Elevating Food Manufacturing - Polyurethane Cement Flooring

Food manufacturing business hallway; polyurethane cement flooring.

 

In the high demand world of food manufacturing, where hygiene, durability, and safety reign supreme, every aspect of the production process must be carefully considered – including the flooring. Enter Polyurethane Cement Flooring Systems, a game-changer in the industry renowned for its myriad benefits.

 

Let's explore why Polyurethane Cement Flooring Systems are the ideal choice for food manufacturing facilities, how they withstand steam cleaning and chemical exposure, their ability to withstand the dramatic temperature changes in food facilities. 

 

 

Polyurethane Cement Flooring System: A Game-Changer 

Polyurethane Cement Flooring Systems are engineered to combine the durability of cement with the flexibility and resilience of polyurethane.

 

Designed for heavy-duty wear, it combines polyurethane with Portland cement, aggregates and other beneficial additives to build a highly functional resinous matrix. 

 

 

Why Polyurethane Cement Flooring is Beneficial to Food Manufacturing

 

  • Hygiene: In food manufacturing, maintaining impeccable hygiene is non-negotiable. Polyurethane Cement Flooring Systems boast a seamless, non-porous surface that resists bacterial growth and is easy to clean and sanitize, ensuring the highest standards of cleanliness. 

  • Durability: Polyurethane cement flooring systems are resistant to abrasion, impact, and heavy loads, making Them well-suited for the rigorous demands of food manufacturing facilities. They provide long-lasting performance and cost-effectiveness. 

  • Steam Cleaning: Polyurethane Cement Flooring Systems shine in environments where steam cleaning is routine. They can withstand high temperatures without cracking or delaminating, ensuring structural integrity even in the face of intense cleaning protocols. 

  • Chemical Resistance: From cleaning agents to food byproducts, food manufacturing facilities are exposed to a variety of chemicals. Polyurethane Cement Flooring Systems exhibit excellent resistance to chemicals, oils, and acids, minimizing the risk of damage and maintaining their integrity over time. 

 

 

Moisture Tolerance: Ideal for Green Concrete Applications 

Polyurethane Cement Flooring Systems are moisture-tolerant, making them ideal for applications on new concrete substrates in just 7 seven days. This is a huge benefit when the schedule is tight! 

 

 

Coves: Radius vs CANT 

Polyurethane cement coves are an essential component of seamless flooring systems, designed to provide a smooth transition between the floor and the wall, enhancing both aesthetics and functionality.  

 

Radius coves, characterized by their gently curved edges, offer a sleek and modern appearance while minimizing the accumulation of dirt and debris in hard-to-reach corners. These coves are meticulously crafted to seamlessly blend with the flooring, creating a hygienic and visually appealing environment ideal for industries such as food manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, and healthcare.  

 

On the other hand, cant coves feature a more angular design, providing a sharp transition between the floor and wall surfaces. Cant coves are favoured for their versatility and durability, offering robust protection against impact and ensuring easy maintenance in high-traffic areas. Whether it's radius or cant coves, polyurethane cement cove systems play a pivotal role in creating seamless and hygienic environments tailored to the unique needs of diverse industries. 

 

Polyurethane cement coves offer a range of benefits beyond aesthetics, including enhanced cleanliness, durability, and ease of maintenance. These coves provide a seamless transition between the floor and wall surfaces, eliminating the potential for dirt and bacteria buildup in hard-to-reach corners. By creating a smooth, impermeable seal, polyurethane cement coves contribute to a hygienic environment essential for industries where cleanliness is paramount.  

 

Additionally, the robust construction of polyurethane cement coves ensures resistance to impact and abrasion, prolonging the lifespan of the flooring system. Whether it's radius coves for a contemporary look or cant coves for added durability, polyurethane cement cove systems offer a versatile solution to meet the stringent demands of modern industrial and commercial spaces. 

 

 

The Importance of Top Coats for Protection 

While Polyurethane Cement Flooring Systems offer impressive durability on their own, the addition of top coats is crucial for enhancing protection and longevity. Top coats can provide an added layer of defence against UV Yellowing and degradation of the flooring. They also serve as a wear surface, reducing the risk of abrasion and extending the lifespan of the flooring system. Depending on the clients needs, budget, and overall schedule BNE is able to recommend the top coat that works for their clients. 

 

 

Elevating Food Manufacturing Standards 

Polyurethane Cement Flooring Systems are a game-changer in the food manufacturing industry, offering unparalleled hygiene, durability, and resistance to steam cleaning and chemicals. The ability for BNE to install Polyurethane cement flooring on new concrete makes it our first choice in when we are working in the food industry. 

 

With the addition of top coats, these flooring systems are fortified against UV yellowing and wear, ensuring they can withstand the rigors of the food manufacturing environment for years to come.  

 

By investing in Polyurethane Cement Flooring Systems, food manufacturers can elevate their standards, ensuring the highest levels of cleanliness, safety, and efficiency in their operations. 

 

Give BNE Concrete Floors & Coatings a call for more information on this or other floor options. 

 

 

 

Bryson Henderson at 10:00 AM
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Traffic Coating Regulations & Compliance

Parking garage with traffic coatings.

