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.
A four-coat, nomial 1/16” system, used to help withstand the high demands of a hard working facility, with a silica sand broadcast for added texture and durability, topcoated with Eco-HTS™ 100 for chemical resistance and its aliphatic properties.
A nominal 1/4” epoxy mortar system used to resurface eroded interior concrete floors with a UV-stable urethane topcoat with a satin finish for long-lasting durability
A nominal 25 mil system, using Eco- MPE™ as the epoxy primer and build coat and Eco-HTS™ 100 as the durable, light stable and chemical resistant topcoat with a satin finish
A nominal 25 mil system, using Eco-MPE™ as the epoxy primer and build coat and WearGuard-240 Satin as an economical topcoat with a stain finish
A nominal 25 mil system, using Eco-MPE™ as the epoxy primer and build coat and WearGuard-240 Gloss as an economical topcoat with a gloss finish
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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