How often do you think about the floor in your office, facility, or commercial property? We’re betting the answer is ‘hardly ever’. That is until something goes wrong, leaving your business exposed to costly downtime while you figure out how to repair or replace the failed flooring.
Many commercial floors are not designed to withstand the constant rigors of a busy facility - but how are you supposed to know which ones are hard-wearing enough to cope? From tiles and carpets to rubberized floors and polished concrete, it can be a minefield to understand which will stand up to everything your organization throws at it.
But can any flooring match up to the expectations of heavy commercial use? And, what situations must you avoid to prevent damage to your floor? Read on to discover five ways to ruin your commercial floor - and how Everlast® Epoxy can overcome the issue.
Fat, grease, and oil spillages
We’ve spoken to countless managers of food production kitchens, restaurants, and auto shops with flooring damaged by grease and oils. Fats can seep through the flooring layers and cause bad odors, bacteria, and damage to the substrate - all of which can cause the lifting or bubbling of tiles or rubber flooring surfaces.
Not only will this look unsightly and unprofessional, but it can also make the surface slippery and uneven - and keeping your staff, customers, and visitors safe is the top priority of any successful business.
Everlast® Epoxy is a seamless flooring solution, so any liquids can be wiped away. There are no weak points in joints where fats can seep into the floor and cause deterioration. Plus, to minimize the risk of slips our floor has a textured finish providing increased skid resistance.
A build-up of microorganisms and bacteria
However diligent your cleaning routine is, there is no way to stop your floors from exposure to microorganisms. Bacteria, debris, and microbes can be blown in through open doors and windows or tracked by dirty shoes through corridors and waiting rooms.
One of the fastest ways to ruin your commercial floor is to allow a build-up of microorganisms - but that is much easier said than done. If your floor has even small gouges or chips it can provide a haven for microorganisms, leaving the underside of the floor unprotected and allowing germs to thrive.
Many floors claim to have antimicrobial properties - but beware - as urethane, rubber, and epoxy are not naturally antimicrobial materials. Although some manufacturers place a thin antimicrobial sealant over the top, it will only protect the floor while that layer is intact.
At Everlast® Epoxy, we’ve incorporated an EPA-registered antimicrobial component through every layer of the resin, protecting your floor from microorganisms that can spread infection or cause nasty odors, leaving your floors hygienically clean.
Using harsh chemicals and detergents
Many industries, including laboratories and garages, use harsh contaminants daily. But constant exposure to chemicals, detergents, acids, and alkalis can cause many floors to pit, erode, or deteriorate.
Our durable flooring can withstand long-term exposure to degreasers, chemicals and detergents. We can say this with confidence as we test our floors to their limits, with a seven-day saturation in strong chemicals such as hydraulic fluid, potassium hydroxide, sodium carbonate motor oils, and over twenty more substances to ensure it performs even in the harshest of environments.
An insect infestation
Insects, bugs, and rodents can all ruin your floor - and your reputation. We don’t know of many public facilities that receive positive reviews after the pest exterminators are called in!
Insects love the dark, damp crevices in floors, and a damaged surface is an ideal breeding ground for bugs.
To help avoid a bug invasion Everlast® Epoxy resin is troweled onto the floor to form a vulcanized bond with the substrate, eliminating any potential cracks for bugs - or the need to call in the bug control team.
Sunlight and UV rays
Your floors should enhance the ambience of your facility - not detract from it. In sunlit rooms, carpet, vinyl and tiles can all quickly fade from exposure to UV rays and daylight, causing the flooring to look neglected and shabby.
By installing a high-quality epoxy floor you can minimize the risk of fading. And that can make or break the vital first impression that customers form of your business when they step through the door.
Not only are our floors vibrant - there is also a choice of over 50 shades and the ability to add designs and logos so your premises will look attractive and unique while maintaining their long-lasting sheen and color.
Choose Everlast® Epoxy flooring
Are you looking to install a new floor, or replace a failed commercial floor with a durable alternative that doesn’t crack and is safe, sanitary, and good-looking? Then contact our friendly Everlast® Epoxy team to discover the full range of commercial flooring options and request your FREE commercial samples.