 

Concrete is an incredibly useful construction material – it can be used in a wide range of different applications. It is also quite strong and dependable, which is why concrete is often used for walkways, parking garages, and other areas that will see a high amount of traffic, both vehicular and pedestrian

 

However, high-traffic areas are also at an increased risk of damage due to their exposure to various elements, including debris brought in from the traffic itself, the weather and other outdoor elements, as well as moisture. The damage, which includes deterioration like erosion as well as cracks, is precisely why many developers and building owners apply a traffic coating to protect these areas. 

 

In this blog post, we will provide the detail you need to know about traffic coating, from the benefits it provides and when to use it, as well as the regulations surrounding its proper use.

 

At BNE, we improve the flooring experience. From placing and finishing the concrete through concrete surface preparation to epoxy floor and traffic coating, we have the knowledge, equipment, and skills to properly install the right type of flooring for any construction project. We leverage our position as an industry leader alongside cutting-edge technology to provide the client lasting flooring.  

 

Our clients seek us out because we are a single source providing concrete finishing, concrete polishing and resinous flooring. This saves them time, money, and the hassle of communicating their needs to various contractors. Do not hesitate to reach out to us for your next construction project. We are just one phone call or email away! 

 

 

What Are Traffic Coatings and Why Are They Important? 

Traffic coatings are protective materials applied to surfaces like parking decks, bridges, and other structures to enhance their durability and longevity, particularly in environments exposed to heavy vehicular traffic and harsh weather conditions.

 

One of the most significant benefits and purposes of traffic coatings is to protect the reinforcing steel bars (rebar) embedded within the concrete from the intrusion of chloride ions, commonly found in the form of salt, which can be carried into the concrete by water runoff from vehicles. Here's a breakdown of this important function: 

 

Corrosion Protection: Reinforcing steel bars (rebar) are commonly used within concrete structures to provide additional strength and structural integrity. However, steel is susceptible to corrosion when exposed to moisture and certain environmental elements. Chloride ions, such as those from salt, can accelerate the corrosion process when they penetrate the concrete and reach the rebar. 

 

Salt Intrusion: In Canada, where roads are treated with de-icing salts during winter months or where there is exposure to saltwater environments (such as coastal areas), chloride ions from salt can easily find their way into the concrete through cracks, joints, and pores in the surface. This is a significant concern because it can lead to premature deterioration of the concrete and structural issues over time. 

 

Traffic Coating as a Barrier: Traffic coatings act as a protective barrier on the concrete surface, preventing water, salt, and other harmful substances from infiltrating the concrete matrix. These coatings are typically applied in liquid form and can be elastomeric or polymeric in nature, providing a waterproof and chemically resistant layer. 

 

Long-Term Durability: By effectively sealing the concrete surface and shielding the embedded rebar from chloride ion intrusion, traffic coatings play a vital role in extending the lifespan of the concrete structure. This, in turn, reduces maintenance and repair costs over the long term. 

 

Safety: In addition to protecting the concrete and rebar, traffic coatings often have anti-slip properties to enhance safety for pedestrians and vehicles. They can also improve aesthetics and visibility by providing line striping and color options. 

 

Environmental Considerations: Preventing chloride ion intrusion helps mitigate the environmental impact of concrete corrosion, as it reduces the need for frequent repairs and replacements, which can be resource-intensive. 

 

 

Where Can Traffic Coatings be Used? 

Here are some areas where traffic coatings are typically used and considerations related to their application: 

 

Silane and Siloxanes 

Used on slab-on-grade or below-grade applications. These coatings are often employed to protect concrete surfaces that are in contact with the ground or submerged below it. 

 

Traffic Coatings 

Traffic coatings are applied on suspended slabs or elevated concrete surfaces. Designed to withstand vehicular and pedestrian traffic, these coatings are suitable for structures like parking garages, bridges, and decks. 

 

Waterproofing "Bathing Tub Effect" 

It's crucial to ensure that the traffic coating extends up the walls and columns by 100-150mm. This creates a proper waterproofing "bathing tub effect", preventing moisture from infiltrating through joints or gaps between the horizontal and vertical surfaces. 

 

Variation in Coating Thickness 

Traffic coatings can be applied in different thicknesses depending on the specific application: Heavy application is often necessary for areas with ramps and turning radius due to increased wear and tear. In contrast, thinner applications may be suitable for parking stalls where the traffic load is not as concentrated. 

 

Sloping for Proper Drainage 

Sloping of concrete floors is critical even before applying traffic coatings. During the concrete pouring phase, it's essential to ensure that the concrete has adequate slope to allow for proper water drainage. Conducting pond testing by flooding the floor and verifying that water runs to designated drains is an important step before applying the traffic coating. Proper drainage ensures that water does not pool on the surface, which can lead to moisture-related issues and damage over time. 

 

 

Types of Traffic Coatings 

Here are details on a few of the different types of traffic coatings available: 

 

Epoxy 

  • Epoxy traffic coatings offer: increased slip resistance, 

  • high durability (can withstand high amounts of traffic), and 

  • pleasing aesthetics. 

  • colour identification for traffic flow 

 

This material is quite rigid as well. 

 

Urethane 

A top coating of urethane is a popular option for traffic coatings. As a material, urethane offers:

 

  • superior UV protection 

  • improved chemical resistance 

  • significant waterproofing, 

  • slip resistance, and 

  • significant protection (long lifespan). 

 

This type of traffic coating does require maintenance, especially when it is exposed to heavy equipment like snow plows. 

