When allocating a budget for facility flooring, there are several factors that contribute to epoxy flooring cost. Beyond the obvious, such as the size of the area and dimensions of the room(s), you’ll want to consider the cost of concrete floor preparation and whether or not the existing floors need repair. You’ll also want to think about any special characteristics required of the flooring, such as antimicrobial properties or added slip-resistance, for example. To make it easier on you, we’ve compiled a list of some of the things you’ll need to consider when determining the epoxy flooring cost for your facility.
An experienced epoxy flooring contractor is likely to ask a plethora of questions about the floor’s intended use as well as the environment in which it will be installed. These questions are designed to help hone in on the best types of flooring for your facility applications.
The professional installer should ask not only about the daily use and expected traffic in the facility, but also about chemical exposure, slip resistance needs, typical cleanup routines, desired aesthetics, and more.
If the floor will be exposed to major temperature swings, such as with hot wash-downs or steam, or cool operating temperatures, the floor system chosen will need to be one that can stand up to thermal shock. These types of floors are often found in food and beverage plants, commercial kitchens and bakeries, wet process manufacturing and the like.
In addition, manufacturer-approved epoxy flooring contractors will want to know about the different levels of abrasion and impact that the floor must withstand. Will there be forklifts and pallet jacks, rubber or steel wheels traversing the floors? What are the load weights of the traffic? Will there be any pallet sliding? If so, you’ll need to worry about things like nails sliding across the floor and whether your floor can stand up to it. As a rule, the system will likely be chosen based on the facility’s highest traffic areas.
Different flooring systems provide different levels of slip resistance, and the facility’s daily operation will inform which level of slip resistance is needed. Ask a Florock associate about customizing the slip resistance of epoxy flooring across different areas of the same room, according to facility requirements.
Various resin formulations and topcoats can influence the durability and chemical resistance of the floor coating – and also the cost. When informing your epoxy contractor, be sure to differentiate between areas where floors are at risk of long-term chemical exposure or just a splash/spill event—the two environments may require very different levels of protection.
You’ll also want to let your installer know about the specific types of chemicals involved, as well as their exact concentrations. Asking the facility Safety Manager to supply a list of chemicals or the Safety Data Sheets of the substances to which the floor is likely to be exposed is a good strategy. A professional installer will be happy to send this information to his materials manufacturer and confer with them on an optimal protective coating.
Standard epoxy flooring is insulative. Therefore, if static control within certain spaces is a concern, the epoxy flooring contractor must be informed of the need for a protective system that can support facility electrostatic dissipation safety protocols. ESD flooring, as part of a company-wide program, can help safeguard sensitive computer chips, circuit boards or electronics. Facilities with web fed operations, combustible powder storage, certain plastics, munitions or explosives can help minimize risk with grounded ESD flooring that safely removes static charge from the room.
The aforementioned requirements aren’t the only factors that can affect epoxy flooring cost. Other details that can have a bearing on the choice of system may include:
Contact Florock anytime to learn more about the different epoxy flooring systems available for a wide range of facilities. We can help you narrow down the proper choice of system for your needs, as well as give you a better idea of how to budget for your new flooring system. Call us today!