Architects, engineers, and designers alike are often faced with many challenges when they have to choose industrial flooring. With several construction elements that have to be chosen and specified for each project, it is unlikely that they will become experts in the different types of industrial flooring. However, these six considerations can make a significant difference in choosing the ideal kind of industrial resin floors.
First, you must determine the volume and type of traffic expected for the floor. Warehouse floors, for instance, are subjected to forklift traffic all day while the storage room in a small retail business may have sporadic foot traffic. The type and volume of traffic will determine the right resin material for the application.
The envisioned use of the area is a substantial consideration when choosing industrial resin flooring. Say the floor is in a food production factory that handles dairy products and milk, then polyurethane or PMMA flooring may be the better choice since organic lactic acids can disintegrate and yellow epoxy flooring. Contrariwise, industries entailing exposure to sulphuric acids must steer clear from PU flooring, and choose epoxy or PMMA instead. PMMA is a perfect choice for sterile environments like clean rooms. PMMA is best suited because it is hygienic and has closed-pore characteristics that are easily cleaned.
While it is always better to select industrial flooring fit for its purpose as opposed to costing, the available budget plays a role in the choice of the floor. It should be considered that choosing industrial floors entail more than just the cost of the materials and installation. Over time, you will also have to accommodate cleaning and maintenance fees as well as repair or replacement costs for any damage. In such an instance, you’ll have to account for the time lost while the floor is repaired.
Numerous environmental conditions can impact industrial resin flooring in different ways, including moisture, temperature, and exposure. Polyurethane flooring have superb resistance to direct heat and high temperatures, making them the ideal solution for hot environments, like in a bakery where elevated electrical conducting is necessitated. Epoxy also offers an optimum solution. PMMA is suitable for areas that are exposed to weather conditions and a range of traffic due to its durability and scratch-resistance.
Color is among the crucial considerations for flooring when it comes to maintenance, cleaning, comfortability, work environment, and light. A light color can make a space with natural light appear brighter and more significant, making for a pleasant working environment. A flashy or bold color like red or yellow may be too tiring on the eyes in time. Cream or white may look stunning but can be problematic to keep clean.
Industrial flooring provides various finishes that are suited for the floor’s intended purpose. Anti-skid coatings are vital for workplace safety, particularly during wet conditions. You can install coatings that are damage-resistant from heavy vehicles and preventing corrosion or chemical damage. A bendable floor finish can be vital for minimizing damage from minor scratches, like dropped utensils or high heels. Moisture-resistant finishes are ideal for damage prevention of moisture ingress that could lead to mildew or mold. An industrial floor with a hygienic finish is essential in the pharmaceutical or food processing industries where cleanliness is a requirement.