Factors to Consider When Selecting a Floor Type Depending on Your Industry

Many considerations go into deciding on the best type of flooring for a specific industrial environment. Understanding the unique needs of your industry and the demands that will be placed on your flooring can ensure you get the right system for your industry.

High-Traffic Areas

High-traffic areas need special protection to keep them from wearing out too quickly or becoming damaged from either foot traffic or equipment. Understanding the type and volume of traffic your flooring will experience will ensure the right resin material is used. Epoxy and polyurethane are the most common finishes and offer different benefits for different needs. For example, a flexible polyurethane flooring finish is a good choice for a school or gymnasium floor that sees a lot of foot traffic. A floor that has more forklift or heavy equipment moving over it will need a much different and more hard-wearing finish, such as epoxy flooring, which can handle continuous vehicle movements and chemical spills.

Flooring Purpose

What happens in your industry every day? We spend a lot of time considering what goes on under your feet to make sure it continues to support you the way it needs to. That means protecting your workers, your equipment and your investment day after day and year after year.

We offer high-quality industrial flooring for industries of all kinds, including:
• Commercial warehouses
• Retail shops
• Educational facilities and gyms
• Food and beverage facilities
• Healthcare facilities
• Pharmaceutical facilities

If your industry handles harsh chemicals or acidic materials, its flooring needs will be far different from certain other industries. For example, a pharmaceutical or healthcare facility will often need flooring with hygienic, seamless flooring with closed-pore properties that is easy to clean. A commercial or food processing center that handles highly acidic products will need flooring that can withstand highly corrosive materials and spills while maintaining slip-resistant properties.

Environmental Factors

Where your industry is located will also affect the type of flooring you choose. Temperature changes, exposure to humidity, exposure to weather or outdoor conditions or impacts can all affect the lifespan and wear of your flooring and the materials that will serve you best. For example, polyurethane floors are an excellent choice for commercial kitchens where temperatures can get high and exposure to hot temperatures is common. If electrical conducting is necessary, epoxy flooring can be a better option.

Budget

While other considerations are probably higher on your list, your budget is still likely a major concern. Industrial flooring can be a major investment, and you will need to account for future costs, too, including cleaning and maintenance costs. Finally, you will need to consider the amount of downtime needed to install the new flooring. Blackrock Industrial offers industrial flooring solutions at a variety of price points designed to meet the needs of your business while sticking within your budget.

Aesthetics

The flooring might not be the first thing you think about when it comes to the aesthetics of a space, but it affects an environment more than you might realize. A bright floor can reflect light and make an area look cleaner, brighter and larger. Flooring can also be customized to reflect a team’s colors or a corporate or brand logo. Directional markings can be included for commercial warehouses or retail facilities.

The finish can offer both aesthetic benefits as well as safety features. An anti-skid coating is essential in a warehouse, garage, food and beverage facility and similar industries. Anti-skid coatings can help prevent injuries and accidents in wet conditions. Coatings are also available to resist or prevent damage from heavy vehicles and chemical corrosion, such as that from road chemicals or acidic substances. In a high-impact area, such as a kitchen, a flexible floor coating can be used to prevent or reduce the risk of damage from dropped utensils while a moisture-resistant coating can reduce mold and mildew growth. In a healthcare or pharmaceutical facility, a hygienic, seamless coating is vital to keep the floor clean and free of bacterial growth.

About Blackrock Industrial

Blackrock Industrial offers resin flooring solutions for commercial and industrial environments using the most advanced systems. We design and install our flooring systems to help you achieve your goals and can incorporate a wide range of components, including chemical-resistant features, epoxies, moisture barriers, anti-microbial topcoats and more to fully customize your product for your facility’s needs. Contact our team today to find out more about the benefits of our epoxy and polyurethane flooring systems or to schedule a site visit with one of our installation specialists.

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