How to choose the right continuous flooring for my project

Concrete pavements and slabs are subject to aggressions: chemical, mechanical, and physical, apart from those derived by corrosion processes of the reinforcement. As a result of these aggressions, cracks, breaks, and mass losses can occur.

A concrete pavement in poor condition in an industry is the cause of a multitude of problems that can compromise the efficient operation of the same:

• Lack of safety: risk of falls.
• Pollution by chemical spills.
• Accumulation of dirt and lack of hygiene.
• Racks and loads unevenness.
• Increased vibrations in machinery.
• Mechanical breakdowns in toritos and pallet trucks.

The correct choice of pavement continues for each type of industry contributes to its efficient operation: safer, cleaner and with fewer stops.

Unfortunately this choice is complex due to the varied number of solutions that we can find, not only depending on the type of flooring finish, but also on the type of resin that we use to make it.
Below we will analyze some basic criteria that will help to define the type of continuous pavement for our project.

Continuous industrial flooring depending on the type of solution

Fields of application

Once we define the solution based on the requirements of slipperiness, cleanliness, mechanical resistance, etc., we will have to think about what type of products we will apply.

Continuous industrial flooring depending on the type of product:

1. Cementitious:
They allow to carry out dry mortar type finishes, self-leveling, or rolling layers by means of quartz, corundum, or metallic aggregates of high resistance (both by dusting and by hydrated layer).

In general, they are used when a very high mechanical resistance, low chemical resistance, and a low degree of slip resistance are required: logistics warehouses, loading docks, etc.

2. Water based epoxy:
They allow painting, multilayer, or self-leveling finishes.
In general, they are applied in areas where we can have supports with a certain degree of humidity, and where there is a low mechanical and chemical requirement: parking lots, basements, structuring of areas, etc.

3. 100% solid epoxy:
They allow painting, multilayer, self-leveling, or mortar type finishes.
In general, they are applied in areas where we have dry substrates, and where there is a high mechanical and chemical requirement: food industry, chemical industry, wet areas, production areas, storage areas, workshops, etc.

4. Polyurethanes:
They allow painting, multilayer, self-leveling, or mortar type finishes.
In general, they are applied in areas where we have dry substrates, and where there is a high mechanical, medium-high chemical requirement, and where a certain deformability is required to absorb cracks, reduce the risk of breakage due to impact: food industry, chemical industry, wet areas , production areas, storage areas, workshops, etc.

5. Ucrete: Polyurethane-cement:
They allow to carry out multilayer, self-leveling, or mortar type finishes.

It is the pavement par excellence in the Industry in general, and it is based on a polyurethane-cement chemistry where the reaction of water with polyurethane is controlled, patented by Master Builders Solutions at the ICI (Institute for Competitive Intelligence). The Ucrete range of systems provides a wide range of finishes, aesthetics and properties according to thickness, being possible to adjust to the requirements of each continuous pavement project (multilayers, self-leveling, mortars, conductive, etc.). The durability of a pavement is essential since a damaged or deteriorated pavement is not safe or hygienic, and can alter production processes. Ucrete was unveiled in 1969, and many of the systems applied over 50 years ago are still in service.

Thanks to its ductility, Ucrete floors resist impacts without suffering brittle breakage. They also have high resistance to temperature and chemical agents (cleaning even with steam for certain thicknesses). They are applied in areas where we have very high mechanical and chemical requirements: food industry, chemical industry, wet areas, production areas, storage areas, cold rooms, areas with high or low temperatures, workshops, etc. Likewise, they are tolerant of substrates with a certain degree of humidity at the time of application, thus allowing quick and effective repairs.

The choice of continuous flooring can also be conditioned by other more specific factors: type of support, temperature, execution time, budget, etc., so we always recommend consulting our Technical Department to define the most appropriate Master Builders Solutions flooring.

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