Industrial Concrete Floor Characteristics

What makes industrial floors different from typical concrete floors and what are the special requirements for industrial floor design and construction?

In the past, the process of building a concrete floor was not quite demanding and sophisticated, as not many people were aware of the technicalities, the different ways in which they could measure a floor, build it or how all these factors could affect the final product of their work.

Whether used on the manufacturing plant of a factory, in the residential basement of a CEO or a big-box store, concrete floors are needed. When talking to a concrete contractor, one does not stop to ask about the differences between the methods used now and back then and whether they need industrial concrete floors or commercial. But what are these differences?industrial commercial concrete floor finishes

Industrial floors are unlike the typical concrete floors and although the reasons are not simple, they are convincing. There are many ways in which someone can measure a floor, pass it or fail it. Back when there was no knowledge of the F-numbers, used to measure characteristics such as flatness or levelness, the only means available was a ruler. After the measuring was done, the verdict was passed based on what the technician was looking to achieve. Now, in view are only the requirements of the space in use and, to meet those needs, the contractor must use special methods and slabs.

The slabs used in both commercial and industrial concrete flooring have special requirements based on the flatness or levelness required by each project. They can be found in nearly every type of building there is and, whether they exist below a layer of flooring material such as concrete, in this case, they provide foundation for all building foundations. You should keep in mind that the contractor must use special techniques to place and finish the concrete. They can be placed and finished by hand or by using laser-guided screeds and power towels.

Nonetheless, you should also pay attention to other types of requirements such as surface hardness, finish and colour. All of these contribute to the construction and design requirements of a floor and, for getting better informed, you should read the Guide for Concrete Floor and Slab Construction. By doing that, you might avoid the so-called bugholes, which affect the surface aesthetics of the industrial concrete floors and represent a problem contractors want to minimize. They do not exceed 9/16 inches and they result from the entrapment of air bubbles on the surface of the formed concrete structure during its placement or consolidation.

These types of floors can be suspended or can be built on grade. Those which are suspended can often be built on metal decking, which can be defined as a structural steel supporting a corrugated sheet of metal. In this case, achieving high flatness and levelness values can be difficult, as the frames can be deflected under the weight of the concrete.

Whether it is colour, slabs, density of the concrete or finish, the industrial floors are different in which that they can meet the needs of a space and buyer better than the typical concrete floor.

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