Warehouse Flooring is the single most important element in warehouse construction. It is a foundation upon which everything else in the facility must be constructed and the quality of it must be impeccable to ensure the smooth operation of racking systems, storage shelves, loading/unloading vehicles and equipment, and continuous transit of personnel and materials.
The floors of warehouses are constantly subject to traffic, forklifts and heavy machinery, which puts them at a higher risk of damage than other commercial spaces. If a concrete floor is not constructed properly or if the foundational soils are not thoroughly tested and compacted, the result can be costly to a business that relies on its ability to serve customers.
For this reason, it is crucial to work with an experienced contractor that understands the needs of a warehouse space and how to best prepare the substrate for successful installation. Depending on the type of warehouse, the floor may require a durable epoxy coating, or a polished concrete solution that is both durable and cost effective for the long term.
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Both epoxy and polished concrete offer durability for forklift traffic, industrial operations, and are easy to clean. In addition, the polishing process for concrete eliminates additional materials like coatings and coverings which reduces material costs, and it is environmentally friendly with no VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds), making it LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)-friendly.
Once the surface is installed, it can be finished with acid or water based stains to enhance color and add more visual interest to your warehouse floor. Choosing the right finish will help your business stand out amongst other competitors, while also creating a safe and comfortable workspace for employees and customers.