Industrial Flooring Maintenance Comparison: Concrete Vs. Engineered Wood
When deciding on a new industrial flooring system, organizations have some difficult choices to make. Do they stick with the familiar or try something newer? Do they prioritize cost-savings, ergonomics, or the expected installation time frame? The reality is that when you opt for the right industrial engineered flooring panels, you don't have to choose between those must-haves; they're all included in the benefits.
But what about maintenance? After all, ease of cleaning is one of the four key factors that drive the floor protection industry. There's good news there, too. Certain engineered wood flooring systems require less overall maintenance, too. In today's post, we'll compare maintenance concerns between these two types of industrial flooring systems.
Maintenance for Industrial Concrete Flooring
Let's start with the material many organizations are accustomed to: concrete. While you may assume that concrete can withstand any load, the reality is that it's actually prone to cracking under the pressure (literally). Concrete floors tend to develop cracks due to normal wear and tear, as well as from the weight of heavy machinery. When you work in an industrial setting, there's no way around those concerns. That means that, at some point, your organization will have to deal with holes, cracks, spalls, and other flooring damage if you have concrete floors.
Unfortunately, repairing these issues is not as simple as you might think. Concrete flooring repairs are frequently performed improperly, which can cause even more problems down the line. For example, if you fail to fill the cracks as directed, the cracks will come back later on. If concrete is too thin at the edges, it's probably going to break. And you have to be careful about the materials you use to fix the cracks to ensure you won't jeopardize the quality of the rest of the floor.
Even if your concrete floor has yet to show any cracks, the general maintenance can be a lot to handle. Spills need to be cleaned up immediately to avoid discoloration. Plus, unless the concrete is sealed the floor is typically dusty for the first 6 months, so you will need to sweep the floor at least once a day, if not multiple times per day. There are also cleaning tools you cannot use with concrete floors, such as fiber and wire brushes or even dark-colored scrubbing pads as well as certain cleaning solvents.
It may seem like choosing an industrial concrete floor is the easy solution. But as the maintenance recommendations alone show, appearances can be deceiving. Let's discuss the durability and required maintenance for mezzanine industrial flooring systems made of engineered wood next, specifically we will discuss ResinDek®.
Maintenance for Engineered Wood Mezzanine Floor Systems
Like all other industrial flooring systems, ResinDek engineered wood mezzanine floor panels do need to be installed and maintained properly to avoid problems. ResinDek floor panels are built to last and are extremely strong. However, cracks or holes can occur if load weight recommendations are not followed. These damages may be repaired, but some need to be replaced completely. That may sound like a drawback to some, but these occurrences are quite rare (much more so than concrete cracks) and replacing an engineered floor panel is much easier to replace than concrete.
Regular maintenance of ResinDek engineered wood flooring material is fairly straightforward. The surface can be cleaned with a damp mop or even cleaning solvents without fear of damage. That said, you must avoid using methylene chloride, paint thinners, and excessive water to clean your ResinDek flooring, as these can cause damage. But as long as you follow the recommendations for cleaning and maintenance from the floor manufacturer, you should not have a problem.
Choosing the right industrial flooring system may seem like a daunting task. But when you really compare the options, the decision is clear. To find out more, contact us today.
Posted on December 10, 2018