If you have a commercial concrete floor in your facility, you might start to notice that it has become damaged over time. Cracks and crevices may appear, and you may be wondering what you can do about it.
Luckily, concrete floors are not only easy to maintain, but they are also simple to repair and replace. But how can you determine whether it is time to repair the floor, or if it’s time for a complete epoxy resin floor replacement?
This blog will inform you of what to look for in each scenario to help make your decision a little easier.
When To Repair Your Concrete Floors
If Cracks Are Visible
If you had a concrete floor installed somewhat recently, you might start to notice little cracks in the substrate. This is because, over time, heavy wear and tear from foot traffic or machinery can cause cracks to form.
However, these cracks are not cause for concern, especially if they are caught early enough.
This is because cracks in your concrete floor can be easily fixed by a resinous flooring expert, and the process shouldn’t take more than a few hours to complete.
When Peeling or Delamination Occurs
One of the most common issues that might arise with your epoxy flooring system is that it may peel or delaminate. This could be the result of an installer not using the proper epoxy primer.
Additionally, lack of proper mechanical abrasion to the existing floor can cause an epoxy floor to begin peeling or delaminating, and this is something that needs to be monitored from time to time.
If you notice any peeing or delamination, it is best to contact an epoxy flooring contractor immediately, because this can be repaired if caught in the early stages.
If Chipping or Color Erosion Begins
Chipping can occur as a result of repeated exposure to heavy machinery or a lot of foot traffic, and it is a problem that should be addressed immediately.
Chipping, although it may seem like a mild issue, can quickly escalate and lead to bigger problems and larger exposed areas.
If you start to notice chipping in your concrete floor, you should repair the floor as soon as you possibly can. This repair process can be completed easily by a resinous flooring expert, and it should not be attempted as a do-it-yourself project.
Color erosion can also be an issue with concrete floors, especially when bright colors are used in the substrate. This problem occurs over time, just like the other issues mentioned above.
However, some people may think that if the color erodes, the floor must be replaced, which is often not the case. Most resinous flooring companies, such as High Performance Systems, can provide color matching services, which can match the existing floor color perfectly.
This makes the process much simpler, and cheaper, for you in the long run.
When To Replace Your Concrete Floors
When Large Areas Are Peeling
As stated above, portions of your concrete substrate may begin to peel or delaminate over time. If these spots remain small, they can be easily repaired.
However, this can become a serious issue if it is not taken care of quickly. If large portions
of your floor have begun to peel, it is time to replace your epoxy flooring system. Your floor should be evaluated by a resinous flooring expert, who will be able to assess whether or not you should replace the floor in question.
Ultimately, for the safety of your workers and quality of your flooring system, if the peeling area has become too large, it is best to just replace the entire floor. This will be the most cost effective method as well.
When Crevices Become Excessive
If cracks and crevices start to overtake your flooring system, this means that your floor is likely beyond repair, and a replacement is needed.
It is normal for some cracks to appear, and even some crevices as well, if it’s been a while since your floor was installed. However, large crevices can become dangerous for employees, as machines can get caught on them, causing accidents to occur.
If You Want An Antimicrobial Or Slip-Resistant Floor
If your building is a food service facility or a restaurant, it would be beneficial for your flooring system to be both antimicrobial and slip-resistant.
However, this requires an additional ingredient to be added into the concrete mixture, so this is not something that can be done in a repair.
If you want your flooring system to have antimicrobial properties then you need to replace the entire flooring system. The same goes for the slip resistant floors, as they too require additional ingredients to make it possible.
It’s important to discuss your needs with a resinous flooring expert, as they will be able to provide the best flooring system for you and your facility.
When You Want To Change The Color Or Style
The most common reason why you would need to replace your flooring system would be if you wanted to change the color or style of your floor.
Concrete floors can be designed in a wide variety of ways, and many colors and styles can
be added to the substrate.
If you are looking for a completely new style, or if you would like to update the color of your floor, the only option is to replace the entire system.
Replacing the system is simple, with the help of a concrete expert, and the downtime is limited. Within a matter of days you can have a brand new flooring system in place.
Repairing VS. Replacing
As a general rule, it is best to leave the decision of whether to repair or replace your concrete floor up to the experts.
If you notice any cracks, crevices, or any other issue discussed in this blog it is best to contact a concrete epoxy installer right away.
They will be able to provide you with an evaluation of your flooring system and you can decide whether to repair or replace your floor together.