From doctors’ offices to hospitals and skilled nursing facilities, healthcare settings pose specific challenges in finding the right flooring system. In addition to withstanding traffic from people, gurneys, and heavy equipment, hygienic concerns are crucial in installing and maintaining healthcare facility floors. Epoxy flooring and other resinous systems are often the best choice for hospitals and other similar settings, as they couple strength and durability with outstanding hygiene and minimal maintenance.
Eco-Crete SF is a two layer, nominal 1/4", cementitious urethane slurry system. The slurry is applied direct to concrete with a broadcast of silica sand that covers the entire floor, followed by a gloss finish topcoat. This moisture resistant system is used to resurface lightly eroded interior concrete floors in areas that require thermal shock resistance and slip resistance.
Eco-Crete SF Quartz is a three layer, cementitious urethane slurry system with a single broadcast of decorative quartz. The slurry is applied at a nominal 1/4" direct to concrete with a broadcast of decorative quartz that covers the entire floor. Available in either a gloss or satin finish, this light stable, moisture resistant system is used to resurface lightly eroded interior concrete floors in areas that require thermal shock resistance and slip resistance.
Eco-Crete SL Flake is a three layer, cementitious urethane slurry system with a single broadcast of decorative vinyl flake. The slurry is applied at a nominal 3/16" direct to concrete with a broadcast of decorative vinyl flake that covers the entire floor. Available in either a gloss or satin finish, this light stable, moisture resistant system is used to resurface lightly eroded interior concrete floors in areas that require thermal shock resistance and slip resistance.
Eco-Crete SL Flake DB (Double Broadcast) is a four layer cementitious urethane slurry system. The slurry is applied direct to concrete with a broadcast of decorative vinyl flake that covers the entire floor. A coat of epoxy is applied with a second broadcast of decorative vinyl flake. Available in either a gloss or satin finish, this light stable, moisture resistant system is used to resurface lightly eroded interior concrete floors in areas that require thermal shock resistance and additional texture for added slip resistance.
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 Quartz TQ (Troweled Quartz) is a five layer, nominal 3/16" system that uses a high solids epoxy mixed with colored quartz aggregate, which is troweled applied. This thick, UV-resistant system provides a beautiful and durable floor, available in either a satin or gloss finish. Choose from a wide variety of textures and troweled quartz color options.
Tennant Wall DF (Decorative Flake), is a four layer, UV-resistant wall system. Colored vinyl flake chips are broadcast onto the wall. This system is both beautiful and durable and has a satin finish.
Tennant Wall Reinforced is a four layer solid color wall system, with an imbedded fiberglass mat. This system provides additional durability and reinforcement and has a satin finish.
Tennant Wall TQ (Troweled Quartz), is a seven layer wall system. Colored quartz aggregate is mixed with an epoxy and troweled onto the wall. This creates a thick, durable and beautiful system, available in either a gloss or satin finish.
Untreated concrete slabs, often the foundation for a flooring system, are vulnerable to cracking, crumbling, and otherwise wearing over time. Adding a resinous floor coating over the concrete substrate greatly increases its bearing capacity, longevity, and durability. These coatings are also extremely resistant to abrasions and punctures, so heavy equipment being moved, spills, and dropped medical instruments do not pose a danger with the correct formulation of epoxy coating. VCT tile and heat-sealed vinyl plank are other flooring types sometimes seen in healthcare facilities, however, over time the tile floor can require frequent buffing and waxing in order to keep its luster, while the heat-welded plant floor seals can tend to crack. In some cases, various resinous flooring systems can be applied directly over prepared VCT tile, thus eliminating pesky maintenance costs and frequent shut down times.
Because epoxy and other similar resinous flooring systems are installed as liquids, the floor produced is smooth and virtually seamless, with almost no grout lines or seams associated with other flooring systems. Additionally, when aggregate-filled, resinous floors are stronger and less vulnerable, as an impact tends to spread over a larger surface. With tile flooring, it is not uncommon for the corners of tiles to eventually begin to crumble and crack, creating an unsanitary, unsafe condition for patients, visitors, and staff.
Healthcare settings witness many individuals with compromised immune systems moving through the facility each day, and it goes without saying that cleanliness is paramount to maintaining the safety of both patients and staff. Porous grout lines or unsealed concrete substrates can be absorbent, and the uneven surface of a multiple-piece flooring system can leave cracks and creases where dirt and harmful microorganisms can gather. These floors often require extensive maintenance procedures to avoid the risk of dangerous microbes flourishing unchecked, spreading infection or disease. Because epoxy floors are virtually seamless, the surfaces can be kept far more sanitary and hygienic.
A common request in healthcare flooring is an integrally coved flooring system for easier cleaning. This configuration can help avoid the buildup of contaminants in corners and floor-to-wall seams. In a healthcare setting where patients may have weakened immunity or physical impairments doing everything possible to minimize the risk of infection is critical.
Hospitals and other healthcare settings today are moving away from the very institutional and aesthetically-sterile designs of the past. Research suggests that patients feel more positive and experience better health outcomes when the environment is warmer and more inviting. This is particularly true of pediatric facilities, which often go out of their way to incorporate fun, bright designs for their young patients. Whatever age group your facility serves, a multicolor flake blend or pattern on the floor can help create a more positive environment for patients, both young and old, while providing a high level of flooring protection, supportive of efforts against the spread of disease in a clinical setting.
Just as Tennant floor maintenance machines help keep healthcare facilities cleaner the world over, Tennant Coatings is ready to assist with high value flooring solutions. Contact us today!
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