 

PMMA and PUMA 

PMMA and PUMA refer to polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) and polyurethane methacrylate respectively. These materials are: 

 

  • quick drying (less downtime for high-traffic areas), 

  • pungent (must be applied in well-ventilated areas), 

  • can be applied at low temperatures, 

  • must be applied to dry surfaces (for proper concrete adherence), and 

  • require an exact mixture of chemicals. 

 

 

Where A Traffic Coating Is Necessary 

The installation of concrete in an outdoor or high traffic setting can often require a traffic coating. Some of the applications include: 

 

  • parking garages, 

  • stadiums and arenas, 

  • walkways, 

  • rooftop terraces, 

  • footbridges, 

  • parking decks and ramps, and 

  • plaza decks. 

 

Consultation with a professional is key to determining not only when a traffic coating is necessary, but also which type of coating would be most beneficial. However, common elements that are considered include whether the concrete will experience the following: 

 

  • abrasion from heavy traffic, 

  • oil and chemical spills, 

  • water damage, 

  • de-icing compounds and road salts in the winter, and 

  • the degree of exposure to weather (rain, snow, even UV rays). 

 

Each of the various types of traffic coating are suited to different situations – which is why these questions must be asked to zero in on what an individual project requires. 

 

Empty parking garage with yellow walls.

 

Benefits of Traffic Coatings

Now that we have a thorough understanding of precisely what a traffic coating is as well as the various types of coatings that are available, it is worth discussing exactly why applying a traffic coating is a good idea. 

 

Here are details on the top 5 most common benefits of traffic coatings

 

Waterproof 

In climates that experience a significant amount of rainfall, or those otherwise exposed to high amounts of water, the waterproofing traffic coating can provide is essential. The coating forms a protective barrier between the water and the underlying concrete, which means the water cannot erode the concrete. Thus, the coating provides structural damage protection

 

Increased Safety 

Traffic coatings can provide an anti-slip surface with increased traction for the underlying layer. With the anti-slip coating, the risk of slips and falls dramatically decreases, which is particularly helpful from a safety perspective in unpredictable or inclement weather conditions. In addition, vehicular traffic coatings can also improve visibility for drivers as they offer sources of reflecting light. 

 

Chemical Resistance 

Traffic coatings in industrial areas and parking garages offer an unparalleled benefit: resistance to chemicals. Some of the common chemicals the coatings are primed to resist include oils and road salts. The coating means they cannot penetrate down to the layer of concrete underneath easily, extending the life of the roadway

 

Easy To Maintain 

Traffic coatings do not require a significant amount of maintenance, and when they do need it, the coatings are quite easy to maintain. As a result, they do not need repairs as frequently and when they do, they do not tend to cost as much. 

 

Improved Aesthetics 

Without traffic coatings, all of the roadways, walkways, and similar surfaces would look the same and quite boring at that. However, traffic coatings offer improved aesthetics since they come in a variety of colours, finishes, and other customizations.  

 

 

Regulations for Traffic Coatings 

Applying a traffic coating is not as simple as just picking one and applying wherever is suitable. There are several regulations surrounding traffic coatings that must be considered for not only proper application, but safety as well. 

 

Here is the key information linked to the regulations for traffic coatings in Canada. Much of it stems from the Volatile Organic Compound Concentration Limits for Architectural Coatings Regulations, which apply to traffic coating: 

 

  • manufacturers,  

  • sellers,  

  • importers, and  

  • users. 

 

Storage and Delivery 

When it comes to the storage and delivery of traffic coating materials, there are 3 main regulatory elements. They are: 

 

  • delivery in unopened and original containers, 

  • storage of materials off the ground and protected from the elements (including heat, freezing temperatures, and rain) until they are needed for use, and 

  • condition the materials as specified by the manufacturer

 

It is also worth noting that the containers the traffic coating materials are delivered in must have the following information on it: 

 

  • Manufacturer name 

  • Product identification 

  • Labels 

  • Batch numbers 

 

VOC Concentration Limits 

Traffic marking (TM) coatings manufactured in Canada, or imported into the country, are subject to a VOC concentration limit. Specifically, traffic coatings must not contain more than 450 g/L of VOCs. It is forbidden to sell any coating that exceeds this limit. 

 

 

Call A Traffic Coating Professional 

When it comes to applying a concrete traffic coating, there are many reasons to do it. As discussed, these include: 

 

  • waterproof; 

  • protection against road salts, chemicals, and similar substances; 

  • ease of maintenance; and 

  • anti-slip surface providing increased safety to those walking or driving on it. 

 

Ultimately, a quality traffic coating protects the investment of the concrete surface underneath. Thus, although there is an upfront investment associated with the application of a waterproof traffic coating, it will dramatically extend the concrete’s lifespan and save on costs in the long run. 

 

At BNE, we improve the flooring experience. From concrete surface preparation and polished concrete to epoxy floor and traffic coating, we have the knowledge, equipment, and skills to properly install the right type of flooring for any construction project. We leverage our position as an industry leader alongside cutting-edge technology to provide the client lasting flooring.  

 

Our clients seek us out because we are a single source providing concrete finishing, polish, and epoxy. This saves them time, money, and the hassle of communicating their needs to various contractors. Do not hesitate to reach out to us for your next construction project. We are just one phone call or email away! 

