Most businesses and industries have their unique set of problems, whether it’s financial, regulatory, or seasonal. Because we are in the flooring business, we hear many horror stories from owners and managers on how their current floor has failed them, and in some cases, caused them significant financial damage because they failed to meet regulatory requirements and receiving heavy fines. When it comes to flooring for correctional facilities… it’s a whole other beast!
In fact, I can’t think of any other industry that has to deal with many dangerous, violent individuals on a daily basis...
...that have to worry about whether the people installing their prison flooring are potentially smuggling in dangerous substances…
… or weapons!
It’s no secret that prison staff have challenges managing their population and preventing the convicts from hurting, or even killing, each other, where anything can be turned into a sharp object.
When it comes to flooring material like tiles, they are already sharp and dangerous when broken or when cut pieces and shards are grabbed by people that have no intention of gluing it onto a floor.
Correctional Facilities Face Heavy Regulatory Standards
Jail floors need to meet certain minimum safety and health standards, both for the inmates, staff and visitors.
And after talking to many correctional facility managers, they’ve almost all mentioned the following challenges when it comes to their prison floors;
- They are hard to clean, or in some cases, impossible to clean them up, such as tile floors in kitchen areas
- Slip resistant problems, especially in shower and kitchen areas
- Bacteria and pathogen control, often a problem in overpopulated prison wings
- Difficult to install due to closing down wings, vetting installation crews, and preventing sharp tools and material from being stolen by inmates
- Flooring for jails need to be 100% non-weaponizable. If inmates can turn broken or torn-up pieces of the floor into weapons, like broken tiles, the staff and inmates are going to suffer
- Having the budget to hire a installation crew
Given these challenges, it’s no wonder many of our correctional facility customers are stressing out about which flooring solution will actually work for their prison floors AND not require the floors to be reinstalled or fixed every few years.
You see, an Everlast® Epoxy’s flooring solution exceeds health and safety standards while also being simple to install… and inmates can’t weaponize the material!
Easy To Clean
- A smooth finish with a slip-resistant texture built in through the marble chips. This means that the floor doesn’t allow dirt to stick to the floor and you can clean it with a deck brush and squeegee
- Easy to clean bathrooms and showers
- Great for kitchens. Any fats, oils, or other materials that are often dropped onto the floor in kitchens won’t be absorbed
- Because it’s a federal or state institution, prison facilities have stricter requirements. Our Everlast® Floor system goes way above the normal requirements. We’re approved for food service by the FDA, in fact, the FDA even has some of our Everlast® Epoxy floors in their own facilities
- Important in the shower and kitchen areas - constant grease and water on the correctional facility flooring will make it dangerous for those walking around
- Our customer base of correctional facilities even use our flooring material to go up the walls - sometimes 6-8 feet to protect the walls from moisture and bacteria growth
Bacteria And Pathogen Control
- Unfortunately, some prisons are overcrowded. They have 2-3 inmates in each cell. - Double Ceiling - Triple Ceiling - and bacteria has a higher chance to grow and spread disease in a smaller area
- Traditional prison cell flooring, like tile and rubber, will accumulate bacteria and start to smell bad due to cracks in grout and seams opening up. This doesn’t happen with Everlast® Epoxy floors because we are a seamless system... the bacteria has no place to grow. We also include an antimicrobial component that goes all the way through our system, it’s not just a thin top coat like almost all other flooring systems have
Easy To Install Or Repair With Inmates
- Many of our prison facility customers have had their own inmates install our flooring system, even up walls as high as 6-8 feet
- Budget is always a concern with correctional facilities. That’s why it’s great to use our system because you can have your inmates watch an installation video and then imitate the procedure. Even using unskilled or trained labor does not affect the quality of an Everlast® Epoxy floor because they are so easy to install and we offer great instructional videos online
- It's easy to repair. It’s seamless and when you patch it with our material, it bonds to the older surface and it doesn’t leave a seam between old and new. So it maintains its waterproof and antimicrobial abilities
- With tile, you need to have so many different tools including wet saws and cutting knives. With Everlast® Floor, you just need a few buckets, a mixing machine, and a trowel. If you can follow basic instructions, you can install a Everlast® Floor
Impossible To Turn It Into A Weapon - Prison Safety Flooring
- With tile, it can easily be turned into a weapon. A broken tile has very sharp edges and it can even be pointy enough to stab someone with and cause major damage
- It’s impossible to use Everlast® Floor as a weapon because it becomes a part of the substrate. It cannot be chipped off and used as a weapon, like you can do with a tile because the thinset used to glue it down is not strong enough to hold a tile in place if someone wants to pop it off the floor. Everlast® Epoxy floors are a non-weaponizable flooring option used by many of our prison facility customers
Everlast® Epoxy floors are simply immune to things like water, grease, oils, and other harmful materials that often damage other basic types of flooring like tile and rubber.
Which is why many of our prison customers have had zero problems with their Everlast® Floor, even years after installing them.
Because, let's face it, no business wants to always redo their floors often.
This is especially true with prison facilities. It takes a lot of time and money, and it can cause disruption within the prison population if they need to be moved to another location.
Lock Down Your Prison Floor Permanently
Although our material costs more than competing flooring material like tile and rubber, we easily bridge that cost gap when you factor in how quick and easy it is to install our system.
- You don’t have to remove the older flooring material
- You don’t have to spend time prepping the surface
- You are not required to hire skilled installers
And, of course, we aren’t even talking about the cost of having to redo your floor again in a few years’ time.
Everlast® Epoxy floors can be a permanent solution for your correctional flooring needs without breaking your budget.
We here at Everlast® Epoxy firmly believe that we have the right solution for your needs. We can confidently say this because many of our past clients have been small, medium and even mega-jails.
However, we understand you have many questions before making your decision. Why not give us a call and talk to one of our friendly floor experts today? Our experts understand flooring for prisons.
Are you searching for a flooring solution for your prison facility? Give us a call at 800-708-9870 and have one of our floor experts recommend what options are available for you and your budget.
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