The condition of your business’ floors affects not only the safety of your environment, but also its cleanliness and professional appearance. This week’s blog discusses the various types of floor coatings you can apply to achieve a more sustainable and easily maintained flooring. Our team members have seen businesses use their logo within their flooring or walls and cover it with a clear coat, as well as using blends and metallic flecks to create a drastically new look. Many of these products have do-it-yourself versions, but we suggest trusting a professional team to install and maintain this flooring investment.
Used typically in commercial environments, epoxy provides a durable coating to concrete floors and can also be used on walls and ceilings. Businesses have found that this material can be applied quickly, is easy to clean, and resists most chemicals.
Acrylic (Also Known as Wax Finish)
Acrylic finish is a versatile floor coating that can be applied to wood, stone, ceramic and most often vinyl or (VCT) flooring. Acrylic finishes come in many formulations that are designated by the percentage of solid of which each is comprised. The percentage of solid dictates the softness or hardness of the finish which ultimately leads to the level of maintenance required. Some acrylics are hard and stand up to scuffing, while other are softer and perform better with periodic buffing.
Polyurethane or Urethane
Polyurethane was first developed during World War II as a substitute for rubber. This material creates a strong barrier on top of the flooring that can deter rain, dirt, and other debris. Popular uses include wood, metal, and plastic, and it can have various other applications.
If you are worried about the safety of your environment, there are a variety of anti-slip coatings available. These can be used on indoor and outdoor tiles, marble, concrete, and more to help reduce the risk to customers and employees.
If you have a porous material on your floors and walls, even small amounts of moisture can cause mold, bacteria, fungi, etc. to grow. Adding a protective coating will stop this growth, which will create a healthier environment for employees and a longer-lasting environment with less strenuous maintenance requirements.
Floor coatings are a simple, affordable way for businesses to upgrade their environment. Each of these floor coating types brings different benefits, and all of them are easily applied, durable, and affordable. If you are seeking a professional team to help you install and maintain this type of flooring, contact us today.