 

 

 

Bryson Henderson at 10:00 AM
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Concrete Placement in Transit Infrastructure

Highway with multiple roads and a train riding through the central road

 

Without even realizing it, concrete is fundamental to our daily lives, forming the very foundation upon which our transportation systems rely.  

 

Whether it's the highways we drive on, the bridges we cross, or the tunnels we pass through, concrete ensures the safety, reliability, and longevity of these vital structures. 

 

Imagine a world where concrete isn't placed correctly – where bridges develop cracks, roads deteriorate rapidly, and transit systems face frequent disruptions. The consequences of subpar concrete placement are far-reaching, affecting not only the safety of commuters but also the financial burden of repairs and maintenance on governments and taxpayers. 

 

In this blog post, we will look into the critical aspects of concrete placement in transit infrastructure projects.  

 

At BNE, we are trusted experts in concrete finishing. We have the knowledge, equipment, and skills to properly install concrete for any type of project. We use industry-leading technology and expertise to provide the client with a concrete structure that will last. Our clients seek us out because we are a single source providing concrete finishing, polish and epoxy. This saves them time, money, and the hassle of communicating their needs to various contractors. Do not hesitate to reach out to us for your next construction project. We are just one phone call or email away! 

 

 

Best Practices for Concrete Placement 

While concrete might appear as a straightforward building material, its successful placement requires careful attention to detail. Adhering to best practices in concrete placement ensures that the roads and structures maintain their structural integrity. Properly placed concrete is less likely to develop cracks, weaknesses, or structural failures over time. 

 

Since proper placement can make all the difference, here are some best practices all individuals in the construction industry must adhere to: 

 

  • Safety: Best practices prioritize safety during the concrete placement process, reducing the risk of accidents or injuries to workers and the public. Properly placed concrete minimizes hazards associated with construction. 

  • Longevity: Concrete structures built following best practices tend to have a longer lifespan. They are better equipped to withstand environmental factors, wear and tear, and heavy traffic loads, reducing the frequency of repairs and maintenance. 

  • Cost Savings: By avoiding mistakes and issues associated with improper concrete placement, projects can save significant costs in the long run. Repairs and retrofitting due to placement errors can be expensive and time-consuming. 

  • Efficiency: Best practices streamline the concrete placement process, making it more efficient and reducing downtime. This helps keep construction projects on schedule and within budget. 

  • Environmental Impact: Proper concrete placement practices can also be more environmentally friendly. This includes using the right concrete mixtures and curing methods to reduce waste and energy consumption. 

 

Potential Consequences of Improper Concrete Placement 

  • Reduced Strength: Improperly placed concrete may not achieve its designed strength, compromising the overall structural integrity of the infrastructure. 

  • Cracking: Poorly placed concrete is more prone to cracking, which can lead to water infiltration, corrosion of reinforcement, and further deterioration. 

  • Safety Risks: Structural issues resulting from improper placement can pose safety risks to both construction workers and the public who use the infrastructure. 

  • Increased Maintenance: Infrastructure with placement issues requires more frequent maintenance and repairs, increasing long-term costs. 

  • Project Delays: Addressing placement-related problems can lead to project delays, impacting timelines and budgets. 

  • Legal and Liability Issues: If improper placement leads to accidents or structural failures, it can result in legal liabilities for construction companies and project stakeholders. 

 

 

Concrete Mix Design 

Choosing the right concrete mix for transit infrastructure influences the project's performance and lifespan.

 

The composition of the concrete mix should be meticulously tailored to meet specific project requirements, considering factors like desired strength levels to bear heavy loads, durability to withstand environmental conditions, and adaptability to weather conditions that can affect curing and setting times. 

 

 

Temperature Control and Curing 

The rate at which concrete cures and gains strength is highly dependent on temperature. Extreme temperatures, whether too hot or too cold, can negatively impact the quality and long-term performance of the concrete.  

 

  • Hot weather can cause rapid curing, leading to potential cracking and reduced strength  

  • Cold weather can slow down curing, potentially causing delayed setting times and lower early strength development

 

To ensure proper strength and durability, curing techniques are used immediately after concrete placement.  

 

These techniques typically involve keeping the concrete surface moist and at the right temperature for an extended period. This prevents moisture loss, allowing the concrete to fully hydrate and develop its intended strength and durability.  

 

Curing methods can include: 

  • Covering the concrete with wet burlap 

  • Applying curing compounds 

  • Using curing blankets and insulated enclosures, depending on the project's requirements and environmental conditions.  

 

Proper temperature control and curing are essential to maximize the performance and longevity of transit infrastructure elements constructed with concrete. 

 

 

Concrete Placement Methods 

There is more than one way to get the job done. The suitability of each concrete placement method depends on factors like project scope, access constraints, required finish quality, and environmental conditions.

 

Choosing the right method is critical to ensuring that concrete is placed efficiently and meets the specific needs of the transit infrastructure project. Here is a look at some of the most commonly used methods: 

 

Concrete being poured on levelled dirt outside.

 

  • Pouring: Traditional concrete pouring involves mixing concrete at the construction site and manually placing it into molds or formwork. It is a widely used method for various transit infrastructure projects, including roadways, bridge decks, and building foundations. It offers flexibility and control over placement but may be labour-intensive and slower for large-scale projects. 

