"Sealed Floors: Stop Dusting and Looking Great" *
Pride of Appearance and cleanliness count for a lot.
Dust. It coats parts and makes them look like they have been hanging around for months. It gets into automated equipment and forklift trucks to cause them to malfunction or come to a premature end. It gets into motors in mechanical rooms forcing bearings to seize. Inhaled by your lungs, it makes you sick. In short, it is at best a nuisance and at worse a hazard.
Believe it or not, most of the dust in plants and warehouses is created by the unsealed concrete floors. Unsealed floors start dusting from day one. Water evaporating from the concrete mix leaves minute pockets or pores. Then, small particles wear off as the pores get crushed under traffic loads. We are not just talking about cheaply laid floors. Even the most expensive concrete floor begins to deteriorate from the moment it is laid. Concrete is always curing, so there is always dust being created.
As the floor wears, rough spots and potholes form, to take their toll on mobile equipment. Higher wheel replacement cost and equipment downtime become inevitable. But this doesn’t have to happen to you.
Concrete floors can have their deterioration stopped and the damage reversed.
There are 3 main methods utilized to prepare concrete floors:
Mechanical Shot-Blasting – A large machine blasts the floor with steel shot the size of large grains of sand while simultaneously vacuuming up the dust and re-circulating the metal shot. This is the preferred method of professional floor installers, as it both cleans and profiles the floor for optimal chemical and mechanical adhesion.
Acid Washing – The floor is etched with muriatic or hydrochloric acid and neutralized. This method works well on a clean, previously uncoated floor but is not useful when the floor has oil or has a previous coat of paint or sealer.
Diamond Grinding, Sanding, or Scarifying – The floor is sanded or scarified with large orbital machines sometimes using diamond grinding bits. This opens up the pores of the floor, but does not profile it. Useful around columns or edges of walls where the
shot-blast machine will not access.
As companies are now being held accountable for the environmental cleanup of their sites, those involved in risk management see the benefit
that coated floors can offer them. The impermeable nature of epoxy coatings allows spilled liquids to be cleaned up rather than penetrating the floor and entering the ground over time. In facilities where spills are common, this can amount to hundreds of thousands of dollars in savings.
When looking into having your floors sealed, choosing the right contractor is the most important part. There has been an explosion in contractors offering floor coating installation over the past 10 years. As the industry is not regulated, it is up to the consumer to ensure they educate themselves so they can make the best decision as to what coating they want to use, and who they want to do it. Just as with all contracting jobs, it is important to check references and it would be a good idea to visit an old job to see how it is holding up.
Floor projects are priced per square foot and dependant up on the thickness of material applied. 100% solids epoxies should normally be 18 to 20 mils (thousandths of an inch) thick. This is usually more than adequate to fill in the blast lines left by preparation. If you see excessive blast lines in the floor, the contractor may not have put sufficient material down, and you are paying for material you never received.
Make sure you get proof of insurance and workers compensation coverage prior to any work starting.
Induspray is a professional epoxy floor coating contractor servicing manufacturing and warehouse facilities. Have questions about painting, sealing, or epoxy coating your concrete floor? Contact us today -- we're here to help.
* Induspray article, published in Property Management Magazine, 2006
|Floor painters serving American
factory, manufacturing, and warehouse floor and industrial concrete floors/flooring painting and
epoxy coating sealing clients throughout the USA including in: New
York State NY (Albany, Buffalo, New Rochelle, Mount Vernon, New
York City, Niagara Falls, Rochester, Schenectady, Syracuse, Utica,
Yonkers), Pennsylvania PA (Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Allentown,
Erie, Reading, Scranton, Bethlehem, Lancaster), Illinois IL
(Chicago, Aurora, Rockford, Naperville, Joliet, Springfield,
Peoria, Elgin, Waukegan, Cicero), West Virginia WV (Charleston,
Huntington), Ohio OH (Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Toledo,
Akron, Dayton, Parma, Youngstown, Canton, Lorain), Kentucky KY
(Louisville/Jefferson County, Lexington-Fayette, Owensboro,
Bowling Green), Michigan MI (Detroit, Grand Rapids, Warren,
Sterling Heights, Flint, Lansing, Ann Arbor, Livonia, Dearborn,
Westland) and Massachusetts MA (Boston, Worcester, Springfield,
Lowell, Cambridge, Brockton, New Bedford, Fall River, Quincy,
Also included are Iowa IA (Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Davenport, Sioux City, Waterloo, Iowa City, Council Bluffs, Dubuque, West Des Moines, Ames), Connecticut CT (Bridgeport, New Haven, Hartford, Stamford, Waterbury, Norwalk, Danbury, New Britain, Bristol, Meriden), Wisconsin WY (Milwaukee, Madison, Green Bay, Kenosha, Racine, Appleton, Waukesha, Oshkosh, Eau Claire, Janesville) and Indiana IN (Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, Evansville, South Bend, Gary, Hammond, Bloomington, Muncie, Lafayette, Carmel).
Other states we service include: Alabama AL, Alaska AK, Arizona AZ, Arkansas AR, California CA, Colorado CO, Delaware DE, District of Columbia DC, Florida FL, Georgia GA, Hawaii HI, Idaho ID, Kansas KS, Louisiana LA, Maine ME, Maryland MD, Minnesota MN, Mississippi MS, Missouri MO, Montana MT, Nebraska NE, Nevada NV, New Hampshire NH, New Jersey NJ, New Mexico NM, North Carolina NC, North Dakota ND, Oklahoma OK, Oregon OR, Rhode Island RI, South Carolina SC, South Dakota SD, Tennessee TN, Texas TX, Utah UT, Vermont VT, Virginia VA, Washington WA and Wyoming WY.