What You Need to Know About Concrete Resurfacing of Your Warehouse Floors
A coated concrete floor is a popular choice when resurfacing a warehouse. It provides a smooth, flat floor that resists foot, pallet jack and forklift traffic, as well as water penetration. Industrial concrete floors require little maintenance and, when properly installed, can provide decades of reliable service.
If you’re considering having your industrial or warehouse concrete floor repaired, you should:
- Start with a clean surface: Any dirt, debris or old, broken cement can affect the thickness and durability of your new floor once it dries. To avoid cracks and weak areas in your new concrete floor resurfacing, do a thorough job of cleaning the area before you pour your floor.
- Prepare your surface: Depending on the nature of your existing floor or surface, preparation may be required. This can include leveling the area to allow for a consistent concrete thickness to be applied. It may also involve reinforcing footings, drains and other features in your floor that need to be strong enough to support the added weight.
- Follow the instruction closely: No matter which concrete brand or type you’re using to resurface your warehouse floor, you need to follow the instructions closely. Always mix to the correct ratios and apply accordingly. Make sure the temperature in your warehouse is well within the specified range for optimal flow and curing times. Don’t use your floor until it’s completely dry.
- Scuff the surface: For industrial purposes, you might require a rough surface. This provides better grip and adhesion, especially if the floor gets wet. Choose an industrial floor scuffing machine to guarantee the best surface result.
- Apply a coating: The key to a long-lasting industrial concrete floor is applying the right coating. Coatings not only make it easier to clean dirt and scuff marks, but they also help create a waterproof barrier. Keeping water out of your concrete floor will help it last longer and avoid cracking.
A concrete floor is a high-value solution for warehouses and other large industrial and commercial spaces where another floor type would be cost-prohibitive. It’s relatively easy for a qualified contractor to pour concrete and it makes for a suitable base for installing your warehouse racks, barriers, and equipment. A concrete floor also resists wear from numerous types of traffic and provides good traction in wet or dry conditions.
At Houck, we have years of experience pouring and repairing warehouse concrete floors. If you need help choosing the right type of concrete floor or determining what repairs need to be done before resurfacing, contact our team for a comprehensive estimate.