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Flooring for Cannabis Grow Rooms & Greenhouses

Thanks to recent changes in legislation, the growth of the cannabis industry has been explosive. Estimates report that the industry will even overshadow established industries in terms of economic impact. With state-by-state changes occurring, many cannabis growing facilities are emerging across the country and internationally.

Cannabis grow rooms, or greenhouses—many with vertical, soil-free hydroponic gardens– are driving a need for large temperature- and humidity-controlled indoor environments that can support production of a variety of cannabis-infused products.

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Special Considerations for Cannabis Greenhouses and Grow Room Flooring

A great deal of research has been done in evaluating the efficacy of outdoor greenhouses as compared to grow rooms in warehouses, and for many crops, greenhouses are the clear winner. Particularly because of the natural sunlight that comes pouring in—even if it is not daily—energy costs can be dramatically reduced. It has been established that the photosynthesis in greenhouses can be double, on average, and produce more vibrant, healthier plants. This type of benefits have made greenhouses and grow rooms particularly popular in the cannabis growing industry.

Whether you are establishing a greenhouse or a grow room, however, the issues regarding flooring are essentially the same, as the substrate is most commonly a concrete slab. Consider the following:

  • Bare, uncovered concrete is a porous substance that easily absorbs liquids and can allow them to leach through the slab and into the environment outside the facility. The fertilizers, fungicides, pesticides and other materials used in grow rooms – whether synthetic chemicals or “organic” solutions — can be highly toxic to the environment beyond the facility itself. Properly protected concrete floors help prevent the substances from contaminating the surrounding soil and waterways.
  • A concrete floor slab with a compromised or non-functioning vapor barrier can be subject to a condition known as Moisture Vapor Transmission (MVT), wherein moisture and moisture vapor from the soil underneath the slab moves osmotically upward through the concrete. The condition can result in blistering, bubbles and other damage to floor coverings.
  • The regular watering of plants and the high relative humidity maintained within many grow room environments can contribute to floor slab deterioration, unless the concrete is properly protected.
  • Warm, moist air within a confined space easily invites the growth of microbes. The type of plants being grown generally dictates the hygiene levels demanded by code, with food and pharmaceutical plants topping the priority list.
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Best Flooring for Cannabis Greenhouses and Grow Rooms

Epoxies and other fluid-applied resins are a smart way to coat and protect concrete slabs. When supplied by a quality manufacturer, they can be highly durable, resistant to abrasion and stains, and can be customized to:

  • Mitigate MVT (Moisture Vapor Transmission)
  • Help control the growth of microbes, fungi and pathogens
  • Provide skid resistance and enhanced traction

Withstand exposure to harsh chemicals and ongoing wet conditions

  • Provide a smooth, virtually seamless application for easy cleaning and maintenance
  • Offer a wide variety of colors and finishes to bring any design to life

Further, high quality resinous flooring requires no waxing, buffing or polishing, making maintenance quick and inexpensive. This helps make resinous flooring an optimal choice for cannabis growing facilities.

In particular, FloroCrete Urethane Mortar Flooring Systems offer great solutions for grow rooms and hydroponics facilities, due to unique benefits such as:

  • High tolerance for very moist conditions, including the option to be installed over damp concrete
  • Thermal shock resistance, enabling the floor to be steam-cleaned
  • Rapid cure and low odor

USDA & FDA Compliant Flooring & Coating Solutions for Cannabis Growing Facilities

Like other highly regulated manufacturing and production facilities, cannabis growing facilities need flooring that promotes a clean and sanitary environment, complies with FDA and USDA requirements, and offers exceptional durability. When it comes to flooring in cannabis facilities, there’s not much room for error. From helping safeguard the slab structure to facilitating daily operations and supporting production numbers, choosing the right flooring solution is critical. Our compliant floor and wall systems offer innovative benefits and options, such as:

  • Low odor, zero-VOC formulations
  • Budget-saving concrete resurfacing and patching materials
  • The ability to correct or improve floor slope for proper drainage
  • Integral floor-to-wall and wall-to-ceiling cove options for easier sanitizing
  • High compressive strength and impact resistant surfaces
  • Floor safety markings; color-coded traffic and work area designation
  • Nearly unlimited decorative options for offices and visitor areas
  • Inclusion of company logo graphics and messages

Which Floor is Best for Your Cannabis Growing Facility?

The Florock team can help you evaluate your facility flooring needs and help you make an informed decision — contact us today!

What Our Clients Are Saying

“We have had many different brands installed, but Florock Epoxy & Urethanes have held up to all the wear & tear of Hi-Traffic conditions better than all the rest. We have used Florock products for many years”

Ray Strong, Maintenance Supervisor Baldor Electric, Ft. Smith, AR