The Most Common Reasons Why Your Flooring System Fails
One of the most common concerns of customers who are looking to have a floor installed in their facility is whether or not it will fail once the project is completed.
Flooring failure is quite common in the commercial flooring industry, since heavy wear and tear can cause flooring systems to break down faster than usual. However, there are steps your commercial contractor can take in order to ensure that your floor lasts for a long time and that it does not fail.
Prior to hiring a flooring contractor, it is important to understand why floors fail, and how you can prevent that from happening in your facility. Keep reading to find out the most common reasons for flooring system failures and how to overcome them.
Poor Surface Preparation
Preparing the concrete substrate is probably the most important thing you can do in order to ensure your epoxy floor properly adheres to the surface.
Oftentimes, many DIY installers attempt to skip this step in order to save time, or they simply
clean the surface prior to installation, and think that is enough.
This is a vital mistake, because cleaning a concrete floor is in no way comparable to proper surface preparation.
In order to properly prepare the surface, you must hire a resinous flooring expert to grind or shot-blast the concrete substrate prior to installing your epoxy floor.
When it comes to installing floors, it is imperative that you hire an expert to complete the process. It may seem more economical to try to install the floor yourself, however, in the
long run you will be better off with an expert.
When inexperienced people attempt to install epoxy floors, things can go bad quickly.
Without proper substrate preparation, and without the knowledge of chemical adhesions properties, you run the risk of installing a floor that will immediately fail.
In commercial settings, this can be catastrophic, as more downtime means less revenue. If you install a floor that immediately fails, you will have to remove that floor entirely and hire a resinous flooring expert to install one properly.
Many times, flooring systems can fail quickly due to improper maintenance and cleaning techniques. This happens a lot of times because facility managers are unaware of the
harmful effect some cleaning solutions have on their floors.
Some chemicals found in cleaning solutions can have detrimental effects on epoxy floors, concrete, and as other flooring systems. These chemicals can lessen the adhesive properties of these floors
Common culprits that can damage floors are acidic cleaners, high-PH chemicals, and soiled water. Soiled water, which is oftentimes used during mopping, can penetrate the adhesive floors and can cause mold to grow underneath.
Over time, this can produce mold growth, which can rapidly cause flooring failure. It is vital to discuss proper cleaning and maintenance procedures with your resinous flooring expert prior to installation.
Moisture In The Concrete Substrate
Moisture in the concrete substrate upon which your flooring system is installed can be a huge problem.
Once again, this issue is fairly common, and unless you are properly versed in the mechanical workings of concrete it can be hard to tell if you will encounter this issue. That is why a resinous flooring expert should be contacted, in order to assess your substrate prior to installation.
Having a substrate that contains too much moisture can lead to a variety of issues, and can ultimately lead to system failure.
Normal Wear And Tear
Most of the previously mentioned reasons for system failure can be prevented by taking preparative steps. However, epoxy floors can still fail, even if you’ve taken the necessary steps to stop it.
One of the things that can cause failure, which is not preventable, is normal wear and tear.
Especially in commercial settings, floors have to withstand a lot of machinery traffic, and oftentimes heavy foot traffic as well.
All of these things combined can cause your epoxy floor to crack, peel, or delaminate more quickly than usual.
Unfortunately, this type of flooring failure is not preventable, however, it can be stopped before it gets to an ultimate failure.
If you notice any small bubbles forming, or any slight peeling, it is imperative that you contact a resinous flooring expert, such as High Performance Systems Corporation, immediately.
They will be able to assess the damage that has been caused and they can help to save your epoxy floor before it fails.