The floor of your warehouse or business takes a beating. From temperature changes to supporting special machinery, your floors are important to your business's ultimate success. When assessing whether your floors should be your next project, ask yourself some telling questions.Does the temperature in your facility change frequently from cold to hot, or hot to cold? Is your facility a manufacturing or production facility?
If so, it's important that you protect your floors from imminent damage by using specialty coatings. One specialty coating to strongly consider is thermal shock-resistant coatings.
What are Shock-Resistant Coatings?
You might be wondering what thermal shock-resistant coatings are. To begin, let's go over what thermal shock is. According to Corrosionpedia thermal shock is "a variation in temperature which causes tension in a material. It frequently causes breakage in the material, and is most common in brittle materials such as ceramics.”
Now that you know what thermal shock is, let us now go over the definition of thermal shock resistance. Again, according to Corrosionpedia: “A material that is thermal shock resistant has the ability to resist rapid and sudden changes in temperature.”
If you have a flooring system that is being taken from one extreme temperature to another, it is essential that you install a thermal shock resistant coating to handle this kind of tension.
Some of these coatings can withstand extreme temperature variations - from above two hundred forty degrees to three hundred thirty degrees below zero!
Some thermal shock-resistant coatings can have an even wider range than that! Speaking with an experience industrial painting contractor is recommended in situations such as these.
For a good example, think of modern cookware. Many cookware dishes today are covered in a porcelain enamel, that gives it the strength to go from a cool temperature to extreme heat. Not only does porcelain enamel help to protect metal from getting damaged, but it also beautifies the product.
Even though we are talking about an entirely different form of substrate, the kind of shock resistant properties that will go over commercial or industrial flooring systems helps to place a barrier between the concrete and the surface.
Types of Shock-Resistant Coatings
Let's go over some of the different types of shock resistant coating options available:
- Cementitious Urethane
- Porcelain Enamel
Benefits of Using Shock-Resistant Coatings
There are many benefits to using this kind of resistant coating. They include:
- Antimicrobial Uses
- Abrasion Resistance
- Strengthens Floor
- Added Crack Resistance
- Can Use On New or Existing Areas
- Chemical Resistant
- Easy Application
- Expands and Shrinks When Needed
- Good for Vapor Barrier Use
- Handles High-Temperature Cleaning
- Minimal Upkeep
- Moisture Resistant
- Seamless Possibilities
- Slip Resistant
- Value-Added Appearance
- Withstands Extreme Temperatures
Places of Use
You might wonder what kinds of industrial or commercial structures could benefit from the use of shock-resistant coatings. Examples include:
- Beverage & Food Processing Plants
- Cold Storage Areas
- Commercial Kitchens
- Dairy Packaging Plants
- Freezer Storage Areas
- Grocery Stores
- Production Facilities
- Meat Handling Facilities
Since every surface requires specific protection, it's imperative you get the professional opinion of a qualified painting contractor. Many variables need to be taken into account.
When you hire a qualified painting company, you get the satisfaction of knowing that you are in good hands. With their vast knowledge and skills, you will end up having a strong and reliable flooring system on which to work.