In this blog post, we’ll take a look at steps eight to ten in Flowcrete’s flooring specification roadmap, which offers expert advice on the importance of specifying the correct flooring system for your environment.
These crucial steps will help you to identify key points that should be considered, such as cleaning regimes, colour and demarcation and of course the cost of your floor!
Step 8. Cleaning
A floor will only perform if it is cleaned correctly and using the recommended techniques. If your environment requires regular cleaning with specific chemicals then high chemical resistance needs to be a performance quality of the flooring system you select. Floors with higher slip resistance will require more cleaning due to the abrasive nature of the floor. Retail stores may only be cleaned with a mop and a bucket as opposed to an industrial scrubber. The functionality of the facility will determine the cleaning requirements; the cleanability of the flooring system will determine the technique and tools required.
Step 9. Colour and Demarcation
Colour is often one of the first considerations for specifying a floor as the colour will compliment or detract from the overall aesthetic. Colour can be used to create or enhance mood and can also be used to highlight navigational walkways, hazardous areas or zones. However, it is important to consider the function of the facility. A brightly coloured floor may work well in a retail or commercial environment, but in a healthcare facility this could be considered distracting and cause confusion. Colour, if used correctly can enhance not just the visual but also the performance of your facility.
Step 10. Cost
Although often considered the most important element of specifying, the cost of your flooring system will be relative to the information assessed from steps 1-7. You can select a flooring system based on cost alone, but beware that it may not fulfil your needs. It is important to assess your requirements first. Selecting a floor that is not fit-for-purpose can cost you more in the long run.
For more information on specifying the right resin flooring for your project, contact your local Flowcrete office.