Concrete coatings ultimately increase the longevity of concrete flooring by protecting them from abrasions and overall deterioration, while simultaneously adding aesthetic value to any work environment. However, with a multitude of coating options available, it’s important to pick which system is most appropriate for your specific workplace. The following information should give you a general overview of the best concrete coating options available for different business needs.
There are two main choices for concrete coatings at manufacturing companies. A thin coating — typically a hybrid polyurethane — may suffice for concrete flooring that does not see an inordinate amount of abuse or heavy traffic. This system is easy to clean, durable and less expensive than thicker coatings. However, they can be scratched by heavy machinery and constant traffic.
For busier manufacturing operations, a thick coating is typically recommended. Epoxy or polyaspartic coatings will stand up to the toughest conditions, while also concealing prior flaws in the floor. These coatings include some type of aggregate. Aggregates used include polyurethane flakes, sand or natural stone chips. Both the polyurethane flakes and stone chips are available in different colors or color combinations. These extremely durable coatings are highly abrasion resistant and solvent/caustic resistant.
The type of concrete coating used in retail environments depends largely on the main usage of the space. For busy showrooms with heavy foot traffic, a hybrid polyurethane can again be used. Alternatively, a light flake or aggregate system can be applied. This concrete coating better camouflages any existing flaws in the floor.
For other retail spaces, there are even more options. A decorative epoxy — using metallic dispersing flakes, for example — helps cover existing flaws and allows for greater creativity. A solid color coating is also popular in retail environments to match a branding scheme. Finally, a simple clear coat is a great option for concrete floors already in good condition and has gained in popularity in recent years providing a more “rustic” look and feel.
Many businesses are comprised of mixed-use work environments. For example, a company may include a sales floor in the front and a warehouse in the back. In these instances, multiple concrete coating systems can be used. A hybrid polyurethane or decorative epoxy system might be recommended for the busy sales floor, while a durable thick coating, with aggregate, may be recommended for the warehouse.
Decorative epoxy concrete coatings are becoming increasingly popular in modern offices. The use of multiple colors and metallic additives create attractive patterns throughout office spaces. This type of coating is also durable and helps conceal any existing flooring flaws.
Finally, for environmentally friendly work environments, mechanically polished flooring is an excellent alternative to some of the aforementioned systems. This green concrete flooring option provides sustainable, high-gloss concrete flooring, with low chemical emissions.
If you are still unsure on what concrete flooring system is right for your workplace, contact us today for a free consultation.