Commercial Floor Coatings – Safety

Floor coatings can be used in residential, commercial and industrial settings. Whether you are covering a concrete outdoor patio in your home or your garage to help avoid corrosion or applying epoxy floor coatings to your warehouse for protection against heavy machinery, the purpose of a floor coating is to provide a protective layer to the surface of the floor. Floor coatings are particularly useful in areas of expected heavy surface wear and tear. Floor coatings are not only beneficial in protecting against high traffic areas, but they also provide effective forms of safety implementation in the workplace .   

Flooring traffic will be higher than normal in a commercial or industrial setting. This could be from foot traffic in a retail environment, or vehicular traffic in a manufacturing environment. Increased traffic equals increased risk of accidents if you do not take proper precautions. Aside from proper slip resistant floor testing standards for polished floors, there are not really any rules and regulations when it comes to flooring safety. This means it is the responsibility of each business to enforce safety precautions within their business, and floor coatings can be the answer. 

Proper floor coatings can extend the life of your flooring and minimize accidents. Spills, slips & falls and more can be caused by improper flooring as well as lead to a quicker than necessary deterioration. Other uses for commercial floor coatings include but are not limited to marking traffic aisles, directing traffic flow, defining areas (by color for example) within a facility, creating slip resistant surfaces, protecting machinery, and more. 

Epoxy Floor Coatings

Popular floor coatings in the commercial industry and an industrial painting service provided by JMA Painters are epoxy floor coatings. Epoxy floor coatings are most commonly used in industrial and commercial settings. They include hardeners that create a very thick, tough, durable floor coating finish. Epoxy floor coatings make for easy maintenance and are resistant to just about anything including harsh chemicals, stains, and heavy foot traffic. Epoxy can also withstand extreme temperatures and are non toxic. 

The other industrial floor coating used by JMA is Polyurethane. Polyurethane floor coatings are pretty similar to epoxy floor coatings. Both protect the base material of your floor’s surface but Polyurethane offers more aesthetic options that make it a popular choice for certain industries. Some aesthetic options include color options, glossy and matte finishes and clear coats. Polyurethane floor coatings are scratch resistant, mix well with slip aggregates, and are excellent in high humidity environments (which is always great news for Louisiana residents).

Information on commercial and industrial floor coatings can be difficult to find, much less interpret. There are lots of options to choose from and your selection should match your need so it is important to approach both your commercial paint contractor and your paint from a functional level. If you are not sure where to start or if you are looking for a commercial or industrial paint contractor, contact JMA Painters for a free quote today. 

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