Slip-Resistant Resin Flooring

In many types of industrial and commercial operations, a non-slip floor would greatly enhance the ability to work safely. Unfortunately, there really is no such thing as a non-slip floor. Resin flooring, however, can provide a surface that could be termed anti-slip, or slip-resistant. How slip-resistant the floor will be will depend largely on the floor’s slope and profile, the spillage displacement volume, the types of materials that are likely to be spilled, and the type of footwear worn by the people in the building.

Common Sense and Sensible Measures

Obviously, it’s just common sense to expect that employers and workers should exercise common sense, and take measures to reduce the possibility of slipping. Any risks should be identified and acted upon, and areas that are prone to trouble should be clearly posted. Any spills should be immediately cleaned up, and care should be taken with floor cleaning products Just the same, no amount of caution is going to provide much protection on an inherently slippery surface.

Especially in environments that can be prone to a lot of spillage (e.g restaurants, food service facilities, service bays, pool decks, parking facilities, etc.), it is advisable to incorporate a certain amount of slip resistance into the flooring material used. In resin flooring, this is usually done by incorporating synthetic aggregates, polypropylene beads, or special sands into the resin floor. This creates a surface that is somewhat textured, and thus provides slip resistance. However, the floor will still be smooth enough to allow for effective cleaning, and will not be dangerously abrasive.

Varying Degrees of Slip Resistance

Obviously, different environments will require different levels of slip resistance. What is appropriate in a physiotherapy facility, for instance, may be less than what is needed for an automobile showroom. Depending on the degree of slip resistance that is desired, more or less additive can be used in the flooring compound. Knowing how much or how little to use often requires practical experience and a complete understanding of the grading of the aggregates to be used. Specific requirements can be determined and then easily met.

Elite Crete Systems, Inc. is a world leading developer and manufacturer of specialty high performance building products for industrial high-wear protective floor coatings. We can help you to make the right decision when it comes to installing your new slip-resistant resin flooring.

Repairing Concrete Floors Before Applying Resin Coating

Repairing concrete floors before resinous flooring is applied is essential for a proper finish.  If this is not done, the damage will most likely reflect through the resin finish.

What is the Nature of the Damage?

First, the cause and the extent of the damage must be determined. Damage can be caused by wear, abrasion, impact or exposure to chemicals. It can also be due to defects in the original work, like unsuitable aggregates, honeycombing, or voids. Once the damage has been assessed, the weak or unsound concrete must be broken out mechanically, making sure that honeycombing or voids in the slab are exposed. Damaged joints and cracks must be treated in order to make sure that there will be no future cracking or contamination of the resin floor.

What Type of Material Should Be Used in the Repair?

There are several factors that must be considered in determining the best method for repair. They include:

  • The type of resin floor that is to be installed
  • The purpose of the resin floor
  • The environmental conditions at time of repair
  • The time available to complete the repairs

If time is not of the essence, large areas are usually repaired with cement based patch material. It is critical that there is enough time for them to cure to the point where the moisture content is acceptable for the resin flooring system. Generally speaking, the time needed will be at least 1-3 days. If the repair has to be done more quickly, rapid-hardening or quick curing cement could be used. Additionally, mortars of epoxy resin might be employed. This will be considerably more expensive, but the floor can be repaired and the new resin flooring system can be installed in the same day.

Moving or Non-Moving Cracks?

Cracks that will be subject to movement in the future should be treated as joints. They need to be cut square and brought through the floor finish. Then it is sealed with a floor joint sealant. If the crack is not-moving, then it is repaired and sealed before the new resin flooring is applied. The best materials and method will depend on the dimensions of the crack. Probably the surface will have to be opened and cleaned out with a diamond blade in order to get rid of any loose materials. Then a fine epoxy mortar can be pressed into the cracks to fill and seal it. The structural engineer may also advise injecting a low-pressure epoxy resin product.

It is vital that repairs to the underlying concrete be completed properly before the resin floor system is installed. Any damage left untreated will be highly detrimental to the appearance of the new floor.

