The average age of an education facility in the United States is 42 years.* This means that most schools have welcomed thousands of pupils through their doors over the past four decades—and that’s a lot of wear and tear, abuse, and dirt and debris for the floor to have coped with.
Many schools are at the stage where facility managers need to seriously consider upgrades and improvements to keep the campus safe and accessible. To ensure any renovation project is a success, it’s wise to start from the floor up.
So whether you are responsible for organizing a replacement flooring system or are researching floors for a brand new school, read on to discover why you should consider installing epoxy floors in education facilities.
Ideal flooring for all areas of your facility
School and colleges are more than just classrooms. They also feature kitchens, locker rooms, bathrooms and plenty of corridors, all of which demand a durable and long-lasting flooring solution.
Everlast® Epoxy flooring is designed to be used in virtually any surface of your school, including:
- Science laboratories
- Pool areas
Our floors are resistant to harsh chemicals, making them a smart choice for science labs where experiments take place. When you use Everlast® Epoxy, your facility’s floor will have excellent resistance to many acids and alkalis, fats, and salt and will show no signs of pitting or deterioration.
If you’ve been patching up the science lab flooring for years and are concerned that it’s not performing or becoming cracked and unsafe, then it’s time to consider a chemical-resistant epoxy floor replacement.
In wet areas, such as locker rooms, pool areas, and even the main lobby on a rainy day, an epoxy resin floor provides a slip-resistant surface for staff, students, and visitors to your campus. The secret lies in the textured finish of our floors, as we use small, natural marble stones to create a coarse surface that provides grip even when wet.
In dry areas, such as classrooms, the natural texture of the floor will help to prevent accidents, and for constantly wet areas, we provide an additive to the glaze coat of the floor that gives excellent fall and skid protection even under very wet conditions.
Safe, hygienic, and healthy flooring for schools
In older facilities, it’s unlikely that the flooring will be protected from germs and bacteria, and in a postpandemic world, providing students with a sanitary, safe learning environment is a key priority for educators.
Unlike traditional flooring options, such as the tiles and carpet that are often found in aging schools, Everlast® Epoxy floors provide a smooth, seamless finish that does not allow microorganisms to penetrate through to the substrate and cause damage. Plus, as there are no cracks or joints to harbor dirt and germs, your floors won’t emit any nasty odors either.
For further floor protection, our resin floors all contain an EPA-registered antimicrobial component designed to restrict the spread of microorganisms, including fungi, yeasts, and bacteria like E. coli and salmonella.
Cleaning an epoxy resin floor is a breeze too. Our Everlast® Floor Care daily cleaning solution is tough on dirt and bacteria and contains Vital Oxide, which is EPA-approved against coronavirus.
Simply spread the cleaning solution onto the floor, leave it to work its magic, and then rinse it down the drain with the aid of a squeegee. No need for buffing, polishing, or scrubbing, which saves your janitorial staff time and energy as well.
Need to replace a failed school floor quickly?
Closing an educational facility to replace a failed floor disrupts the school community. Often, classes need to be cancelled as the fumes from flooring installations that use adhesives are overpowering—and many floors need to cure for two or three days before they can cope with foot traffic.
We don’t want any student to miss out on their education, so we’ve developed an odorless floor – even during installation. Classes won’t be compromised, as our resin contains no solvents that emit harmful vapors as it cures, which means there is no need to close the school.
Curing time is very fast too. In fact, our Everlast® Overnight Floor is an alternative epoxy resin formula that is designed to cure and be ready for foot traffic in just 6 hours. The following night, simply apply the glaze coat to further protect the surface—no need to disrupt the school day.
Need advice on replacing floors in education facilities?
If you have any questions and would like to speak to one of our flooring specialists, call the team at (800) 708-9870 for free, no-obligation advice. If you’d like to see and feel the quality of our flooring for yourself, request a sample online.
We’re here to make replacing and installing a sanitary and durable school flooring system fast, easy, and hassle-free.