Choosing Industrial flooring – pitfalls to look out for

By on Jun 11, 2015 in Industrial Flooring | 0 comments

Flooring is an essential part of everyday life and choosing the right industrial flooring is vital in

ensuring that your business can operate effectively and safely.

When choosing the flooring for your industrial environment, there are a few common pitfalls that

you should avoid. You don’t want to spend a fortune on a specific type of flooring only to find out

over time that it is unsuitable or not hard wearing enough for your business.

Uneven flooring

It is extremely important that you get your floor evened out before usage or laying down any new

flooring. Uneven floors can cause you serious problems such as damaging workplace machinery and

presenting a trip hazard for your staff.

You can choose to apply a self-levelling compound to your floors to ensure they are level, but it is

often much more cost and time effective to hire a professional floor grinding company. Floor

grinders can help to remove old flooring materials and level out the surface beneath it. Another

option you may want to consider is floor screening. This is sometimes preferred by businesses, as it

is a much quicker process than floor grinding.

Slippery flooring

It is very dangerous in industrial spaces to have any kind of slippery flooring. While it may look good,

having flooring such as laminate in walkways, warehouses or kitchen can be extremely dangerous

and counterproductive.

A simple and effective way of combatting slippery flooring, if your budget won’t allow for replacing

the flooring completely, is to lay a durable and non-slip floor coating. Floor coatings can also be

water dispersible to prevent the risk of puddles causing slipping hazards.

Heavy machinery

If your business involves the use of heavy machinery to regularly travel over your flooring, then it’s

important to factor this in to choosing your industrial flooring. While concrete may seem like an idea

choice for your industrial flooring, as it is non-slip and very hardwearing, it can be unsuitable for

flooring which is designed to have heavy machinery operate on. This is because concrete can expand

and contract with the heat and doesn’t allow for vibrations caused by machinery. This can lead to

cracks appearing which can damage your workplace machinery.

Making sure your flooring has expansion joints build in to help prevent the movement, vibrations,

expansion and contraction of the concrete can often combat the effects of this. However, they don’t

last forever and will need to be maintained to prevent potholes forming which can be a large risk to

your machinery and staff.

Maintenance

When choosing your industrial flooring, make sure that it will be cost and time effective to keep

maintained. No flooring is indestructible or will last forever. Maintaining your flooring can prevent

risks to your staff and machinery that also reduce the chance of you having to replace large chunks

or the entire floor, at some point in the near future.

So make sure you choose the flooring, which is right for your industry. Don’t just pick flooring based

on cost or appearance, as it has to be fit for purpose.

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