Everyone has heard that annoying tyre squeal noise coming from a car park at some point!
The friction of a car tyre rubbing against the smooth floor surface is the cause of this noise and it is often more evident when turning a corner or parking your car. For most this is a mild annoyance, however, for some car park operators, owners, visitors and local residents, this squeal can go beyond annoyance and into a disruptive and unpleasant situation.
The biggest culprit of the’squeal’ is highly sealed concrete surfaces. These act as a perfect platform to produce the loudest squeal as the car tyres have almost 100% contact with the surface.
In order to avoid this unpleasant sound disrupting your car park facility, it is recommended that a car park’s concrete finish is coated with an epoxy or polyurethane resin system which features a profiled finish.
This textured finish not only provides a safe platform underfoot for car park users, but it creates a profile that the tyres can grip and reduces the amount of flat surface contact the tyre has with the floor.
In order to achieve the right finish in your car park facility, it is important to speak to the experts as there are many factors to consider. Car park bays, driveways and ramps can all require different performance properties. Turning circle areas attract more wear than other areas, meaning they require a higher specification than straight driveways or car park bays. Ramps require a stronger profile which provides vehicle tyres with adequate grip.
If you are looking to transform your parking facility, contact the team at Flowcrete Australia, we can help tailor a car park flooring system to your specific project needs.