A Look Into the Creating Process of Non-Skid Flooring
Warehouse and factory work settings receive a great deal of tread throughout the workday. But with frequent slips and spills interfering with production, floors can quickly become hazardous. From pools to garage floors, non-skid flooring is an absolute necessity. Whether you’re looking to coat the floor of a commercial establishment or your personal residence, these non-skid coating techniques will deliver a durable finish for secure footing.
Fifty percent of all facility accidents are attributed to under-prepared flooring. These accidents can cost companies copious amounts of cash in liability claims. To avoid painful injuries and inconvenient employee costs, make sure your flooring is coated correctly. Non-skid flooring will keep your workers safe and give you the peace of mind that your organization’s bustling schedule will run as smoothly as possible. The professionals at Kramer Industries are experts in non-skid flooring applications. We’ve outlined the basics of the creation process to give our clients a look into the professional world of finishing.
Preparation of the floor surface is critical. Understanding how heavy a surface profile you need for the best adhesion of the coating is necessary. Work with your coating supplier to know this important information.
Floor prep can be done in a few different ways. We recommend blasting the floor with either Steel Shot, Aluminum Oxide Grit, or KramBlast Crushed Glass Grit will provide the most efficient and economical results. Once the required surface profile is known, we can help identify the appropriate abrasive media.
The coating with the non-skid abrasive is applied generally in two different ways. One way is to blend the grit into the coating and then apply it to the floor. This method requires a coating that is either thick enough so the ‘solids’ don’t sink or a process that keeps the grit properly suspended in the coating.
The second application method involves applying the coating, then broadcast grit onto the coating while still tacky. This requires you to complete smaller sections at a time, but often provides a more controlled process and more even results. A thinner top coating is then applied to lock the particles into the coating.
The selection of grit to be used requires an understanding of the type of traffic on the floor (i.e., equipment vs. foot traffic), the thickness of the coating to be put down, the needed durability of the grit itself, as well as other site-specific issues that could be relevant. Understanding your requirements will help us in an abrasive grit recommendation to get the most durable and effective non-skid floor.
Kramer Industries are experts in surface finishing techniques. As experts in the finishing industry, we’re highly skilled in helping get the optimal non-skid floor result. Reach out to our team today to inquire about your non-skid flooring needs.