Finding an experienced epoxy flooring contractor is a challenging task. Obviously, the right contractor will need to know how to install the resinous floor material. But do they know how to assess industrial and commercial areas, and address the points of failure?
- Are the joints exposed?
- Is the existing floor delaminating?
- Is the customer concerned about dust mitigation?
These are all important factors that Capital Coating keeps in mind when assessing your epoxy floor project. We’ve installed commercial and industrial floors in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, and New Jersey. And have the equipment and experience to repair damaged concrete, prepare the substrate, and properly apply the epoxy, urethane cement, or polyaspartic to ensure that floors get maximum longevity.
Epoxy is the most common material used for self-leveling floor installations. Epoxy offers excellent adhesion, chemical resistance, and durability, and create nice floor installations in shop rooms, distribution centers, and commercial environments.
100% solid epoxy coatings can be clear, or pigmented. This gives the customer the flexibility to customize their floor for their preference. Customers practicing 5S utilize epoxy’s many colors to create visual work places that help promote worker accountability and organization.
Decorative Broadcast Floors
Resinous material can be used to create beautiful floors in commercial and industrial environments. Broadcast floors can improve the area’s aesthetics. But they can also help hide dirt, and increase the safety by adding some slip-resistance texture in the area.
There are 2 types of broadcast material: micro-chip and decorative quartz. Micro-chip is normally used in commercial areas. It can be manufactured in multiple sizes, and is less angular than quartz. This means that micro-chip floors can be easier to clean than quartz.
Decorative quartz floors will offer the same aesthetics of micro-chip. But because the quartz is made from sand, they will offer more texture than micro-chip. These are popular floors in pharmaceutical areas because of their increased slip-resistance in wet areas.
Decorative broadcasts floors always receive grout coats of a clear resinous floor material. Epoxy is the most common. However, clear epoxy naturally ambers/yellows over time. So if your decorative floor receives grout coats of epoxy, expect that clear epoxy to discolor over time.
An experienced epoxy flooring contractor should recommend polyaspartics as a grout coat. Polyaspartics are fast-curing urethanes. They can’t replace epoxy in every situation. But they are a perfect replacement for grout coats over broadcast floors. They will not amber, and they will maintain their clarity.
Many commercial and industrial facilities just want a smooth, easy-to-clean surface, in a solid color. These are the most common floors we install as an epoxy flooring company. And they can come in a variety of colors. Many factories create their own, standard colors, which normally includes tile reds, slate greys, and bright yellow. But if a facility has a specific color they are trying to achieve, many epoxy manufacturers can match that specific color.
Solid colors can be used to define areas. Safety colors alert foot traffic of the hazards, and directional markers can inform pedestrians where they need to walk. Solid colors are a great way for facility managers and designers to organize employees and tools.
If you’re managing a food manufacturing facility, then it’s more than likely that you have some type of wash down area. These areas are normally wet, and frequently covered in animal fat, grease, and even wafer dust. These environments are necessary for every food plant’s operation. However, they can create a safety hazard for employees. Slippery floors can cause costly accidents and down time. Which is why it’s important to consider adding a textured, slip-resistant epoxy floor in your process areas.
Quartz sand and aluminum oxide are the common aggregates sprinkled into the epoxy. These tough, durable aggregates will hold up against constant fork lift and pedestrian traffic, while still offering the slip-resistant safety your workers need.
Slip-resistant epoxy floors can be found in areas outside of wash down areas. Auto-shops, laboratories, and animal shelters are facilities that typically have some type of textured floor.
Urethane Cement Overlayments
Cold, hot, and wet are challenging environments for anyone specifying an industrial floor. And in these environments, urethane cement has proven to be one of the most durable, long-lasting flooring solutions on the market. They are thermal-shock resistant and will not buckle under drastic temperature fluctuation from hot and cold water. They are anti-microbial, which discourages bacteria and listeria from growing in your plant. And they are surface tolerant, and can be installed over wet or contaminated slabs. These performance features make urethane cement floors one of the best flooring options available for food manufacturing plants.
Because food manufacturing facilities are always cleaning surfaces and substrates, it’s important that floor can hold up to the constant temperature change, and chemicals. And since Pennsylvania and Maryland are one of the top food producers in the country, they are one of the top states that require urethane cement floor systems.
If your facility does not have a vapor barrier, but it has high vapor transmission, then you probably know that epoxy floors will blister and delaminate under the pressure. Urethane cements have a much higher tolerance to vapor transmission, and can tolerate up to 20 lbs of vapor per 1000 SF over a 24 hour period. This is significantly stronger than epoxy. So if these are normal conditions for your Pennsylvania or Maryland facilities, then you’ll want to consider the urethane cement overlayment as your #1 choice for industrial flooring.