce the likelihood of accidents. Warehouse floors which have been coated and sealed with the right material allow spills to be cleaned up quickly and safely, and minimise stains and discolouration.
It’s essential that you choose the right warehouse floor finish for your business needs. By properly coating and sealing your warehouse floors from the outset, you’ll increase their performance and durability.
Contact Eco Grind – you’ll save time and money in repairs and maintenance, and that’s just good for business.