Coated Floors and Thermal Shock: Why It Matters

Thermal shock is the term used to describe different parts of an object expanding at different rates due to rapid fluctuations in temperature.  When a floor is coated, ideally the coating becomes a part of the floor.  Since many coatings are made of materials other than concrete, (think epoxies and polyaspartics) they expand at different rates than concrete.  If your floor is subject to rapid temperature fluctuations, like what occurs when commercial kitchens hot pressure wash, or if hot grease were to spill, the wrong floor coating will fail.

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5 Benefits of Epoxy Quartz or Urethane Cement Floors for Commercial Kitchens

1: They are Seamless   Unlike traditional flooring choices or quarry tile which is common in commercial kitchens, epoxy and urethane cement floors are completely seamless.  They are poured on to the floor and spread across the surface.  There are no seams, grout lines or gaps that can get dirty or grow mold and mildew over time.  The materials are also somewhat flexible and can handle minor surface movement without the worry of cracks developing as is common with quarry tile.

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How to Choose the Best Flooring for Your Loading Dock

A loading dock can be one of the harshest environments for flooring in a commercial or industrial facility.  When you think about it, just about everything whether its raw materials or a large piece of equipment, it most likely passes through the loading dock.  The constant flow of a goods is usually accompanied by an often around the clock flow of forklifts, dolly traffic, truck drivers and dock worker who load and unload the shipments.  As if that weren’t enough, large bay doors that remain open can create thermal stress due to the temperature variance from inside to outside.  Extremely cold environments regularly use salt or de-icing agents which get brought in onto the floor surface.  Pallets can break, shipments can spill, and occasionally equipment can break and leak on the floor.  There really isn’t a surface regularly subjected to more abuse.

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