When a manager researches flooring options for their facility, budget is typically of high concern. In order to make the best decision for the operation as well as the budget, understanding the relevant options and exploring the latest product innovations are as much a part of “getting a quote”, as receiving the actual cost estimate. In order for manufacturer-certified installers to provide an accurate quotation on a flooring system that meets a facility’s specific requirements and expectations, they may ask a variety of in-depth questions of the building manager. It can be beneficial for facilities to have these details ready in advance, so that installers’ questions can be answered quickly. When compiling a list of information about the upcoming flooring installation, be sure to include answers to these common questions.
While the size of the floor isn’t the only thing necessary for an accurate flooring quote, it is certainly an important aspect of the job and typically one of the first questions a flooring installer will ask. The contractor will need to know the dimensions in order to estimate the project’s concrete preparation and resinous flooring material needs, and in turn, incorporate that information into the quotation for your new facility floor.
Installers will also want to know whether the flooring system is to have an integral floor-to-wall cove base—if you’re unsure about whether your facility should get an integral cove installed, ask your certified installer or floor manufacturer’s rep about the benefits specific to your operation’s needs. The location of any floor drains, curbs, stationary racking or equipment are examples of other layout items that can affect flooring selection, installation and cost. You’ll want to include these in the conversation.
In order to properly assess what will need to be done to the floor, the installer will likely ask about the current condition of the floor, so you’ll want to have answers to questions such as:
The daily conditions to which a floor surface gets exposed can play a large role in resinous flooring selection. When considering different types of systems, installers are likely to ask about the type of traffic expected in the facility. Floors exposed to weighty machinery and factory vehicles, heavy impact, steel-wheeled carts, excessive ongoing foot traffic or regular exposure to abrasive soil may need high durability flooring or special, industrial-grade topcoats with increased performance characteristics.
The flooring professional may also inquire about air and floor temperature conditions within the facility during installation, as well as during typical operations. For a floor that gets exposed to drastic and repeated changes in temperature or if it must withstand extreme cold or heat (freezer floors or areas near ovens, for example), specific flooring systems can be employed to accommodate these extreme conditions. Building managers can expect discussions about the relative humidity (RH) of the air within the room during installation, which can sometimes affect coating installation and cure. In addition, the installer may test the concrete slab itself for RH, as well as for the slab’s rate of moisture vapor transmission (MVT), in the event that mitigation is needed.
Building Managers will want to be prepared with information regarding the various end users’ needs in terms of the floor’s ideal function. In working toward creating the most accurate and useful flooring estimate, the installer is likely to ask about the level of needed slip resistance, the facility’s typical cleaning and maintenance program, the expected lifespan of the floor, and a host of other factors that can all influence the type of resinous system that gets quoted.
For instance, in a chemical processing plant, floor coating systems that offer exceptional resistance to the specific chemicals, concentrations and exposure levels can be quoted and installed only when the information is correctly provided by the Facility Manager. For data centers, electronics assembly plants, as well as certain manufacturing and healthcare facilities, static control flooring can be critical. Knowing the level of electrostatic dissipation (ESD) needed in advance of the initial meeting with a flooring installer can help hone in on the best flooring options quickly and facilitate the quoting process.
Whether the decision maker is a Facility Manager or Commercial Interior Designer, aesthetic expectations can strongly influence how the quotation is constructed. The flooring installer will inquire about the desired color and finish of the floor, as well as the sheen, which can range from high gloss to a matte finish. Depending upon the floor’s location and use, a broad spectrum of decorative surfaces are available, some of which incorporate elements such as shimmering metallic powders, colored chip or sand blends, embedded graphics, logos and more. Expectations about how the finished floor should look, including the layout of striping or safety markings, is something the installer is sure to ask about. By providing the flooring installer with as much detail as possible, facility decision makers help ensure that their design vision is incorporated and properly quoted.
If the specialty contractor is to present the most accurate resinous flooring quotation, it’s vital that they are provided with thorough scheduling details. By advising the installer how much time can be allotted for floor installation and curing, and when normal business operations are expected to resume, managers help ensure that the selected floor system can meet their deadlines. Similarly, information on expected building occupancy helps assure that proper resin materials and ventilation considerations are included in the quotation.
And finally, facility flooring budget parameters should be made available to the flooring installer so that the best, most feasible solution can be proposed.
Being prepared with the above details in advance of meeting with your resinous flooring installer is a great first step. To get in touch with an epoxy flooring specialist near you, contact Florock today.