  • Pumping: Concrete pumping utilizes specialized equipment to transport mixed concrete from a central location to the placement area through a network of pipes and hoses. This method is particularly useful for projects with challenging access points or when significant distances need to be covered, such as high-rise buildings or long-span bridges. 

  • Shotcrete: Shotcrete, or sprayed concrete, involves pneumatically projecting a pre-mixed or dry concrete mixture onto a surface using a high-velocity nozzle. It is commonly used for tunnel linings, retaining walls, and slope stabilization due to its adaptability to complex shapes and surfaces. Shotcrete provides excellent bonding and can be applied quickly, making it suitable for transit infrastructure projects requiring rapid construction. 

  • Precast Concrete: In this method, concrete elements are precast in a controlled environment, such as a factory, and then transported to the construction site for assembly. Precast elements like beams, columns, and panels are commonly used in transit infrastructure for their quality control, durability, and rapid installation. This method is suitable for various applications, including subway stations and parking structures. 

  • Slipforming: Slipforming is a continuous method where concrete is poured into a continuously moving formwork system, shaping structures like curbs, barriers, and parapets. It is efficient and suitable for projects requiring uniformity and long, linear elements, such as highway barriers and traffic dividers. 

  • Self-Consolidating Concrete (SCC): SCC is a mix design that flows easily and consolidates under its weight without the need for mechanical vibration. It is suitable for complex and densely reinforced transit infrastructure elements, such as columns and bridge piers, where traditional placement methods might be challenging. 

  • Tremie Concrete Placement: Tremie pouring involves using a vertical pipe to place concrete underwater, commonly used in the construction of underwater foundations, bridge piers, and marine structures. It prevents segregation of aggregates and ensures proper consolidation. 

 

 

Common Challenges 

There are always a number of challenges to navigate in the construction industry. Here are some of the most common when placing concrete.  

 

  • Time Sensitivity: Transit infrastructure projects often have tight timelines. The rapid setting of concrete in hot weather or delayed setting in cold weather can pose challenges to proper placement and finishing. 

  • Traffic Interruptions: On transportation projects, such as road and bridge construction, traffic management is essential. Concrete placement needs to be coordinated to minimize disruptions to commuters. 

  • Weather Variability: Weather conditions, including extreme temperatures, rain, or humidity, can affect the concrete placement process and compromise the quality of the finished product. 

  • Concrete Mix Consistency: Achieving consistent concrete mix properties on large-scale projects can be challenging, leading to variations in strength, durability, and workability. 

  • Complex Structures: Projects involving intricate structural designs or unusual shapes may require specialized concrete placement methods to ensure uniformity and structural integrity. 

 

 

Quality Control 

Quality control measures in concrete placement involve ensuring that the concrete meets the specified standards, both in terms of its composition and placement conditions. This includes verifying the concrete mix design, monitoring the temperature, slump, and consistency of the fresh concrete, and conducting regular tests for factors like air content and compressive strength to maintain consistency and compliance with project requirements.  

 

Throughout the placement process, quality control requires diligent monitoring and testing to identify and address any deviations or issues promptly. What is most important is ensuring that the final product meets the required standards for strength, durability, and performance in transit infrastructure projects. 

 

At BNE, we are trusted experts in concrete finishing. We have the knowledge, equipment, and skills to properly install concrete for any type of project. We use industry-leading technology and expertise to provide the client with a concrete structure that will last. Our clients seek us out because we are a single source providing concrete finishing, polish and epoxy. This saves them time, money, and the hassle of communicating their needs to various contractors. Do not hesitate to reach out to us for your next construction project. We are just one phone call or email away! 

 

 

 

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Epoxy Flooring for Automotive Shops

Automotive shop, close-up of a red car with flooring and other cars in the background.

 

Picture this: a busy automotive shop filled with skilled mechanics working diligently on cars, with tools clanging and engines roaring. Now, beneath all this organized chaos lies a critical but often unnoticed element that plays a pivotal role in the success of any automotive workshop – the flooring.

 

In the past decade, auto dealerships have transitioned from dingy, uninviting service areas to well-lit, aesthetically pleasing spaces for both customers and mechanics. With the increasing demand for skilled mechanics, it's essential to provide them with a bright, clean, and safe working environment. This shift has led to the adoption of light-reflective epoxy and resinous flooring, prioritizing the well-being and efficiency of the mechanics.

 

The choice of flooring material in automotive workshops is a decision that can impact productivity, safety, and the overall efficiency of your operations. Whether you run a bustling repair shop, a custom auto body garage, or a tire service centre, the type of flooring you choose can make a world of difference in how smoothly your day-to-day operations run.

 

In this blog post, we're going to learn why epoxy floorings are the ideal solution for automotive shops. From durability to safety and everything in between, we'll explore why having the right flooring in your workshop is not just a matter of aesthetics but a fundamental necessity.

 

At BNE, we are trusted experts in concrete finishing. We have the knowledge, equipment, and skills to properly install concrete for any type of project. We use industry-leading technology and expertise to provide the client with a concrete structure that will last. Our clients seek us out because we are a single source providing concrete finishing, polish and epoxy. This saves them time, money, and the hassle of communicating their needs to various contractors. Do not hesitate to reach out to us for your next construction project. We are just one phone call or email away!

 

 

Why The Flooring Choice Matters

An automotive shop’s flooring is a foundational element of its operation. It must endure the weight of heavy vehicles, withstand chemical spills, and provide a secure and comfortable workspace for mechanics.

