When thinking of industrial flooring, there are many different types of materials to choose from. Durability and cost-effectiveness are important factors to consider, but style and comfort can come into play, as well as longevity. Here are the three best industrial flooring materials and how they can work for you.
An easy option is to keep the already set concrete as your industrial flooring since it is incredibly durable. However, the issue with using unfinished concrete as an industrial flooring base is mainly how porous it is. When used in the food and beverage industry, water or food spills, leaks, or chemical spills can seep into the concrete and may cause bacteria to grow. This can prove extremely problematic for an industry so reliant on upkeeping certain health standards.
Polished concrete offers the same durability and performance that unfinished concrete does, but it is moisture and bacteria resistant. The process of polishing the unfinished material leaves the concrete shiny, almost like an epoxy. The shiny, marble-like appearance left after the concrete is polished is a great alternative to high end flooring such as granite or even tile. However, polished concrete will need touch-ups in high-traffic areas as time passes.
As one of the most popular industrial flooring types, epoxied floors are long-lasting and low maintenance. Among the best looking of all industrial flooring options, epoxy is completely customizable and can come in a variety of colors. Due to the degree of skill needed to install correctly, the epoxy process can get expensive and take a great deal of time. However, the time and money spent are well worth it as epoxy flooring generally only needs a quick mop to clean.
Epoxied industrial flooring is not porous like concrete floors. Therefore, it is protected from bacteria growth and stains or spills, making it perfect for use in the dairy industry or food industry. However, it is recommended to use anti-slip additives during the installation process to keep the floors from getting slick when wet. This also adds to the cost, but it will extend the life of the floors.
Depending on where the industrial flooring is located, rubber tile can be a great option as well. This material offers comfort and safety to those who walk on it for long periods of time. Dings, scratches, and stains won’t show on this type of industrial flooring either due to the general look of the material. It is a more expensive option but it is incredibly durable. The rubber industrial flooring tile is perfect for a gymnasium or outdoor facility as it naturally becomes more slip-resistant when wet.
No matter what your needs are, there is an industrial flooring type that is right for you. Contact The Project Group today to learn more about your flooring options.