The most important factors to keep in mind when choosing a flooring system depend on the conditions to which the floor will be exposed. Areas with high levels of pedestrian traffic are no exception. From retail settings to hospitals and educational institutions, facilities with high levels of foot traffic need to be equipped with flooring systems that will perform well and have a long lifespan. This is especially true of areas such as lobbies and hallways where many people come and go throughout the day.
In many cases, the best solution for a durable, functional, and attractive floor in interior pedestrian traffic areas is an epoxy floor coating or other fluid-applied flooring system installed over the concrete substrate. These coatings offer superior performance in a wide variety of aesthetic options to suit the unique needs of a facility.
Slip and fall accidents are a common cause of accidental injuries that are not only painful, but can result in costly lawsuits and workers’ compensation claims. Perhaps the most important step you can take to protect the safety of workers, visitors, customers, and clients in pedestrian traffic areas is to install a flooring system that is slip resistant, minimizing the risk of an accident. Visibility can also be an important factor in protecting pedestrian safety, particularly if there are steps or uneven surfaces. A brightly colored floor coating with a high gloss finish can reflect the existing light, creating a better-lit environment without requiring additional energy usage.
Pedestrians track in dirt, dust, water and all types of debris when they enter your facility. In casinos, sports arenas, or healthcare facilities with vending machines, spilled snacks and drinks will inevitably end up on the floor. During the winter, road salt may be tracked in on pedestrians’ boots, which in addition to causing a mess can have a deteriorating effect on floor coverings that aren’t sufficiently durable. Fluid-applied pedestrian traffic floor coatings are a great option because they create a monolithic, virtually seamless surface that is nonporous, stain-resistant, and easy to clean.
Foot traffic places a great deal of stress on a flooring system over time, so it is important to consider lifespan when selecting a floor coating for your facility. Particularly if the facility is a hospital, hotel, or other 24-hour facility, maintenance requirements should be minimal and the least disruptive possible. Resinous floor coatings require only the simplest of care, and are available in fast-curing formulations that cure in just two hours or less, for minimal downtime even on the day of installation.
From solid colors to multicolor flakes and even logos or other graphics embedded directly into the flooring system itself, Florock’s fluid-applied floor coatings are available in a variety of aesthetic options to complement any facility. With epoxy and other resinous coatings, you never sacrifice visual appeal for functionality: you can have both, even in areas with the highest levels of foot traffic.