Many companies consider protective coatings to prevent deterioration of concrete floors. This is because this type of floor tends to reveal a little more than it should overtime. Fossilcote limited has outlined four factors to help you if your concrete floor is starting to show its age by ensuring you’ll get the longest life possible from your new coating.
- What is the activity in the area?
There are a few factors to be considered when selecting a proper; product, thickness, and application method to accommodate your unique environment. These are;
- Type of coating
- Type of machines used
- The area temperature
All of these factors: temperature (room temperature, and operational temperature), traffic, and exposure to chemicals play a very important role in the type of coating to be considered.
- What is the condition of the concrete?
What is the degree of corrosion in your space?
- Smooth concrete – Has no visible aggregate showing, may have small cracks
- Small aggregate – Some rock is exposed
- Large aggregate – Large rock is exposed
To achieve best results, areas with cracks and small or large aggregate exposed must be prefilled before the coating system is applied. It may take some extra time and material, but proper preparation will ensure a longer coating life.
When is the area available for downtime?
Time will be needed for surface preparations, installation of the coating, and cure time. Therefore, try to plan your installation for a time when the coating can have the longest time to cure. This is because the longer it has to cure, the tougher and more resilient it becomes.
Consult your installer about what time is best for you. Coatings can be installed during the week if the space can be shut down during that time, during planned shutdowns, weekends, or over a holiday.
- Is the floor properly draining?
A good installer will be able to pitch or build up your floor to ensure proper drainage and remedy potential slip and fall areas. Oftentimes when an installer sees your floor for the first time it is completely dry. Be sure to mark or point out these areas.
All of these things are important to think about when preparing to resurface a floor. But perhaps one of the most important things to consider is hiring the right team to do the job. Surface preparation, proper coating selection and expert installation are the most important factors to guarantee a long-lasting floor. Choose Fossilcote limited with years of experience, and references to back up their work as an installer and you won’t regret. For more information on our products or services, call us on +254797 367745 or +254 020 2004177 or visit our website.