Dust from unsealed concrete floors may seem harmless, but it can often create multiple hazards for a facility, operations and even staff. Conducting day-to-day operations on bare concrete floors results in a phenomenon known as “concrete dusting”, wherein trafficking over the uncoated surface produces a fine powder that gets continually released into the air. Concrete dusting is unavoidable for uncoated floors, yet it can cause costly damage. For some facilities, the dust may simply be an aesthetic concern that covers warehoused items in a layer that looks dirty and unclean. In other situations, the dust can coat, enter and damage important manufacturing equipment. Inhalation of dust can also cause health risks to employees, making it a liability for the company.
To prevent concrete dusting from becoming a hazard and nuisance in a warehouse facility, floor installers can seal floors with epoxy coatings. These floor finishes create a protective surface that, when applied over concrete floors, prevents concrete dusting. Epoxy floors also keep floors in optimal condition, even in high-traffic areas.
Warehouses have specifically designated areas that require enhanced protection. The following are common warehouse areas that can benefit from epoxy floor coatings:
Professional installers can help managers choose the proper flooring and will likely ask the following, before recommending floor finishes for a particular warehouse facility:
Of course, always consult with a flooring specialist to determine which warehouse floor system will work best in a particular facility.
To learn more about epoxy floor finishes for warehouses, contact a Florock specialist today.