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Getting a New Epoxy Floor? Questions A Flooring Installer Will Ask

Every space is different—every space makes unique demands of epoxy floor installation. The following is information an installer needs to have about the condition of a facility’s floor prior to starting a job. For commercial, industrial and institutional facilities, consult our list of questions to help ensure the best epoxy floor installation.

The best epoxy floor installation requires knowledge of the layout and function of the space used

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Functionality Questions

  1. What function does the space serve, and what type of activity will take place here?—The daily use of a space greatly influences the selection of  epoxy flooring. What are the expected traffic types and levels?— Foot, handcart, forklift, vehicular, rubber wheel and steel wheel traffic all may require different epoxy or other resinous flooring types to sustain everyday use.
  1. Chemical exposure?  Determine what types of chemicals are likely to drop onto floor, their concentrations, and length of time they would typically remain on the floor before cleanup.
  1. What are the expected point loads and possible types of impact?—Areas with heavy stationary or moving equipment, such as in machine manufacturing or parts warehouses, require flooring that can withstand damage.
  1. What are the slip resistance needs?—Take into consideration whether or not the facility has specific areas that require more protection than others.  For instance, a pristine showroom floor for clients would have different slip-resistance needs than a greasy production room floor.
  1. What are the typical cleanup routines?—Some facility flooring gets subjected to frequent, thorough cleanings with harsh chemicals, while others require only occasional mopping. A manufacturer- approved epoxy flooring installer can advise on cleaning methods for a given facility floor.
  1. What are the desired aesthetics for the space?—Some operations are closely identified with their logo and desire to incorporate their organization’s image or colors into their floor designs. Consult with a professional installer to add colors, blends, logos, designs, aisleways, stripes or safety markings to create a unique epoxy flooring design.

Layout Questions

  1. What is the floor area size?—An installer will want to know the dimensions of the space to ensure that he or she has enough material to properly coat the flooring.
  1. Will the flooring system have a cove base?—Some spaces have floor-to-wall cove bases, while others do not. An epoxy installer can explain the benefits of adding this into a flooring system.
  1. Is a floor drain present?—An epoxy flooring installer will also need to know if the space currently has a floor drain.

Substrate Preparation Questions

  1. Is the concrete existing or new? If the concrete is existing, what is its current condition?  New flooring could require additional time to cure. If the concrete is an existing slab, it must be carefully examined for structural soundness and other conditions.
  1. What is on the floor now? An installer must know if the floor is covered with any mastics or adhesives, another coating or resinous topping.
  1. If floor is bare concrete, is it smooth or degraded? Damaged or flaking concrete must be repaired before an installer can apply resinous coatings.
  1. Is the floor contaminated in any way?  Are stains or other visible signs of damage present? Ideally, floors should be clean prior to epoxy installation.
  1. If concrete flooring is new, when was it poured? Some flooring may require curing time before epoxy coatings can be applied.
  1. Was there a curing agent used? What type, if known? A curing agent in concrete installation could affect the installers’ decision in using a specific type of epoxy coating.

Installation Parameter Questions

  1. What time is available for floor installation and curing? A flooring installer may be able to recommend fast-curing epoxy options if quick turnaround times are required.
  1. What other trades are involved and who is in charge of coordination among all? Keeping track of the installation will be helpful to all involved and ensure the process runs smoothly.
  1. Will building be occupied during the epoxy floor installation? Talk to a specialist to determine which coating systems are most convenient for facility scheduling.
  1. What is the available lighting and electricity during floor installation, and will the interior climate be controlled during this time? All of these factors are imperative for proper resinous flooring installation.
  1. What is the expected/desired lifespan of the flooring, and how long does the end user plan to occupy the building? Epoxy flooring does not require frequent replacement, unlike many other flooring options. By knowing end user expectations, the installer can recommend an ideal system.
  1. What is the budget? Ask the installer which epoxy flooring model will meet both duration requirements and allocated budget.

Once these questions are answered, a professional resinous flooring specialist can assist in selecting the optimal flooring value for unique applications. Need more help deciding which flooring type will work best for a given space? Contact the resinous flooring specialists at Florock.

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