Feb 2, 2017
Have you ever noticed a thin layer of moisture on your concrete floors in the morning? That condensation on your concrete means you have sweating floors. While your floors did put in a good hard day of work, the sweating floors are actually the result of a temperature change. On a humid night, the water vapor of a warm day comes in contact with the cooler ground, and condenses (on your floors) into morning dew. Unfortunately, the moisture build up isn’t your biggest problem. When the dew forms it draws out any grease or oil residue that have seeped into the concrete pores. The result is a slippery surface and a serious hazard for employees and machinery.
The U.S. Department of Labor reported that slips and falls account for over 95 million lost work days per year. Additionally, The National Floor Safety Council of America recorded nearly $70 billion is spent each year on medical expenses and workers’ compensation for slip and fall accidents. Don’t become a statistic and stop the problem before it develops with one of Nu-Safe’s proven floor safety strategies and products. While every floor is different and requires a visit to determine the proper solution, Nu-Safe’s anti-slip floor treatments/chemicals – RED-X, Maintain and Friction – are specifically designed to combat your sweating floors.
RED-X, Maintain and Friction are ‘High Traction’ anti-slip floor treatments/chemicals that draw out the grease and oil residues that build up in your concrete, helping to minimize these issues. These biodegradable anti-slip floor chemicals feature unique technology that increases the coefficient of friction on your concrete floors. The applied areas will now have a less slippery surface even when wet or contaminated, and there is no change in surface appearance.
Want to discuss how we can help you create a safer facility? Contact us today for a free floor estimate.
Sep 16, 2015
When it comes to concrete flooring, many people picture nothing but hard gray stone that offers an inferior, unfinished look. However, while cement and concrete are used in this manner, there are some truly incredible ways you can improve the look of your industrial floor without spending much money on the project.
Sure, if you have a concrete floor you can always leave it looking dull and gray. However, it is not going to defend against stains and slipping. That is why you need to consider finished cement flooring options. Polished concrete flooring, epoxy flooring, decorative flooring and other options provide you with different looks, textures and designs, all of which are less expensive than having a brand new floor installed and yet it provides a higher quality flooring opportunity.
Perhaps you don’t need anything too extensive but you’d like a different color to your concrete and want to move away from the hard cement look. A polished concrete flooring system works great for this. It offers a new color and makes the flooring look far from your ordinary cement and concrete floor. With this kind of look, you can improve customers while having a floor that is easy to maintain and easy to clean.
The epoxy concrete flooring system takes the traditional concrete flooring to the next level. There is an additional layer of epoxy placed on top of the flooring. This protects the concrete and prevents stains from forming on the floor. It is easier to clean up, which also allows you and your employees to avoid slips and injuries that might come from such a slip. Also, additional material can be mixed in with the epoxy. Small chips may be added to offer a bit more texture and grip to the flooring while also adding interesting designs to the flooring as well.
Whatever you look for, if you want to save money, improve the appearance of your industrial sight and still maintain an exceptionally beautiful looking facility, all you need to do is look at the different concrete flooring options. From stains to epoxy and resins, there is a way to improve the safety of your building, the appearance and the quality of the flooring without high costs.
Sep 9, 2015
Safety is one of the top concerns of your industrial plant. It doesn’t matter if you are manufacturing car parts or planters for house plants, maintaining a level of safety for your employees is a must. Of course, you take all of the necessary precautions, ranging from having safety railings installed, following specific protocols and performing everything you need to in order to keep the plant safe. One area that is often overlooked though is the industrial floor. The floor is an area not only the majority of your workers are located throughout the day, but a large number of injuries occur due to the flooring. Simple concrete flooring is not enough to protect your employees and to prevent injuries. In order to do this, you need to look for new flooring options that not only save you money but improve the safety levels of your employees as well.
Chances are, all of the flooring of your industrial building is concrete. Unforgiving to equipment and to humans when spills occur. Concrete also can become slippery and when cement floors crack and crumble, they take a toll on your forklifts and other equipment.
So, you stick with the cement. What are you suppose to do with it now? There are several options for the industrial floor at your disposal. If you just want to change the color of the flooring and improve the stain resistance, a polished concrete floor gives you this option. It improves the appearance of the flooring while also boosting the stain protection. Epoxy concrete floor systems help reduce any slipping and stain absorption as well. With the introduction of advanced materials a textured feel and appearance can provide additional safety from spills. Additionally, epoxy adds a level of protection so nothing soaks into the concrete. This is fantastic if you work with liquids and chemicals.
Jun 17, 2015
Concrete is a durable and inexpensive material to use in the production of a building. That is why so many manufacturing plants and large construction projects are made with concrete floors. As long as concrete is properly taken care of, not only can it last a long time but it can look superior to many other flooring options out there. Polished concrete flooring, epoxy flooring systems and even decorative or chip/broadcast epoxy systems all help improve the look of the floor, make it easier to clean without stains and ensure the flooring is suitable for just about any condition. However, it is still important to utilize proper concrete floor safety procedures in order to make sure everyone inside of the building, plant or office building remain safe and secure, no matter what is going on.
Clean Up Spills
It is extremely important to clean up any sort of spill that occurs on the floor as quickly as possible. With the epoxy and polished concrete, the pores of the material are no longer exposed, which means it is not going to absorb the liquid like traditionally, exposed concrete. Due to this, it can become a bit slick when moisture is present. Cleaning up any sort of oil and other thicker, darker liquid can help avoid long term stains as well.