 

The right flooring choice can streamline workflow, diminish maintenance expenses, and elevate safety standards, making it an essential consideration for any automotive shop owner.

 

However, automotive shops face distinct challenges, including rapid wear and tear, leading to structural issues and safety concerns. These problems are exacerbated by frequent occurrences of chemical spills, oil leaks, and grease buildup.

 

This results in the need for ongoing maintenance that can be both time-consuming and costly, diverting resources from core automotive services.

 

Epoxy floorings are the optimal solution to these challenges. Engineered to bear the substantial loads of vehicles, resist chemical damage, and offer a durable, smooth surface, epoxy flooring is tailored to meet the daily demands of an automotive shop.

 

Its seamless design minimizes tripping hazards and simplifies cleaning, ensuring a safer and more efficient working environment. By selecting epoxy floorings, shop owners can notably reduce flooring wear and tear, enhance safety, and realize long-term savings on maintenance expenses.

 

 

Benefits of Epoxy Flooring

 

Durability and Longevity

Epoxy floorings are renowned for their exceptional durability. They can withstand heavy loads, including the weight of vehicles and equipment, without cracking or breaking. Concrete floorings have a long lifespan, making them a cost-effective investment for automotive shops.

 

Resistance to Heavy Equipment and Chemicals

Epoxy floorings are highly resistant to the wear and tear caused by heavy automotive equipment, such as vehicle lifts and jacks. They are also resistant to the chemicals commonly used in automotive maintenance, such as oils, lubricants, and solvents.

 

Easy Maintenance and Cleaning

Concrete floorings are relatively easy to maintain, requiring minimal upkeep. Regular cleaning with mild detergents and water is usually sufficient to keep them in good condition. The smooth, seamless surface of epoxy floorings makes sweeping debris and spills easy.

 

Enhanced Safety Features

Concrete floorings can be customized to include anti-slip additives or coatings, enhancing safety in the automotive shop. The absence of seams or grout lines reduces tripping hazards and creates a safer working environment for mechanics. They are fire-resistant and don't emit harmful fumes, contributing to overall shop safety.

 

Cost-Effectiveness in the Long Run

While the initial installation cost of epoxy floorings may be higher than some alternatives, they offer substantial long-term cost savings. Their durability means fewer repairs and replacements, reducing maintenance expenses over time. The resistance to chemicals and stains also minimizes the need for costly flooring treatments or coatings.

 

 

Types of Epoxy Flooring

Each type of epoxy flooring has unique characteristics and advantages, allowing automotive shop owners to choose the one that best suits their needs and preferences.

 

Overview of an automotive shop with large windows and shiny, epoxy flooring.

 

Let’s explore a few.

  • Traditional Concrete: Traditional concrete floorings are a straightforward and cost-effective choice. They are poured on-site, smoothed, and finished to create a solid, durable surface. While simple, they offer excellent strength and durability, making them suitable for many automotive shops. If you’re using traditional concrete, the use of a densifier and/or concrete sealer is important.

  • Epoxy Coatings: Epoxy coatings are applied over existing concrete floorings. They consist of epoxy resin and a hardener that creates a seamless, glossy surface. Epoxy coatings are known for their chemical resistance, making them suitable for automotive shops where spills are common. They can be customized with various colours and textures.

  • UV Epoxy Coatings: UV epoxy coatings in automotive shops provide protection to the floorings and surfaces from the harsh conditions commonly encountered in these environments. These coatings not only offer excellent resistance to UV radiation but also enhance the overall durability, chemical resistance, and aesthetic appeal of the flooring.

  • Polished Concrete: Polished concrete involves grinding the surface of the concrete to create a smooth, glossy finish. This process not only enhances aesthetics but also improves the flooring's durability. Polished concrete is easy to clean and maintain, making it a popular choice for automotive shops. If you’re using polished concrete, the use of a densifier and/or concrete sealer is important.

 

 

How To Choose the Right Epoxy Flooring

Before selecting an epoxy flooring, carefully assess your shop's requirements and priorities. Consider the types of vehicles serviced, the equipment used, and the areas where the flooring will be installed.

 

Factors to Consider When Selecting the Flooring Type

  • Purpose: Determine the primary purpose of the area where the flooring will be installed. For example, service bays may have different requirements than customer waiting areas.

  • Durability: Consider the expected wear and tear, including heavy equipment and vehicle traffic.

  • Chemical Resistance: If your shop deals with oil, grease, or chemicals, prioritize flooring options that offer chemical resistance.

  • Aesthetics: Think about the appearance you want for your shop, as different flooring types offer various design options.

  • Safety: Assess the importance of safety features, such as slip and fire resistance.

  • Budget: Determine your budget for both the initial installation and long-term maintenance, as some options may have higher upfront costs but lower maintenance costs.

 

The Importance of Professional Installation

Regardless of the type of epoxy flooring you choose, professional installation is crucial.

 

Skilled installers have the expertise to prepare the substrate, apply the flooring correctly, and ensure it meets safety standards. Professional installation minimizes the risk of issues like cracks, uneven surfaces, or adhesion problems. It also helps ensure that the chosen flooring type performs as intended and has a longer lifespan.

