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Rick Edsall

Mar 20, 2015

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Understanding Industrial Floor Coatings and Safety

As a large warehouse or industrial property owner, ensuring the safety of everyone inside of the building is a top priority. With a safe building it helps prevent injuries, resulting in improve worker production and fewer worker compensation claims. Beyond this, it can also help improve how clean the building remains. After all, a manufacturing plant can gather dust and other debris along the flooring rather easily, so finding something that is easy to maintain can prove incredibly beneficial. You just need to look into the different options and how the floor coating affects the overall safety level of your business.

Available Options

When it comes to industrial floor coatings, there are a few different options you need to consider. Many businesses just go with a latex paint over concrete floors. This gives you probably the widest selection of color options and can help avoid the appearance of cracks, but outside of this, it doesn’t add much in terms of additional protection. Concrete can become slick when wet and the paint is not going to alter this at all. It does cost the least amount, but the safety level does not improve over regular concrete. Epoxy is another option although it provides more safety benefits than a traditional pint. Epoxy can add some added traction in order to help avoid slipping, even when the surface is wet. When the epoxy is mixed with another solid material, it provides a nice, sturdy feeling that is inexpensive, yet a vast improvement over regular paint.

Beyond this, it is possible to consider rubber industrial floor coatings. This basically is a large, matte like material that adheres to the top of concrete. This is durable and extremely protective, although it is far more expensive than the other options you have. If you are on any sort of a budget, the epoxy option is going to be the best way to go, but if you want a softer material that has some give, is not going to crack when something is dropped onto it, the rubber coating is available for you.

Easy to Install

All flooring options are relatively easy to install. The rubber coating is going to be a bit more time extensive, but outside of this, everything else really just requires you to paint the flooring with the latex or epoxy. Whatever you go with though, it should prove easy to self install.

Rick Edsall

Feb 10, 2015

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Industrial Floor Coatings – Making the Right Choice

Industrial Floor Coatings

Finishing off your resinous concrete floor with a high quality industrial floor coating is a very economical way to enhance the beauty and utility of your building. Whether you have an area that faces heavy traffic from pedestrians and carts, or if you have laboratory or battery storage area that may need special protection, there is an attractive floor coating for you.
Here are some of the different types of industrial floor coatings and the benefits each of them has.

LIGHT DUTY

If you have an industrial type floor that will see only light duty, say maybe a cafeteria or light duty storage room, then you might want to consider a liquid seal floor coating. These are applied in the liquid state and they help to seal your floor for protection. These help protect against scratching, water damage, and chipping of flaking.

MEDIUM DUTY

For Medium Duty floors you have a choice of liquid seal floor coating or multi layered floors. The liquid seal offers an economical way to protect against sugars and acids and some scratching and chipping. The multi layered industrial floor coatings offer better protection against chipping or flaking and come in a variety of styles and options to give a nice ambiance to your environment.

HEAVY DUTY

For heavy duty applications you can apply a heavy duty resin 2-3mm thick. This will offer good protection of the floor from abrasions, scratches and chipping as well as from liquids, sugars and acids. In a hygienic environment you can choose a resin application that will kill bacteria that settle on the floor! Other options include coatings made specifically to withstand rubber abrasions from trolleys and carts or another made to withstand temperature extremes.
Thicker and stronger options are available as well, up to 9mm thick. This is a durable long-lasting coat made for high duty and high traffic areas.  Most are available in different colors and textures.

CUSTOM SLIP RESISTANT TOP COATS

We all want our floors to fit the environment in which they will be used. This include areas where slips and falls can be especially dangerous or more likely to happen. In this case you may want to put a textured and custom slip resistant top coat on your floor. This will help to reduce accidents and is another way your industrial floor coatings decisions can save your company a lot of money!

Rick Edsall

Dec 15, 2014

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Why Safety Striping is Important

When it comes to reducing workplace accidents, we all know that “safety first” is the motto of every business out there. But beyond the common preventions like hardhats and sturdy ladders, solutions for keeping the job site free from injury also start on the floor. One way businesses can insure their employees take necessary precautions to avoid an accident is by installing safety striping on their floors. Here are just a few things striping can do for your business.

