When choosing a floor coating system, facility owners must be highly conscious of the system’s indoor air quality (IAQ). IAQ references the quality of the air inside facilities for the safety of those frequenting the building. Contaminants like bacteria or pathogens, as well as volatile organic compounds (VOCs) exuded from materials within the space can be threats to acceptable IAQ. Epoxy and resinous flooring can contribute to good IAQ in a number of important ways. Read on to learn how resinous flooring can help mitigate VOC concerns in facilities.
When facilities opt for flooring that contains high levels of VOC or toxins, be it solvents, formaldehyde, phthalates, heavy metals or other dangerous substances, poor IAQ and the resulting health risks to occupants can be costly to both finances and reputation. Having to shut down for extended periods to correct the poor IAQ, added to damages from potentially harmed employees or visitors, can be an expensive undertaking. Low VOC flooring is desirable for facilities looking to minimize the unintended consequences of lesser-quality flooring. Florock epoxy and other resinous floor finishes promote the health and safety of those in the building. Low odor options with zero to very low VOC formulations, free of formaldehyde, phthalates and heavy metals, make Florock resinous floor coatings a good choice for facilities desirous of promoting good IAQ. In addition, Florock epoxy and other resinous finishes are USDA compliant, making them ideal for facilities handling food items.
Other benefits of resinous flooring systems:
Many resinous flooring systems offer speedy installation. During the application process, quality epoxy and resinous floors produce low to zero VOC, which contributes to fast turnaround times of certain formulations. Some fast-curing formulations can even cure at temperatures well below freezing, making them ideal for walk-in cooler flooring.
Epoxy and resinous flooring systems help promote a clean, healthy and safe environment. The floor surfaces are impervious to spills, providing easy clean up for facility owners. The floor coatings are also available in chemical sanitizer-resistant finishes to support Infection Control Plans. If desired, facility owners can opt for the additional antimicrobial protection of Floroseptic.
In addition to being easy to clean, the best quality low VOC resinous flooring boasts a safer chemical composition. Unlike many other floor coverings, Florock resinous floor finishes do not contain heavy metals, phthalates or formaldehyde. After full cure, our floors are completely inert, without the “outgassing” that can occur for months after installation with products like carpet, vinyl tile and sheet goods. This promotes good IAQ and helps safeguard occupants’ health.
Some floor options are not suitable for sensitive facilities. Carpeting has fibers where mold, mites and dust can multiply. Our low to zero-VOC floors, however, are non-absorbent, with a virtually seamless design void of grout lines where germs can harbor and grow. Because the floors have no welded seams and are completely bonded to the concrete surface, they also resist any cracking or curling that could compromise the flooring system.
The many benefits of low VOC flooring, including decorative beauty, high performance, good IAQ support, and outstanding long-term value, make it a clear choice for discerning facilities.
Want to learn more about how epoxy and resinous floor finishes support good IAQ? Get in touch with the Florock team. A local representative can suggest the best low VOC flooring system for your unique facility.