If your factory or warehouse handles food production, beverages, dairy, or brewing vats, you’ll want excellent quality, easy-clean, easy-repair flooring in place. Ensuring your underfoot surfaces are as clean as your tabletops and machines will help to keep your workplace liability-free and pleasant to work in and use.
Food-safe flooring needs to withstand the challenges and daily wear and tear that come from heavy foot traffic and exposure to abrasive substances. Hygiene and safety is always a top priority, too. Tiles, polymer slats (e.g. vinyl, rubber, linoleum), and exposed concrete easily trap disease-causing microparticles and waste offcuts. Exposed ridges and joins can also trip up and tip over fast-moving vehicles and workers.
The Low-cost, High-Performance Solution? Resin Flooring.
Seamless, hard-wearing, quick to install, and easily replaceable and repairable, a resin floor system can be designed to fit almost any space. Different resin flooring mixes specific applications, hygiene requirements, intensities of use, budgets, and the level of temperature and chemical resistance required. Before you pick, run through our brief checklist to ensure that you choose a great match.
Humidity, Wetness, and Spills
Will your floor be used in an area that’s high in ambient moisture or regularly sees pools of liquid form on the ground? Will wet cleaning, sprays, or mopping be applied to get rid of crumbs and dirt? If so, you’ll need to request harder-wearing screeds, anti-slip treatments (e.g. aggregate additives, seals), and waterproof finishes to prevent accidents and long-term damage.
Traffic Flow and Vehicle Usage
How busy will your food-safe workspace be? Will heavy or scratchy (e.g. nylon) tires be used to move items around? Is there more risk of impacts and scrapes due to heavy appliances, forklifts, or lifting and carrying?
If you’re outfitting a warehouse, production line, or busy transit corridor, select a self-smoothing, heavy-duty, or screed solution. Stronger, longer-lived resins help cut down your maintenance costs by preventing day-to-day degradation. Make sure to factor in any demarcation costs and paints (e.g. vehicle track lines, floor symbols and signs), too.
Temperature Extremes and Fluctuations
Cold rooms, outdoor spaces (e.g. storage areas), and hot workshops (and hot-cleaned rooms) need special consideration to ensure your resin floor resists changes in temperature without cracking or warping. Strong, multi-layered polyurethane (PUe) screeds generally offer better flooring protection for extreme environments.
The more your floor needs cleaning, the stronger your resin will need to be. Weaker resins will wear down quickly against intensive and frequent liquid washes. The cyclical wear-down effect will intensify with heavier cleaners and warmer mixes.
For a resin flooring solution configured to the needs and hygiene requirements of your facility, please get in touch with Central Flooring today for a free quote.