From the assembly line to the showroom floor and every place in between, facilities that manufacture, sell, and repair automobiles must be equipped with flooring systems that can handle the unique demands of the automotive industry. Concrete slabs alone are not enough to withstand the wear and tear of servicing motor vehicles: they scratch easily, are affected by contact with hot tires, provide a porous surface that absorbs spilled liquids, leaving behind stains and over time, can produce a fine dust that can be harmful if inhaled.
However, concrete slabs provide a foundation onto which a more advanced flooring system can be installed. Epoxy flooring systems and other resinous coatings produced by Tennant Coatings are multi-layered flooring systems installed as liquids for a smooth, nearly seamless surface. They are tough, strong and durable, and in many cases, can even be used to resurface and restore badly deteriorated concrete surfaces.
Tennant Flake RB (Random Broadcast) is a three layer, cost effective, UV-resistant decorative flake system. A background color of epoxy is applied, followed by a broadcast of randomly scattered decorative vinyl flakes.
Tennant Flake SB (Single Broadcast) is a four layer system with a broadcast of vinyl decorative flake that covers the entire floor. This UV-resistant system is available in either a gloss or satin finish. Choose from a wide variety of textures, solid flake and flake blend color options.
Tennant Heavy Duty is a five layer, nominal 1/4" epoxy mortar system used to resurface interior concrete floors. This UV-resistant system is available in either a gloss, orange-peel or satin finish.
Tennant Heavy Duty Flake is a six layer, nominal 1/4" decorative epoxy mortar system used to resurface interior concrete floors. A vinyl flake broadcast is applied, covering the entire floor, to provide a decorative flooring system with texture. This UV-resistant system is available in either a gloss or satin finish. Choose from a wide variety of textures, solid flake and flake blend color options.
Tennant Heavy Duty Quartz is a six layer, nominal 1/4" decorative epoxy mortar system, used to resurface interior concrete floors. A quartz broadcast is applied covering the entire floor, providing a decorative and durable flooring system with texture. This UV-resistant system is available in either a gloss or satin finish. Choose from a wide variety of textures, solid quartz and quartz blend color options.
Tennant Metallic is a beautiful one of a kind decorative flooring system. Use one or multiple metallic colors to create a visual masterpiece with various effects, such as marbling, cloud formations, or bubbles. This show stopping flooring system is functional, durable, UV-resistant and available in a gloss or satin finish.
Tennant Quartz DB (Double Broadcast) is a four layer, nominal 1/8" system, with a double broadcast of decorative quartz that covers the entire floor. This UV-resistant system provides durability and texture for added slip resistance and is available in either a gloss or satin finish. Choose from a wide variety of textures, solid quartz and quartz blend color options.
Tennant Shop Floor DB (Double Broadcast) is a four layer, nominal 1/8" system, with a double broadcast of silica sand. This satin finish workhorse system provides additional thickness and more durability for high traffic and high abuse areas.
Tennant Shop Floor SB (Single Broadcast) is a four layer, nominal 1/16" system, with a broadcast of silica sand. This economical, satin finish workhorse system provides durability and slip resistance for high traffic areas.
Tennant Decorative Stone Slurry is a three layer, decorative epoxy slurry system that offers exceptional UV-resistance, durability and chemical resistance. It sets itself apart from traditional flake and quartz systems by offering a beautiful, modern, stone-like appearance. Choose from twelve color options and a gloss or satin finish. Texture can be added for environments that require additional slip resistance.
Tennant Traffic 4 is a durable, four coat, aromatic parking deck solution. This system is used to effectively repair eroded or sloped areas, while providing slip-resistant texture to help prevent accidents in wet conditions. It is built to withstand extreme temperatures, vehicular fluids and vehicular traffic.
Among the countless types of facilities in the automotive industry, all share a common need: flooring that can withstand the weight of automobiles and other transport vehicles on a daily basis. Epoxy, polyurethane, and similar fluid-applied flooring systems are installed to create a strong, solid, virtually seamless surface to minimize vulnerabilities wherein uncoated concrete would eventually begin to scratch, chip, or crumble. With the heavy machinery used in certain automotive industry settings, the flooring system must possess exceptional compressive and tensile strength, plus outstanding abrasion resistance and the ability to withstand impact when items fall from forklifts or when mechanics inadvertently drop small tools.
In automotive, truck and other vehicle production and repair, a variety of harsh and potentially dangerous chemicals are often used. Even with the most diligent and careful employees, spills are inevitable, so the facility must be equipped with flooring that can easily withstand contact with corrosive substances. Damage to the flooring itself isn’t the only concern – unsealed concrete slabs are porous and can absorb the liquids spilled onto them. In addition to creating unsightly stains, this can also be very dangerous. Over time, chemicals can leach through the slab into the soil underneath, posing an environmental hazard. Impervious high performance epoxy and other floor coating systems can help mitigate this risk by isolating spilled materials on the surface, where they can be properly contained and disposed of in accordance with local regulations.
In addition, vehicular fluids and even soapy water in wash bays present slip-and-fall risks to workers. The customizable slip resistance of resinous flooring installation allows building owners and managers to choose from a range of skid inhibiting surfaces that balance optimal safety with easy clean-ability. For facilities that steam clean or hot power wash clients’ machine parts and engines as well as their flooring, Tennant Coatings’ cutting-edge urethane mortar provided an innovative, thermal shock resistant solution.
If you operate a showroom for automobiles, motorcycles, trucks or construction vehicles, aesthetic appeal is as high a priority as functional durability when evaluating the options for a flooring system. The finish must withstand the compressive weight of automobiles, but should also help enhance and showcase the beautiful merchandise, creating a space that is appealing to customers and highlights the positive aspects of the vehicles being shown. A common approach for showrooms across multiple industries is to make the space seem as brightly lit as possible. A white or other bright, highly reflective flooring surface increases illumination from all angles, creating a more attractive presentation. See how we can brighten your day by contacting us today!
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