The use of concrete floors can help your Tampa FL company save money, protect its workers and help the environment at the same time. This is often true whether you are having the floors installed from scratch or are simply refinishing the ones that already exist.
A Layer of Concrete Likely Exists Under Carpet or Laminate Floors
There is a good chance that you’ll find that surfaces that are currently covered in carpet or laminate are supported by a base layer of concrete. This means that you won’t have to pay as much for materials when it comes time to refinish floors that are in need of an upgrade. Instead, the folks at Shepard Contractors in Tampa FL will simply repair any parts of a floor that are in disrepair, seal it and let it dry. In a matter of hours, you’ll have a surface that looks great and can protect against slips and falls.
How Can Resurfacing a Concrete Floor Keep Workers Safe?
A basic concrete surface is extremely easy to paint, which means that you can create designated areas for workers, machines and items that need to be stored safely. In addition to providing industrial floor coating services, we are also an industrial painting contractor. Therefore, we can take care of all of your floor design needs in a timely, professional and affordable manner.
An epoxy coating can prevent oil, grease or other slippery liquids from being absorbed into the floor. Therefore, you can completely clean a surface that people walk on after a spill occurs. In most cases, epoxy can be polished, which can make a floor look nicer without putting your workers in danger.
You can also choose to cover a warehouse, factory or other type of industrial floor with materials that have anti-skid properties. This can be ideal if your workers typically walk around the building in shoes that are covered with mud, leaves or other debris. Finally, it may be possible to use materials that help to minimize the growth and spread of microbes.
Cleaner Floors Can Result in a Cleaner Environment
Over time, oil, grease and other materials that seep into a concrete floor could contaminate the air that your workers breathe. There is also a chance that these materials leak into the ground outside of your building. Once a harmful chemical has made its way outside, there is a risk that it might find its way into the town’s water supply. In addition to making people sick, contaminated water can be harmful to natural wildlife. Therefore, it is critical that you take steps to ensure that your property isn’t negatively impacting the local ecosystem.
Concrete Can Last for Decades
When properly cared for, your new floor should last for at least 30 years. During this time, it is unlikely to crack, chip or pit, which can further minimize the risk of a workplace injury. Therefore, it’s likely that you’ll be able to recoup the higher cost of hiring a professional contractor to do the job.
Should the Entire Floor Be Resurfaced?
The answer to this question will depend largely on your budget, safety record and other factors that are unique to your situation. If you have a limited budget, it may not be feasible to resurface more than a small portion of your building’s floors. Furthermore, if you notice that accidents seem to be limited to one part of the structure, it may be best to focus on upgrading that section of your commercial property.
How Much Prep Work Is Involved?
Ideally, a concrete surface will be cleaned before any work is done to it. This helps to ensure that paint, epoxy or other materials that are applied to it will be able to properly adhere to that surface. Cleaning a surface can also rid it of any imperfections that might be visible after it is painted or sealed.
If a floor is cracked, crumbling or otherwise damaged, it will likely need extensive work before it can be upgraded. In some cases, it may need to be replaced with fresh concrete. In addition to potentially increasing the scope of a project, it will typically increase the cost as well. However, if damage is not repaired properly, you will likely need to have the floor repaired again in the future.
What Happens If the Floor Plan Changes in the Future?
It may be best to hold off on a concrete resurfacing project if you have reason to believe that your floor plan will change in the next several months. However, there may be safeguards that can be put into place to protect any investment that you have already made into your building’s floors.
For instance, it may be possible to use temporary coverings to ensure that a section that wasn’t originally designed to have heavy foot traffic suddenly becomes the main entrance to a busy work area. The industrial painting contractor that you hire to complete the project may be able to provide additional insight. If you’re looking to improve the look and feel of your building, call the commercial painting professionals at Shepard Contractors today. During an initial consultation, we can provide insight into how long your project will take, how much it will cost and the types of materials that we’ll likely use. Our company is fully licensed, fully insured and hires trained professionals who can work in most types of environments. These characteristics allow us to provide quality service and ensure that our customers are 100% satisfied with the work that we do.