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What is a Fluid Applied Flooring System?

As the name implies, fluid applied flooring systems are applied on-site in liquid form and cured to create a smooth, nonporous surface. Common types of fluid applied systems include epoxy, polyaspartic and polyurethane. These systems can be installed directly onto properly prepared concrete slabs, and are often used in a variety of commercial, institutional and industrial settings where durability and ease of cleaning are high priorities.

Chemical resistant Florock automotive flooring improves the appearance and safety in this truck repair facility.

Fluid applied flooring systems are commonly created by combining one or more liquid polymers with a choice of aggregates and/or decorative elements that add strength and customize appearance. As the reactions between the different chemical components are what allow the floor coatings to bond to the concrete and cure, they typically must be kept separate until finally being combined at the job site just prior to application.

Benefits of a Fluid Applied Flooring System

Fluid applied flooring systems have long been the preferred type of floor covering for many industrial and commercial settings that must accommodate high levels of traffic and a range of harsh conditions. Some of the most important benefits these systems can offer include:

  • Strength and Durability. Epoxy and other liquid applied floor coatings are installed directly onto correctly prepared concrete, where they can significantly increase the ability of the surface to bear heavy loads, resist damage from puncture and abrasion, and withstand spills of corrosive chemicals.

 

  • Ease of Cleaning. When a flooring system is fluid applied, the result is a smooth, virtually seamless surface devoid of the grout lines or seams associated with tile or plank systems. Without these crevices where dirt and bacteria can accumulate unchecked, fluid applied systems are far easier to effectively and thoroughly clean.

 

  • Cost Effectiveness. Well selected and installed fluid applied floors have a long usable life. When the time finally does come for a refresher coat, the existing system can often remain in place, avoiding the removal and disposal costs incurred when working with tile, sheet or roll goods. Factory authorized installers can frequently prepare the existing surface relatively quickly and apply the new coating or floor system directly over the old.

Durable Flooring for a Variety of Settings

In addition to these overarching benefits, fluid applied flooring systems are highly customizable and are available in a variety of chemical formulations to meet the specific needs of nearly every facility. Working with flooring experts who are well versed in the diverse options available helps ensure that you get the best and most up to date advice, and can choose the optimal type for your specific project. Epoxy floor coatings, for example, while an excellent choice for many situations, don’t perform optimally in environments with extreme temperature fluctuations or consistently high levels of moisture – a facility facing these conditions could be better off with a cementitious urethane mortar floor system.

Design possibilities are virtually unlimited, as demonstrated by this exciting Florock fluid-applied floor, donated as part of an ESPN school program.

From restaurants and food processing facilities to auto shops, hospitals, schools, factories, high-tech industries and aircraft hangars, the team of experts at Florock is familiar with the different demands of your industry. After a professional consultation to discuss your facility’s unique operational flooring requirements, we can help you choose the fluid applied flooring system that will perform best given your facility activities, expectations and budget.

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