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.