When considering flooring options for a commercial, industrial, or institutional setting, it is important to keep in mind that different areas of the facility may have different requirements – for example, a heavier load bearing surface at a loading dock, or antimicrobial properties in the vicinity of patient rooms at a hospital. Interior concrete stairs are a feature that require special consideration.
Factors to Keep in Mind When Choosing Flooring for Stairs
Concrete stairs are common features in a wide variety of settings, including parking garages, schools, hospitals, hotels, and manufacturing facilities. Depending on the facility, these stairs may be subjected to heavy foot traffic on a daily basis, or may be part of a rarely-used emergency escape route. In order to choose the most effective flooring system for any given setting, the following factors should be considered:
- Durability. While it is important for any concrete floor to be resistant to abrasions, fractures, and crumbling, this requirement is heightened when stairs are involved. The risk of creating a tripping hazard, or of falling debris, can be much greater on a flight of stairs than on a level surface. The type and frequency of traffic should also play a role in the decision-making; occasional emergency use is very different from constant foot traffic, or from a set of stairs used to transport heavy equipment or luggage. The chosen flooring system should be capable of withstanding the demands of planned usage. In areas where people are likely to track in dirt or caustic road salt during the winter months, this additional wear and tear must be taken into consideration. A heavy duty epoxy or similar floor coating on a set of concrete stairs can help mitigate the risk of dangerous (and costly) wear and tear.
- Slip Resistance. Perhaps nowhere else is a flooring system’s slip resistance as important as on stair treads. While slip and fall hazards are always a matter to be taken seriously, the risk of injury is increased when it occurs in a stairwell. Epoxy flooring and other resinous finishes not only keep a set of stairs looking great; their highly customizable skid-resistance options can also contribute to a safer slip-inhibiting surface.
- Aesthetics. Plain, unfinished concrete flooring can look drab and uninviting, and concrete stair treads and risers are no exception. If the stairwell is accessed by clients, customers, or guests, then it’s important that it contribute to overall facility design, while helping to support the organization’s image and message. Polymer finishes are available in a wide variety of colors and patterns to suit each facility, and can even be customized to include floor logos or safety markings.
Dependable Flooring Systems from Florock
With over 60 years of experience providing clients with exceptional-quality, customized flooring solutions, Florock Polymer Flooring is committed to finding the solution that’s right for your unique facility. Far from being limited to one type of epoxy-based concrete coating, we are proud to offer flooring that combines several different polymer resin chemistries with a broad spectrum of performance characteristics and benefits. To find the optimal flooring solution for your facility, contact us today.