Many commercial venues and facilities have concrete floors in the back areas. Your loading dock, warehouse, or inventory storage are the most likely to feature a concrete floor. But some facilities have concrete from end-to-end because it is a practical, smooth, and low-cost way to floor a non-hospitality-oriented business. However, concrete doesn’t last forever. At least not when it’s exposed as a flooring. Concrete expands and contracts with the ground creating cracks, the top smooth surface wears away, and paint is constantly fading and chipping.
Sound familiar? Commercial concrete floors need constant upkeep and ultimately are not as cost-effective as they once seemed. Fortunately, there are fast, practical solutions. Commercial epoxy floor coating is the natural upgrade to a bare concrete floor, sealing in the cracks and creating a smooth springy floor surface that will take paint and doesn’t wear away into gravel.
Most concrete floors need to be re-poured or epoxied after a few years of wear-and-tear. Let’s take a look at the six clearest signs that your facility’s concrete floor is ready for commercial epoxy floor coating.
1) There are Cracks and Splits in the Floor Slab
Concrete floors are not supposed to have cracks, but they often do. This usually happens because concrete is not really stone. It’s a porous composite that expands and contracts with moisture and temperature. As the Minnesota weather changes drastically throughout the seasons, concrete slowly develops cracks from pulling away from itself and expanding back together. Over time, those cracks widen until they become safety hazards.
Hairline cracks are normal in concrete floors. But if your facility has floors with distinctly gapping or unlevel cracks, epoxy can be the long-term solution to that ongoing problem.
2) The Concrete Floor is Always Dirty, Despite Sweeping and Mopping
The smooth surface of fresh-poured concrete is a fantastic work floor, but it doesn’t last. When the smooth top starts to wear, the concrete begins to chip and wear away into little bits. This creates the effective situation of your floor always being covered in crumbles of gravel which mix with everyday dirt and chipping paint so that no matter how much you sweep or most, the floor is never quite clean. In fact, the effort of sweeping hard enough to pick up the gravel only looses more concrete gravel and dust.
When this happens, it means your facility’s concrete floor will need to be resealed one way or another. An epoxy floor coating can seal in that crumbling concrete, making use of the slab while providing a much more reliable and infinitely more cleanable smooth flooring surface.
3) The Facility is Freezing in the Winter
Concrete can also significantly change the facility’s indoor temperature. It may be a practical flooring choice in the summer but in the winter, a Minnesota commercial facility can become freezing cold as concrete conveys the cold in the earth and the cold outside into your building. Commercial floor coatings do the opposite, acting as an insulator to keep the concrete’s cold in the concrete and make the most of your facility heaters to keep the interior warm.
4) Your Concrete has Faded or Peeling Paint
Many commercial facilities paint their concrete floor and the design of the paint is important for safety and/or workflow, But as the surface of your concrete wars away, so too does the paint. If your floor is covered in old worn and peeling paint, it’s time to consider your next solution to the wearing concrete floor.
5) Your Facility Has a Worse-than-Normal Insect Problem
Large cracks in your concrete floor can also introduce other problems, a potential inlet for insects. This can happen in a number of ways. Cracks that run from the outdoors in can create a narrow insect superhighway and cracks that reach down to the earth give diggers a chance to climb up.
Of course, every facility experiences the usual seasonal migration where bugs try to get in to escape the cold or come to life as it warms up. But if your facility is constantly fighting bugs coming through the concrete, it’s time for a sealing solution.
6) There is a Lingering Chemical Smell that Won’t Go Away
Finally, there’s the fact that concrete actually absorbs whatever you spill on it. In a commercial facility, there are many different things that can be spilled and many of them you’d like to have mopped up fast, But before the mop bucket arrives, the concrete has already soaked up some of the spill into its porous material. And when the heat rises, you may smell spills that happened months or years ago as the concrete releases old fumes.
Epoxy is non-porous, easy to clean, and will seal in all the old spills and imperfections of your existing concrete floor.
If any or all of these signs sound familiar, it’s time for your facility to consider a commercial flooring upgrade, Instead of just patching the cracks and repainting the floor, consider professionally installed epoxy flooring instead to improve your concrete floors, insulation, and workflow in one fell swoop. For more on epoxy floors or to consult on the needs of your commercial facility floors, contact us today.