 

At BNE, we are trusted experts in concrete finishing. We have the knowledge, equipment, and skills to properly install concrete for any type of project. We use industry-leading technology and expertise to provide the client with a concrete structure that will last. Our clients seek us out because we are a single source providing concrete finishing, polish and epoxy. This saves them time, money and the hassle of communicating their needs to various contractors. Do not hesitate to reach out to us for your next construction project. We are just one phone call or email away!

 

 

 

Bryson Henderson at 9:00 AM
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Epoxy Floor Coatings for Hospitals and Healthcare Facilities

Hospital hallway, bright lights reflecting off of shiny epoxy floor coating.

 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), on any given day in the United States, about one in 31 hospital patients contracts a healthcare-associated infection (HAI). In Canada, the statistic is 1 in 9 patients, according to the Provincial Infection Control Network of British Columbia (PICNet). HAIs are infections that patients get while receiving treatment for separate medical or surgical conditions that initially brought them in.

 

These numbers are alarming.

 

Ensuring the utmost cleanliness and hygiene standards within hospitals and healthcare establishments is an absolute imperative. The health and safety of patients, staff, and visitors are dependent on an environment free of contaminants and pathogens.

 

Beyond aesthetics, clean floors play a pivotal role in eliminating cross-contamination, safeguarding immunocompromised patients, and ensuring the safety of the healthcare ecosystem. Epoxy coatings, characterized by their seamless and impermeable nature, create an unwelcoming environment for germ spread.

 

Their resistance to chemicals enables the utilization of disinfectants without compromising the floor's structural integrity. Epoxy-coated floors provide remarkable durability, withstanding constant foot traffic, heavy machinery, and rigorous cleaning protocols existing in the healthcare industry.

 

In today’s blog post, we will share more information about epoxy floor coatings, maintenance and cleaning tips and lastly, factors to consider while implementing them.

 

At BNE, we are trusted experts in epoxy flooring. We have the knowledge, equipment, and skills to properly install concrete for any type of project. We use industry-leading technology and expertise to provide the client with a concrete structure that will last. Our clients seek us out because we are a single source in providing concrete finishing, polish and epoxy floor systems. This saves them time, money and the hassle of communicating their needs to various contractors. Do not hesitate to reach out to us for your next hospital or healthcare construction project. We are just one phone call or email away!

 

 

Understanding Epoxy Floor Coatings

Before further exploring the relationship between epoxy floor coatings and healthcare facilities, let's take a moment to understand what epoxy floor coatings actually are.

 

Epoxy coatings are a type of high-performance surface finish that is created by mixing epoxy resin with a hardening agent. The resulting chemical reaction produces a tough, durable, and seamless layer that adheres tightly to the underlying concrete substrate. Epoxy coatings are known for their exceptional strength, resistance to chemicals and abrasion, and ability to provide a smooth, non-porous surface.

 

 

Benefits of Epoxy Floor Coatings in Healthcare

Epoxy floor coatings offer a range of distinct advantages that make them particularly well-suited for healthcare environments, where cleanliness and hygiene are all-time high concerns.

 

  • Impermeable Barrier: Epoxy coatings establish a seamless and impermeable surface, crucial in healthcare settings to prevent liquids, chemicals, and contaminants from permeating the flooring material, averting moisture accumulation that could otherwise foster mold growth, bacterial spread, and unpleasant odours.
  • Antimicrobial Properties: Many epoxy coatings are designed with antimicrobial agents infused into the material. This feature actively stops the growth and reproduction of bacteria, viruses, and other microorganisms.
  • Easy to Clean and Maintain: Epoxy-coated floors are exceptionally easy to clean due to their smooth and non-porous surface. Spills, stains, and contaminants can be swiftly wiped away without leaving residues. This ease of cleaning significantly reduces the risk of pathogens lingering on the floor's surface and promotes efficient infection control practices.
  • Chemical Resistance: Healthcare facilities often use a variety of cleaning agents and disinfectants to maintain hygiene. Epoxy coatings have a strong resistance to chemicals, ensuring that harsh cleaning agents can be used without compromising the integrity of the flooring.
  • Durability and Longevity: Healthcare facilities experience high foot traffic, the movement of heavy equipment, and constant cleaning regimens. Epoxy-coated floors are exceptionally durable and can withstand the demands of such environments. Their longevity translates to fewer disruptions for maintenance and replacements, saving time and costs in the long run.
  • Enhanced Light Reflection: Epoxy coatings typically have a high-gloss finish that reflects light effectively. This not only brightens up spaces but also improves visibility. In healthcare settings, where precision is vital, well-lit environments aid in accurate procedures and reduce the risk of accidents.
  • Hygienic Appearance: Epoxy-coated floors present a uniform and attractive surface that is visually appealing. A clean and well-maintained appearance not only uplifts the overall ambiance of the healthcare facility but also fosters a sense of trust and confidence among patients and visitors.

 

 

Maintenance and Easy Cleaning

Epoxy-coated floors have gained immense popularity in healthcare environments not only for their durability and hygiene benefits but also for their remarkably easy maintenance and cleaning.

 

Bright, open hospital room with 4 beds.

 

Here’s how:

 

Seamless and Non-Porous Surface

Epoxy-coated floors feature a seamless and non-porous surface, leaving no room for dirt, liquids, or contaminants to penetrate or accumulate. This eliminates the need for labour-intensive scrubbing and extensive cleaning processes, as debris can be easily wiped or swept away.

