The Importance of Damp proofing your Industrial Flooring

By on Oct 6, 2016 in Blog, Industrial Flooring | 0 comments

When it comes to industrial flooring, it is inevitably put through its paces with heavy footfall and

the use of heavy machinery, which will result in wear and tear. However, using the right

industrial flooring materials and protective sealants will go a long way to ensuring the longevity,

durability and usability of your industrial flooring.

 

One of these treatments is damp proofing. While you may not see the need for damp proofing if

you haven’t spotted the obvious signs of damp in flooring surfaces, it can easily occur and go

undetected for some time. This will inevitably weaken the structure of your industrial flooring

and can cause serious issues in the long term and costly repairs and in extreme cases complete

floor replacement.

 

What is damp proofing?

Damp proofing is used in construction, such as industrial flooring and walls as a moisture control

measure that stops water from getting into internal areas. Water is a highly resilient element

that easily finds a way of seeping into areas, even the smallest of cracks; and once it’s taken a

hold it can be very difficult to get rid of. A damp proof control treatment is usually applied in the

form of a damp proof membrane or primer coat that seals the surface to prevent moisture from

seeping in.

 

Why are industrial floors vulnerable?

Most industrial floors are built to withstand heavy duty use and are often constructed from

cement based materials for added durability. However, untreated cement will often allow

moisture to travel through it. Therefore applying a damp proof membrane or primer to your

industrial flooring can help give it additional protection to stop any moisture from getting into

the floor and also other internal areas inside your building.

 

If a treatment isn’t applied, when moisture gets into the floor surface if left untreated it can

compromise the stability and strength of the floor surface, causing it to crumble or crack, as well

as discolour with black mould. These can be expensive problems to repair, but also they can

pose various health and safety concerns to workers.

 

With a higher risk of crumbling floor surface and cracks, it can create more hazards in the

working environment for trips and falls. Furthermore, if mould does begin to appear within

internal areas of the building, the mould spores can also cause respiratory irritations if inhaled.

To avoid any risk to your industrial floor or your employees, the best step to take is preventative

action with damp proofing. At Ron Jon Resins, we have a range of damp proof membranes and

primers, specifically designed to protect and prevent moisture from plaguing industrial flooring.

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