Coating a concrete floor not only makes it look at whole lot better, as discussed in our previous post (Looks Better), it can add another dimension to its functionality. With the help of coatings, a floor can play an active role in making life easier, safer and more efficient for those using it.
No more concrete flooring slip-ups
The most common example of the type of thing is the anti-slip coating. As everyone knows, many accidents in a workplace environment are caused by slips, trips and falls, and companies have a lot to gain by safeguarding their employees. Coatings are a very popular choice in this pursuit for a number of reasons, however their ability to cater for the full spectrum of anti-slip demands is perhaps the standout; for example, the degree of anti-slip required in an abattoir will be vastly different to the area surrounding a swimming pool.
Visibility is also a highlight
With sure footing taken care of, coating a concrete floor will also improve safety by enhancing visibility and even communicating instructions to workers. Bright line marking and colour coding clearly defining steps, thoroughfares, danger zones etc. are universal features on workshop floors for that very purpose. The visibility benefits also extend to the quick detection of spills and other slip hazards. A spill that has been partially soaked up by dirty, dull concrete flooring will be much harder to deal with than one sitting on top of an impermeable, easy-to-clean surface.
A bit of comfort, please!
It may come as a surprise to some to hear comfort thrown into this mix as well, however it’s a very real thing. Ask any factory worker who’s on their feet all day in the middle of winter and they’ll tell you a coated concrete floor can make a big difference to the draught chill factor. They’ll also probably tell you that putting down a coating, even a plain, solid colour, has brightened the workplace considerably. Best of all, they’ll probably be happier and more productive because of these things!
If you have any questions about safety and comfort of concrete floors, please don’t hesitate to contact me.