There are many different types of floor coatings and sealers available for industrial flooring, depending on the use and environment the floor will be used in. Coatings can range from epoxy, polyurethane, polyurea and acrylic. Please feel free to contact us for advice and or a quote.
Epoxy Floor Coatings
Epoxy resin coatings on concrete floors create a dramiatic positive impact as you can choose any colour to match or compliment the enviroment. Please look through our recent projects to see some examples.
Depending on the thickness of the coating and the traffic on the floor the coating will have a different lifespan.
Epoxy resin floors are resistant to most chemicals. We can send you a material technical data sheet to determine the specific environment.
- Glass beads which is a crushed glass into a fine sand is commonly used for ramps and areas to make a very grippy surface for areas that become slippery from oil or water.
- Silica sand can be added which gives a finer slightly dull appearance and provides a general non-slip surface. Vinyl flakes are commonly used for decorative floors however that provide non-slip properties.
- Vinyl flakes create a slightly bumpy surface which is easy to mop and sweep.
There are different types of polished concrete. Some floors can look shinny due to a clear coating and the floor may not be polished however a lay person may consider this to be a polished concrete floor. A concrete floor may be grinded and then sealed. This may not be shiny, but a lay person may also consider this to be a polished concrete floor. To learn more about polished concrete floors the visit this page our polished concrete page for retail, commercial and homes.
The type of polished concrete used in warehouses is the same type of flooring you may have seen in Bunnings Warehouse hardware stores. The process of this type of polished concrete floor is not grinding the concrete floor to expose the stones in the concrete. The concrete floor is polished with a machine called a mechanical concrete trowel. The floor is also polished with a densifier called silicate. Usually a potassium silicate is used during the process and then a lithium silicate is used in the final stages. The densifier reacts with the alkaline concrete and creates a hard crust that becomes shiny.
This type of hard shiny surface on concrete floors is easy to clean and gives a natural look.
Negatives of polished concrete floors
- Polished concrete floors is that they need to be maintained. They need to be burnished (polished) to maintain their shine. For example, a shopping centres floor is polished terrazzo. These floors are polished every evening to maintain its shine. If you do not polish a concrete floor with a burnishing machine the dust is on the floor creates friction from foot traffic or vehicles.
- The polished shinny layer on the top of the concrete can be eaten away by acidic chemicals. This is important to remember as many cleaning products are acidic and will make your polished concrete floor dull.
Clear Concrete Sealer
An economical solution to surface a concrete floor in a warehouse or factory is to use a sealer. We commonly use AVISTA Extended Wear which a product from Dulux.
A concrete floor sealer is not as shinny as a polished concrete floor. However it does make the floor shinny enough to be cleaned easily and is not volnerable as to acidic chemicals.