Industrial floor: judge the quality correctly

Industrial flooring is not the same as industrial flooring. Qualitatively there are - according to the diverse and often different requirements - great differences. What quality criteria can generally apply to industrial floors can be found in this post.

Requirements for industrial floors

Industrial floors are used in areas where they are exposed to high loads. These loads can be different in nature:

  • mechanical loads
  • pressure loads
  • chemical or occasionally also thermal loads
  • Contamination with microorganisms that should be easy and completely removable (hygiene)

Depending on the specific application area, industrial floor coverings must therefore be able to withstand different special loads. The most important quality criteria that apply to practically all industrial floors are therefore briefly discussed here.

Compressive strength

Industrial floors often have to withstand high pressures. This can for example be the case in a high-bay warehouse. In addition, but also in the constant driving on forklifts, which are loaded with heavy loads.

Compressive strength can be expressed in N / cm² and indicates the maximum force that can act on a given area. In some cases the older unit kp / cm² (kilopond) is used. 1 kp corresponds to around 9.8 N.

abrasion resistance

The abrasion resistance, however, represents the resistance of the soil against rubbing loads. It is often referred to as abrasion resistance. The measurement and measurement is not uniform in industrial floors, but usually one uses the unit cm³ per cm² for the degree of abrasion.

Values ​​of less than 5 cm³ / cm² are considered to be good values, and particularly abrasion-resistant floors also have values ​​of less than 3 cm³ / cm².

curing

In business life, time is mostly money. The rapid curing of a floor covering or a coating is therefore often regarded as a quality factor for the covering.

High-quality rubbers in this sense can be walked on after just 12 hours and often reach their full capacity after just 48 hours. For other coverings curing takes a little longer.

durability

For reasons of economy and sustainability, an industrial floor should last as long as possible without sacrificing quality. The durability of a coating is also determined by the abrasion resistance.

Resistance to chemical substances

Industrial floors should generally be insensitive to chemicals, including acids or alkalis. The durability requirements may be higher in some areas (chemical industry) than in others. Resistance to contamination should also be as high as possible.

Easy cleaning, low maintenance

Industrial floors should be easy to clean, and require little care.

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