 

Spill Resistance

Spills are a common occurrence in healthcare facilities, ranging from water and liquids to harsh chemicals. Epoxy coatings provide a protective barrier that prevents these substances from seeping into the flooring, allowing for quick cleanup without staining or damaging the floor's integrity.

 

Swift Wiping and Mopping

Cleaning epoxy-coated floors involves simple wiping or mopping with mild cleaning solutions. The non-absorbent nature of epoxy prevents liquids from being absorbed, making cleanup swift and efficient.

 

Enhanced Disinfection

Epoxy-coated floors are compatible with a wide range of disinfectants and cleaning agents commonly used in healthcare settings. The impermeable nature of the coating ensures that disinfectants effectively eliminate pathogens on the surface, contributing to infection control protocols.

 

Reduced Downtime

Traditional flooring materials often require extended drying periods after cleaning, causing disruptions in healthcare operations. Epoxy-coated floors, on the other hand, have rapid drying times due to their non-absorbent nature.

 

Seamless Joints and Grout Lines

Unlike some other flooring options that have joints or grout lines where dirt and microbes can accumulate, epoxy-coated floors provide a seamless and smooth surface.

 

Stain Resistance

Epoxy coatings are highly stain-resistant, meaning that even stubborn substances like ink, blood, or chemicals can be wiped away without leaving permanent marks.

 

 

Compatibility with Healthcare Regulations

Epoxy floor coatings align seamlessly with Canadian healthcare regulations, addressing infection control through their impermeable nature, which prevents the accumulation of pathogens and cross-contamination. They satisfy cleanability and sanitation standards with their smooth, non-absorbent surfaces, facilitating efficient cleaning and compliance with hygiene requirements.

 

 Epoxy coatings' chemical resistance adheres to regulations that specify approved disinfectants, enabling effective sanitization without compromising floor integrity. The approval of the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) and adherence to Health Canada guidelines assure healthcare facilities of their adherence to recognized safety standards. Epoxy coatings also contribute to environmental sustainability, as low VOC options support Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification aspirations for healthcare facilities prioritizing indoor air quality.

 

 

Factors to Consider in Implementation

Choosing and implementing epoxy floor coatings in healthcare facilities requires careful consideration of various factors to ensure the effectiveness, longevity, and suitability of the flooring solution.

 

Here are a few to keep in mind:

 

  • Type of Healthcare Facility: Different healthcare facilities have distinct requirements. A hospital's flooring needs may differ from those of a clinic or a long-term care facility. Consider the facility's purpose, patient volume, and specialized areas like operating rooms, patient rooms, corridors, and labs. Each space may have unique hygiene, safety, and traffic demands that influence the choice of epoxy coating.
  • Foot Traffic and Usage: Foot traffic within healthcare facilities is often constant and heavy. High-traffic areas require epoxy coatings with superior durability to withstand the stress of continuous movement, rolling equipment, and heavy loads. Evaluate the expected traffic patterns to select coatings that can handle the wear and tear specific to each area.
  • Hygiene Requirements: Different healthcare settings have varying hygiene standards. Areas like surgical suites demand higher levels of sterility than administrative spaces. Epoxy coatings should align with the hygiene requirements of each area, including ease of cleaning, resistance to chemicals, and antimicrobial properties.
  • Maintenance and Cleaning: The ease of maintenance is crucial in healthcare settings where rapid sanitation is essential. Choose epoxy coatings that allow for quick and efficient cleaning without compromising on hygiene. Consider how often the floors need cleaning, the types of cleaning agents used, and the ease of removing stains or spills.
  • Safety and Slip Resistance: Healthcare settings need to prioritize safety to prevent slips and falls. Look for epoxy coatings that offer adequate slip resistance, particularly in areas that might be prone to spills or water exposure. Balancing safety with the ease of cleaning is essential.
  • Budget and Long-Term Cost: Consider the budget available for flooring installation and maintenance. While epoxy coatings might have an upfront cost, they offer long-term savings due to their durability and minimal maintenance requirements. It's essential to strike a balance between quality and budget constraints.
  • Environmental Considerations: Some healthcare facilities prioritize environmental sustainability. Low VOC or solvent-free epoxy coatings can be chosen to support eco-friendly initiatives, such as achieving LEED certification.
  • Installation Timelines: Healthcare facilities often have strict schedules and limited downtime. Coordinate the installation of epoxy coatings to minimize disruptions to patient care and daily operations.

 

 

Final Thoughts

We hope that by reading this blog post, you better understand how epoxy floor coatings promote hygiene and infection control in healthcare settings through their seamless, impermeable design that prevents contamination risks. These coatings stop moisture accumulation, mold growth, and bacterial proliferation, ensuring compliance with strict healthcare standards for patient safety and a sterile environment.

 

Nurse smiling at patient in wheelchair.

 

At BNE, we are trusted experts in concrete finishing. We have the knowledge, equipment, and skills to properly install concrete for any type of project. We use industry-leading technology and expertise to provide the client with a concrete structure that will last. Our clients seek us out because we are a single source in providing concrete finishing, polish and epoxy. This saves them time, money and the hassle of communicating their needs to various contractors. Do not hesitate to reach out to us for your next hospital or healthcare construction project. We are just one phone call or email away!

 

 

 

BNE Administrator at 10:00 AM
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