Innovative and effective flooring solutions are important for efficient production on the assembly line, for stores and showrooms displaying the finished items for customers, and for every step in between. This includes warehouses and other storage facilities, where large volumes of product are housed every day. Because the purpose of such facilities is to efficiently store products before they are sold, there is great incentive to use the space as resourcefully as possible, fitting the highest volume of goods into a given space. In many storage facilities, this means pallets of products stacked on top of one other or inserted into ceiling-high shelving racks to optimize the use of vertical space. While this is effective in maximizing storage capacity, it can also place some unique demands on the floor surface that supports these heavy duty activities.
Unsealed concrete slabs alone often prove insufficient when exposed to the pressures of warehouse facilities long term. Concrete is vulnerable to abrasion, sudden impact and cracking under frequent heavy loads. Epoxy and other high performance resinous flooring systems installed over the concrete substrate can typically help repair surface damage and enhance the compressive strength, impact resistance and load-bearing capacity of the slab, creating a monolithic, virtually seamless surface that can withstand impressive loads and the wear and tear of forklifts and other industrial equipment.
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 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.
Eco-Crete IF (Iron Fill) is a one layer, 3/8" - 1/2" thick, trowel applied, mortar system. This system has properties that exceed those of typical concrete and is meant to withstand impact, abrasion, chemical exposure, high traffic and abuse, in areas that require thermal shock resistance.
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 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 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.
The specific needs of a flooring system in a warehouse or other storage facility will depend to a large degree on the nature of the products being stored. While just about any warehouse requires durable, abrasion-resistant flooring that can withstand heavy loads and vehicle traffic, other needs are industry specific. Some facilities housing food and beverage products, for example, may need to be kept below a certain temperature for health and safety reasons. In this case, the flooring system chosen would need to be able to withstand extreme temperatures, and potentially a wide degree of temperature fluctuation.
Other warehouses may be housing products that are flammable, explosive, or otherwise dangerous. Many chemical products are volatile, toxic, or corrosive if spilled or exposed to changing conditions. Depending on the nature of these substances, it may be important to have a flooring system that provides superior chemical resistance, will help mitigate the build-up of static electricity, or otherwise contribute to a safer or more stable environment in which to store the product.
In addition to the practical demands placed on a warehouse flooring system by the products being housed, the safety of the workers employed on the floor of the facility must also be taken into consideration. Slip resistance is critical for areas frequented by employees. And in some cases, federal and state regulations may govern aisle delineation colors, striping, directional markings, and other specifics of a flooring system, to create an across-the-board standard and enhance worker safety. Epoxy and other resinous floor coatings can be customized and installed in multiple colors to help ensure compliance with safety regulations.
At Tennant Coatings, our cutting edge research and development team is at the forefront of polymer technology, consistently working on new solutions to make your facility flooring better and your work life easier. Contact us today to see how we can help!
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