Elite Crete Systems, Inc. is a world leading developer and manufacturer of specialty high performance building products for concrete surface repair and industrial high-wear protective floor coatings.

Choosing and Maintaining Manufacturing Facilities’ Flooring

For many businesses, it may seem natural to focus far more on the floor plan for a manufacturing facility than on the floor itself. However, this is a mistake, and sometimes a costly one. A clean and smooth floor is a functional floor. A surface that does not hold up to the workload or is not properly maintained is dangerous and reduces efficiency. When a company constructs a new manufacturing facility, it is imperative to choose the right floor for the space’s needs. It is equally essential that the company put policies in place to ensure the floor is cared for and maintained.

Prevention is Cheaper than Repair

If the manufacturing facilities’ flooring is something solid and industrial, like concrete, it can seem like a waste of time to put specific policies in the maintenance manual. However, it can actually save a company quite a bit on repairs later on. First of all, just because a floor is concrete does not mean it will not take wear and tear. Metal equipment or debris will still leave scratches or gouges, and once the surface is broken, even lighter wear can increase the damage. Joints in concrete floors also usually need special attention to make sure they are repaired whenever they show signs of deteriorating.

It costs much less to address these problems regularly when they first occur than it does to repair a heavily damaged floor, even when factoring in time and effort for employees to perform the maintenance. However, this is not the only reason that preventative care saves money. Damaged floors are not only expensive to replace, they cause other losses as well. For example, forklifts – and really, anything that has wheels and is used to move equipment or product around the floor – will need repair and replacing much more frequently if they are used on a damaged floor. Employee injury rates may increase too, if the damage to the manufacturing facilities’ flooring is severe enough to jar the equipment and cause tilting or falling.

Industrial Epoxy Floor Coatings

A company’s best option is to get a very good floor surface and clean and maintain it from the start. This would generally include a protective coating as well as a stable floor base. If a company’s manufacturing facilities’ flooring has already been installed and has had to endure bad maintenance practices, then there are still options. Calling in a professional company to repair the damage as soon as possible is still ideal. Elite Crete Systems can not only repair the floor, but also apply one of their HERMETIC™ Epoxy Industrial Flooring Systems to help seal and protect the floor from any further damage.

Using HERMETIC™ Industrial Epoxy Flooring Systems on all future manufacturing facilities’ flooring will help keep costs down even more. This floor coating creates a protective barrier and is easier to maintain than many other floorings, since it is both durable and easy to clean. It also comes in a variety of different textures depending on what a specific setting requires.

Better Than Polished Concrete

Polished concrete has been relatively popular amongst specifiers and property owners the past several years and people are finding out that isn’t always as durable or beneficial as advertised. Can it look nice? Sure, sometimes the look of polished concrete is great. But polished concrete does wear and doesn’t have the abrasion resistance that some people claim it does? No polished concrete isn’t stain and chemical proof as some people claim.

An alternative? A fluid applied resinous based floor created with REFLECTOR™ Enhancer or HERMETIC™ Flooring Systems from Elite Crete Systems. The garage floor below was designed to give the look of a metallic ground polished concrete floor. However, the homeowner wanted it to be tougher, more abrasion resistance, easier to clean & maintain and ultimately as care free and long lasting as possible. Its not polished concrete but it is exactly what they wanted and received. He now says that people are as interested in his floor as they are his cars…

REFLECTOR Enhancer is better than polished concrete

REFLECTOR Enhancer is better than polished concrete

REFLECTOR™ Enhancer or HERMETIC™ Flooring Systems can achieve much higher levels of abrasion and chemical resistance once an additional coat of urethane such as AUS-V™ with aluminum oxide powder additive. The durability level is such greatly increased that this is becoming the norm and standard for commercial and industrial floors.

Even more options are available to bring additional performance benefits to the system such as; high chemical resistance, increased impact strength and long term resistance to UV exposure just to name a few. Contact an Elite Crete Systems technical representative to discuss all of the available options and which combination is best for your project.

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