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Industrial and Commercial Floors

Industrial and Commercial floors are floors that have specific uses and are classified as “hard wearing”.

Some examples are;
High volume of heavy traffic (weight such as forklifts and frequency such as customers)
Food Preparation and handling, Restaurants and manufacturing
Warehouse, factories and showroom floors
Office floors, libraries.

Importance of “Fit for Purpose”

A hard wearing floor needs to be ‘’fit for purpose’’. For example; a commercial floor that has a high impact and has chemical exposure would be different to a commercial floor that would have light trolleys and foot traffic from customers or staff. Therefore commercial floors demand “fit for purpose’’ specification.

Industrial and Commercial needs are different and therefore the floors requirements are different. One floor may need screeding to drains, another can be flat but need coving and a small drain in the middle.

Granicrete can help you design a floor to meet your needs. What we often find is tha over designing and therefore over budgeting can be a problem. Conversely, under designing a floor that does not meet the needs or fit of the area in which it is used can be a much bigger problem.

For example; imagine that you install a floor that looks great but does not give enough protection to the surface. If you have installed an entire factory floor, then installed a lot of immobile plant equipment and then have the floor fail – that would be a bad outcome because everything has to be removed again and the floor redone. For a commercial kitchen or a restaurant, they will have to close down to redo the floor because the floor was not designed properly. The down time can often be more expensive than the floor surface itself.

Benefits of Epoxy in Industrial and Commercial Floors.

It is seamless and easy to clean as opposed to tiles with grout lines which harbour materials that make them not easy to keep clean e.g Its food grade and when it is properly laid it doesn’t harbor bacteria.

Easy restored back to a non-slip surface with a single coat whereas tiles have to be replaced at a higher cost.
Flexibility in design and finish as it is a custom compound therefore flexibility in budget for example epoxy can be installed from 300micron to 900mm thick which has a direct impact on cost.

Epoxy flooring typically is more efficiently installed compared to tiles particularly on larger area floors as such takes a shorter time to instal.
Chemical resistant therefore most industrial chemicals do not affect its texture, colour and appearance making it an enduring look

Benefits of Mechanically Polished Concrete

This is one of the seamless flooring industries most beautiful floors. With the right choice of the colour of the concrete and aggregate complemented by an excellent choice in the contractor to polish the floor, a Mechanically Polished Concrete Floor can be the toughest and most beautiful floor available, bar none!

For a perfect polished concrete floor to be achieved there is a lot of work to be done prior to the concrete ever being laid.
You must know what you want the concrete to look like when it is finished. If you just pour a normal slab and don’t know what you want, you won’t get what you want, that’s for sure. It must be worked out and planned according to your designs, fit for purpose as well as budgets. Polished concrete is not a cheap option.

It takes a lot of skill from the concrete installers and the polishing contractor. As well as the right equipment to get the job done right, a lot of expensive equipment is needed, a polisher can easily have a hundred thousand dollars invested in the equipment to polish your floor.

The best products need to be used to get the best result, a polishing contractor should be using high quality diamonds and pads, densifiers, grouts and sealers. If a contractor is using sub-par materials and tooling, your job may not turn out to be the best.

A TIP, never let the concreter pour in unsuitable weather and take care to never let the concrete be damaged while construction is proceeding. It is very important that the right floor along with the right installer is selected.

At Granicrete, we want to build the right floor for the right purpose. One that is on budget and fit for purpose. The commercial reality is that it’s a trade off between the two but the quality of our work is always driven by the principle of right fit for purpose.

Are you familiar with the materials and compounds that characterise commercial floors?

  • Roll Coat Epoxy
  • High build epoxy
  • Urethane Cement
  • Polished concrete
  • Grind and Seal
  • Cement Overlays

Tell us about your industrial or commercial floor and we will help you with devising a maintenance strategy to keep it fit for purpose. Enquire here about our approach to commercial floors or sign up for our complementary Commercial Floor Maintenance Training.

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