Warehouse Flooring Options for Fulfillment Centers
Updated: Jul 2
Distribution and fulfillment centers used for warehousing merchandise are the hottest commercial real estate in the country.
Over the past five years we have seen an explosion of large square footage buildings in the New York and New Jersey markets.
This is directly correlated with our evolving consumer market and demand of next-day shipping options provided by Amazon, Wayfair and other large online retailers.
High Demand Equals High Costs
Knowing this, the commercial real estate market has put a premium on the cost of new warehouse spaces, and the overall condition of the corresponding epoxy flooring system.
The high-demand has also created opportunities to repurpose and revitalize older buildings for the same use. We have seen factories, manufacturing plants, and retail stores knock walls down and refurbish the existing space to accommodate for rack systems and daily forklift traffic.
The warehouse and distribution market is synonymous with speed and consistency of deliveries. This includes limiting loss of product, minimizing downed equipment, employee safety, and easy to identify floor plans.
How do investors and new facility owners prepare themselves for transforming an older building and how can an epoxy flooring contractor help meet the above outlined goals?
From repairing floors where walls are demolished to filling years of damage, there are products designed to meet your flooring repair needs. Having experience in the warehouse flooring industry, epoxy flooring contractors know their clients' goals and will specify an industrial strength, two-coat seamless flooring system.
The first coat typically consists of a high-solid epoxy resin to both build a wear surface and fill imperfections from years of use. Epoxy flooring allows installers the ability to pour a floor over badly abused surfaces filling in the depressions left from previous abuses and impacts.
What Happens Next?
After applying an epoxy coating system, an aliphatic urethane is typically installed to offer a scratch and abrasion resistant topcoat.
Specifically, urethanes are best for avoiding tire transfer from forklift traffic and staining while maintaining sheen.
Material providers estimate that a urethane topcoat will offer an epoxy flooring system up to four times the life of a standard epoxy.
Specific Options For Specific Needs
Your epoxy flooring contractor may provide options for your specific needs. This might include a chemical resistant epoxy for your battery charging stations, a fast cure system to get an aisle back into service overnight, or even a one coat system to act as a dust-proofer.
Other add-ons can be included, such as line striping to delineate pedestrian and forklift traffic or egress walkways. Custom textures are also available to include additional anti-slip properties or a totally smooth surface to accommodate a conveyor or automated system.
Warehouse and distribution facilities keep up with hundreds of thousands of orders, picking and packing items and pallets on a daily basis. Not losing time when installing your seamless flooring system is paramount to any facility.
Maintaining or refurbishing an existing warehouse floor will allow your staff to stay on task, while minimizing equipment and flooring repairs. This will also help to maximize production and consistency of your process.
At this project in Brooklyn, NY that is pictured to the left, we were brought in for the specific purpose of creating a seamless and durable flooring system capable of withstanding heavy forklift traffic.
What made this project so unique was the fact that each of the previous tenants' spaces existing floors were constructed of different building materials. One area was brick, the next a concrete slab, and the last had a Belgium block border.
With over thirty years of experience in the seamless flooring industry, High Performance Systems used multiple products to restore the pre-existing surfaces prior to installing the warehouse epoxy flooring system described above.
High Performance Systems specializes in retrofitting existing spaces for our clients specific purposes. Beyond servicing the warehouse and distribution markets we offer production shut down services and have a vast catalog of case studies for all markets where epoxy flooring is needed.