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Floor Finishes for Warehouses

Warehouse floor finishes can treat concrete floors to be more impervious to chemical spills and heavy foot traffic

Ideal areas for epoxy floor finishes include: heavy traffic, walkways, wet and dispatch areasDust 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.

Ideal Areas of Warehouses for Epoxy Floor Finishes

epoxy floor finishes can provide a protective surfaceWarehouses have specifically designated areas that require enhanced protection. The following are common warehouse areas that can benefit from epoxy floor coatings:

  • Areas that invite heavy traffic—The right epoxy floor coatings can withstand the daily wear-and-tear that goes on in warehouses.
  • Walkway areas—Epoxy floors in various colors can indicate which areas and walkways are safe for employees and others who frequent the warehouse.
  • Wet areas—When floors become wet, they can be a dangerous slip hazard. Epoxy floor coatings can be customized to provide exceptional slip resistance.
  • Dispatch areas—Epoxy floor coatings are used to prevent the formation of concrete dust that commonly causes disruption of electronic signals.

Requirements for Warehouse Flooring

Requirements for warehouse flooring depend on frequency of facility cleaning, types of liquids in warehouse and whether the appearance mattersProfessional installers can help managers choose the proper flooring and will likely ask the following, before recommending floor finishes for a particular warehouse facility:

  1. How often will the facility be cleaned?—While all warehouses will undergo routine cleanings, some may need them more frequently. Warehouses may also need epoxy floor coatings with superior chemical resistance to withstand the utilized cleaning agents.
  2. What type of liquids and objects will be in the warehouse?—Some floor finishes can withstand damaging chemicals and liquids better than others. If harsh solvents or solutions will be used in the facility, floors may require additional coatings.
  3. Do aesthetics matter?—Will people routinely be visiting the warehouse? For those concerned with creating an especially attractive warehouse, choose an epoxy coating that doesn’t lose its luster over time or one that offers the ability to customize with decorative elements.

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.

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