Although it’s long-lasting and hard-wearing, even the best-poured concrete floors will crack, chip, and wear over time. Lifespan varies depending on the floor’s makeup, type, intensity and usage, and manufacturer specs. All concrete floors need repairs from time to time and are easy enough to patch up. There comes a point, however, where you must decide if it’s worth continuing to repair the floor or to reset the cycle and replace it with a new one.
Common Signs of Floor Degradation
If you see any of these signs of damage, ageing, and wear-and-tear on a concrete floor, it’s time to consider spot-repairing or repainting your factory floor. Unfortunately, they are also signs of structural damage and weakness, which will only worsen over time, no matter how often you repair them.
- Hairline cracks
- Paint flakes and dust (to excessive levels)
- Extensive loss of the floor’s top ‘sheen’
- Worn demarcations and top paint (e.g. Walkways, floor signs, road markings)
- Severe discolouration (staining)
- Complete loss of colour
- Steadily worsening underfoot/under wheel grip
- ‘Bald’ patches (i.e. Worn-out gaps, exposed concrete or metal)
- Biological growth (e.g. Black mould, bacteria, plants)
- Ridges, dips, and bumps (i.e. Underpaint subsidence)
Why Do I Need to Maintain My Industrial Floors?
Keeping your premises’ floors in great shape will ensure they stay hygienic, safe to use, and easy to clean for far longer, boosting your food-safe and ultra-clean spaces. Purpose-designed resin floors are more wear-resistant than concrete, and also cope better with exposure to corrosive substances (including cleaning products).
The closer you are to the manufacturer’s estimated lifespan, the more likely you’ll see these signs appear, and you should start planning for a full replacement. Any new concrete floor you install will eventually give you all the problems and drawbacks of the last one, which is why many businesses have turned to an industrial resin floor.
Repair or Replace?
Generally, a floor that’s scarred beyond superficial dents and general ageing will need a replacement topcoat at the very least. Don’t be tempted to cut corners on cost. The excellent ROI a resin replacement offers often pays for itself long-term by reducing maintenance downtime and ‘patchwork’ jobs.
Upgrading your concrete floor to a new resin system will, predictably, cost more than local repairs and ‘bridges’. You’ll also need to factor in any lost productivity and profits while deciding on the best solution.
Sometimes, it can prove beneficial to leave repairs until you reach an optimum point between complete failure and a ‘workable’ but scuffed surface to maximise workplace efficiency. Try to balance the cost advantages of repair against the disruption of an upgrade and the benefits of improved safety and performance.
Find out more
Ultimately, replacing an old and worn concrete floor with a high-performance resin floor will bring far more benefits than costs, and by working with an experienced resin floor contractor like Central Flooring, you can keep costs and disruption to a minimum while we implement your new flooring solution. To find out more, or to request a free quote, please get in touch.