Inside of a plant or manufacturing facility, having clearly identified traffic lanes is important. This can be done with proper striping on the concrete. Different stripes can represent different flows of traffic. Some common striping for concrete floor safety includes a yellow stripe for traffic lanes and work cells, white often means an equipment fixture, a blue might represent materials and components, an orange may mean products held for inspection with other color combinations and stirring options available. When everyone has a specific line to follow while navigating through a busy manufacturing plant it helps avoid injuries and makes sure everyone is right where they need to be.
Maintain Epoxy Covering
Over time, the epoxy covering on the floor might start to wear down, especially under heavy traffic. This is why it is important to have it patched and maintained whenever required. This helps the concrete from cracking under the other layers of epoxy that are not damaged. Should concrete start to crack underneath the exposed surface, it can become difficult to prevent any additional damage.
Apr 15, 2015
Concrete is a common material used in industry factory floors. With the foundation made out of concrete, adding in another layer of material often isn’t necessary. However, concrete flooring as-is really isn’t that attractive or desirable. It is hard and rough, and while it does prevent some slipping, it doesn’t have much of a professional look to it. That is exactly why you need to look at industrial floor coatings. From preventing moisture from entering into the open pores on concrete to adding in a beautiful finish, industrial floor coatings will take the look of your plant to the next level.
Some available floor options available to you and your business include:
It is rather amazing how fantastic concrete can look just with some polishing. It makes the concrete look like an entirely new material. Why pay more for an expensive granite or marble flooring when you can just polish your concrete? This way, if you have a welcome area where you greet clients, utilize the polished concrete look.
Epoxy flooring offers in a protective barrier that is coated and applied to the top of the concrete. There are different epoxy color options available, ranging from clear to a brilliant red. This is desirable as it can prevent chemicals and other liquids from staining the floor easily, as this epoxy resin washes off and does not absorb the color of the spill.
With decorative flooring, areas can be painted a different color and then possibly combined with a polishing in order to bring out a beautiful luster in the flooring.
Chip and Broadcast Epoxy Flooring
This is done in conjunction with the epoxy material. Small pieces of stone, cement, shells and other items are added to the epoxy. It adds some more color to the epoxy and also looks good inside of a walkway or other area of the building, should you want the protective surface of epoxy but want a professional look.
Urethane offers a reflective surface to the cement that looks great but doesn’t have the same thickness or protective elements of epoxy.
Mar 25, 2015
How Polyaspartics and Polyureas Are Revolutionizing Industrial Flooring
Polyaspartics and Polyureas are originally used for coating steel as a means of preventing corrosion. Its ability to cure fast and high durability is drawing interest in industrial flooring. These are two components thoroughly mixed before their application on concrete floors. The pigmentation mixture appears clear but you can add any color to bring out the look you desire.
Benefits of Polyaspartics and Polyureas over Epoxy Coatings
Polyaspartics and Polyureas cure rapidly, approximately in an hour. This means application of several layers in a single day is possible. They also have the ability to absorb into the concrete after grinding the surface to smoothen it. Even better, Polyaspartics and Polyureas are able to cure as part of the concrete instead of a patch as is the case with Epoxy. You can apply Polyaspartics and Polyureas below zero degrees temperatures. This means you can complete your flooring any time of the year without worrying about excellent results.
Polyaspartics and Polyureas are resistant to cracks as well as peels. The coating is a highly stable UV-based enabling it to restrain from deterioration and yellowing. It maintains it glossy appearance over years. They cannot absorb spills or stain. Polyaspartics and Polyureas are resilient to particularly harsh chemicals such as grease drops. The product has a tight chain of chemical compounds linked together to reduce any possibility or micro-stretches. Micro-stretches are may harbor bacteria and are prone to dirt collection.
The coating has a proper surface preparation that involves using a floor grinder that makes the surface level and opens up surface pores on the concrete flooring. This makes the surface smooth increase the surface area for the Polyaspartics and Polyureas to stick. You can also use decorative chips on the floor to bring a variety of looks ranging from granite to terrazzo. Highly populated areas such as hospitals, commercial kitchens, storefront flooring, customer service areas and garage flooring prefer this kind of flooring.
Polyaspartics and Polyureas flooring has the interest of both residential and industrial flooring clients at heart. It comes with high flexibility including excellent results in extreme weather conditions, faster curing ability and easily fighting bacterial growth. It also comes with many varieties that can be customized considering you may choose the color and decoration of your choice. Polyaspartics and Polyureas floor coatings are replacing Epoxy floors.
Aug 20, 2014
As a business in the industrial world, it is important to be concerned about your carbon footprint. Those in the industrial industry are seeking to improve the world around them by delivering some of the most innovative and efficient equipment available on the market. It only makes sense for them to be concerned about their flooring and how it relates to the environment.
Pollutants inside industrial businesses can be more dangerous than outside. “Going green,” when it comes to flooring, is a unique idea, but it is important to note that some techniques of becoming eco-friendly are better than others. Here are a few ways to improve your carbon footprint by starting with your industrial concrete floor.
The first and maybe the easiest way to sustain a healthy carbon footprint is to use industrial flooring that lasts. If you are constantly creating new floors, then it will cause the use of materials being burned and carbon (CO2) being released into the environment. Recycling is so important for the environment because materials are being used over again and new materials don’t have to be wasted to create something this already available. Industrial flooring is the same way. A lot of materials are used, such as sand, water, cement, aggregate and admixtures. There is no reason to waste this if your floor can last for years to come.
Polished floors work well also. They reflect light extremely well, so this will allow you to use less energy with lighting and use daylight as a main source. They also have low maintenance costs, so fewer chemicals will be used to service the floor.
Do your research. Make sure your floor is using materials that are good for the environment and lasts. When choosing your floor, make sure it is long lasting, has features that allow you to save energy and maintenance costs and uses materials that don’t release CO2.