Flowcrete offers warehouse improvement from the ground up

  • 27 Feb 2019

One of the largest areas of concern for landlords when it comes to dilapidation, is the floor, but Flowcrete UK offers a solution.

The floor of a building is invariably the part of the building that has weathered the most use and abuse. Bringing a facility up to the standards expected by potential tenants is only half of the challenge, as the site should also meet the health and safety regulations relevant to its future use.

In storage areas, floor flatness requirements are critical, especially when dealing with high ceilinged spaces and tall shelving, where the safe operation of high-lifting equipment is paramount. Flat floors decrease vibration on forklift trucks, and so reduce the need for repairs and subsequent downtime. Health and safety are increased while the risk of damage to stock is decreased with a lower chance of racks collapsing as a result of uneven surfaces.

Flowcrete UK’s Flowcoat SF41 epoxy resin floor coating is especially popular in warehouse areas due to its ability to provide a robust, level platform that can withstand onsite challenges for an extended period of time whilst providing additional operational benefits.

Systems such as the cement-based, pump applied topping Flowscreed Industrial Top can be specified to work alongside an epoxy coating to create a level surface prior to the application of the resin. This build-up helps to further enhance the surface regularity, and by extension, the operational effectiveness of the entire floor area.

The ability to include customisable additives means that FeRFA Type 3 rated resin finishes such as Flowcoat SF41 will not only revitalise the floor’s surface but can also add valuable benefits to the site that could appeal to potential tenants.

For example, the levels of slip resistance can be tailored to specific areas of the space by varying the quantity and size of the aggregates that are incorporated into the resin material to provide extra traction underfoot precisely where it is required.

In addition, Flowshield SL can be used for more challenging locations due to its exceptionally hard wearing, self-smoothing resin floor finish is ideal for landlords who want to reduce the frequency of upgrade works as much as possible. Its dependable, colourful and multi-functional finish makes Flowshield SL suitable for even the most heavy-duty industrial environments. 

These epoxy systems can be complemented with thick polyurethane floors in areas where there is likely to be more heavy duty operations, such as in loading bays or areas where very heavy machinery will be placed.

Landlords and tenants can take advantage of the life cycle cost savings of resin floor solutions to minimise maintenance and refurbishment costs in the future. Thanks to the long lasting nature of systems such as Flowcoat SF41 and Flowshield SL, the initial outlay can be divided into many years of reliable service, meaning that costs are reduced over the long term when compared to cheaper but more failure prone alternatives.

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