It Keeps Floor Traffic In The Right Lane

Whether it’s a need to direct heavy forklift traffic on a factory floor or loading zones that require precise docking, safety striping can mean the difference between an accident and an efficient job. When you have multiple movement on the floor of your business it’s important to make sure everyone – and everything – stays in its proper lane. Especially in a place where both foot traffic and forklifts are involved, safety striping is the smart choice to make sure everyone on the floor stays within the correct boundary lines for their individual task.

It Keeps Floor Lanes Free Of Clutter

Commercial striping works to keep traffic lines clear of debris and obstacles, thus optimizing workflow. When there are no lines letting workers know what should and what should not be placed in a certain area, the jobsite can easily become cluttered. Having the right stripes in place can create smooth-flowing “traffic patterns” in the workplace.

It Provides The Right Directions

Safety striping not only serves to demarcate lanes of traffic for vehicles and forklifts, but can also be used to provide direction inside buildings of sizeable square footage. Just like on the highway, commercial safety striping not only keeps traffic moving within its proper lanes, but it also helps with providing direction to the right destination.

It Can Be Fun

Though workplace safety has a reputation for being rather boring, keeping the workplace moving forward safely and smoothly can also take on a creative edge. The common yellows and whites of safety lines can be exchanged for greens, purples, or many other colors, and distance markers can even be replaced with graphics of company logos or other custom graphics.

To Find Out More

For more information about how safety striping can help your workplace stay injury-free, contact Summit Industrial Flooring. They are dedicated to making safety the top priority in your business, and have been serving the flooring needs of clients like you for nearly 25 years.

Rick Edsall

Dec 1, 2014

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Four Ways to be More Green

Today we all know the importance of going “green” and making sure that our businesses are as friendly to the environment as possible. Being eco-smart not only includes basic solutions like recycling and water conservation, but also using industrial flooring and coating options that will help your company be more effective at preserving the ecosystems in your area. Here are just a few ways the right flooring and coating options will ensure you stay green.

Finished Concrete Floors

As sustainability pioneers David Johnston and Scott Gibson point out in their book Green From the Ground Up, the most attractive feature of installing a finished concrete floor with high fly-ash content will probably be the money you’ll save by not installing wood flooring or carpet. But even beyond the lower cost, high fly-ash concrete is a recycled industrial byproduct, which is one way to ensure your business remains eco-friendly. Johnston and Gibson also point out that concrete, unlike carpet, won’t trap allergens, dust, and mold, which helps maintain high indoor air quality. 

Secondary Containment

If your facility deals with waste or hazardous chemicals, then you know that the EPA necessitates that you must have a secondary containment system in place to prevent unwanted ecological damage. These systems are designed to prevent any wastes or accumulated liquid from seeping into the concrete and thereby eventually reaching the soil, ground water, or surface water in case of an emergency spill or accident.

Knowledge is power when it comes to taking preventative measures, so if you’re not sure if your secondary containment system is meeting your current traffic and wear demands, or is in compliance with ISO 9000, OSHA, and USDA regulations, then you should schedule a consultation to make sure nearby soil and water will be kept safe should the undesirable happen.

Floor Corrosion

The problems of corrosive sulfuric acid are always present in treatment facilities and other industries that generate hazardous waste. When hydrogen sulfide gas reacts with oxygen, sulfuric acid forms, which can lead to all kinds of infrastructure problems. Acid will undermine portland concrete and create pock marks on concrete surfaces, leading to dangerous corrosion.

Even if you continually treat your flooring with reparative coatings, sulfuric acid and other acidic agents can eventually break down your flooring and other cement structures. This means that finding the right preventative coating solutions, as well as choosing the best sealing treatment for repair jobs, will be vitally important for the safety of your facility.

Tank Corrosion

Storage tanks are also prone to corrosion, so they need the right protective lining to keep unwanted and hazardous leaks from slowing down your business. Knowing about heavy-duty linings, solvent-free solid systems, and/or single-coat applications will ensure corrosion won’t be a problem eating you up at work! 

To learn more about how to make your business more eco-friendly, contact Summit Industrial Flooring. They are a top industrial floor coating and surfacing company that has been serving clients for nearly 25 years.

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