Laboratories across the nation work around the clock on clinical trials and testing—and the coronavirus pandemic has placed additional pressures on their services.
Choosing the correct flooring for laboratories can support the efforts of the staff and help to maintain a controlled, contaminant-free environment. The flooring used in testing facilities needs to stand up to the rigors of harsh chemicals and detergents and provide a safe working space for employees.
What flooring systems are available for laboratories?
Many laboratory floors use vinyl, rubber, or ceramic tiles—all of which look great and will perform well for a few years. However, these flooring options do not provide long-term durability and have little resistance to chemicals.
Any tiled flooring material can harbor germs and bacteria, making most options a poor choice for a cleanroom, blood bank, or laboratory.
Epoxy flooring is different. It is a troweled-on, seamless flooring system with no joints or cracks, making it the best choice for any environment in which hygiene is paramount. Read on to discover the benefits of epoxy flooring for laboratories.
Chemical-resistant flooring systems for laboratories
Facility managers of laboratories need to choose a floor that can resist chemical exposure and does not degrade or sustain damage in the event of such exposure.
Everlast® Epoxy flooring offers unparalleled chemical resistance. It’s been tested with exposure to harsh chemicals that include aluminum hydroxide, potassium hydroxide, and potassium permanganate—and of which showed no signs of erosion or pitting after immersion in the chemicals for seven days. Read a full list of the chemicals our flooring has been tested with. Our epoxy flooring also has excellent chemical resistance to harsh detergents and disinfectants.
A flooring that withstands extreme temperatures
Everlast® Epoxy flooring can also withstand high temperatures (up to 158°F) because it absorbs and transfers heat, which means the floor can be hygienically steam cleaned without any causing any degradation in the surface.
Epoxy flooring can also withstand very cold temperatures without any adverse effect on its durability, making it the perfect choice for freezers or chiller areas in which test samples are stored.
Impede the growth of bacteria
Everlast® Epoxy flooring is designed to protect laboratory floors from bacteria-causing microorganisms. Our flooring system includes an integral EPA-registered antimicrobial component that impedes the growth of microorganisms.
Facility managers who choose Everlast® Epoxy flooring can feel confident that their floor will provide long-term protection from germs, yeast, actinomycetes, and mildew.
Some epoxy flooring systems only contain an antimicrobial component in the top layer. This can leave the floor vulnerable underneath, especially if sharp laboratory instruments are dropped and pierce the top layer. Our epoxy flooring, however, has an antimicrobial dispersion throughout every layer to give it additional protection against bacteria.
Slip resistant for staff safety
One of facility managers’ top priorities is keeping employees safe in potentially hazardous laboratory environments. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have revealed that slip, trip, and fall injuries account for 15% of all workplace-related injuries.
Everlast® Epoxy flooring can help keep your staff safe, as it has a non-slip textured finish. The surface is constructed with small marble chips for added slip resistance. Additional grit can also be added in the top glaze coat for increased slip resistance for laboratory floors.
Seamless floors and skirting
A seamless floor is a sanitary choice for a cleanroom or testing center. There are no joins to harbor microorganisms and, unlike tiles, epoxy flooring will not crack or lift, which minimizes trip hazards.
Any splits and cracks that occur on a tiled floor allow liquids to penetrate the substrate, making the area harder to clean and attractive to microbes.
The seamless nature of epoxy flooring means it can be applied up the walls to provide a coved area. This eliminates any vulnerability via gaps compared with other flooring systems and the skirting they use.
Choose Everlast® Epoxy floors for laboratories
Our durable, easy-to-clean epoxy flooring systems for laboratories offer a hygienic solution that provides ongoing safety, easy maintenance, and antimicrobial properties.
We understand that cleanrooms and laboratories have unique requirements, so contact our flooring specialists to discuss the best flooring solution for your facility.
If you are considering investing in a laboratory flooring system, epoxy resin is a cost-effective and long-lasting choice. Visit our website or contact us today for a free sample and a no-obligation quote.