Published Monday 26th of May 2014
Warehouses are areas that experience frequent and high-level traffic. This traffic can be foot traffic, as well as traffic from the tires of cars or equipment. Warehouses also have the risk of falling product, which, depending on the product, can cause massive damage. Accordingly, most warehouses are constructed from concrete, one of the strongest, most durable man-made materials on the planet.
Concrete, however, is not immune to deterioration or damage from either the elements or from high traffic. While concrete is incredibly strong, it is no match for chemical spills, constant traffic from machinery or vehicles, and the elements. Over time, the concrete will crack, spall, and crumble, deteriorating and leading to future problems.
Fortunately, using a concrete sealer on the concrete will greatly increase the longevity, strength, and reliability of the concrete. Warehouses especially need this extra guarantee, due to the conditions involved concrete in a warehouse that has not been treated with a concrete sealer will likely not last as long as it should. Repairs to concrete can be costly, as well, which makes concrete sealers an extremely cost-effective measure.
The sealer you choose for a warehouse floor is going to depend on the desired finish. If you are looking for a natural finish product we would recommend the Siloxa-Tek 8510 The Siloxa-Tek 8510 is a penetrating, impregnating sealer that will repel salts, water and staining from oils and grease. It leaves a completely non-slip surface that looks the same after sealing as it does prioir to sealing.
If you are looking for more of a coating the best combination of products to use would be the Epoxy 325 primer followed by the Urethane 645 top coat. The Epoxy 325 and Urethane 645 combination offers incredible protection from abrasions, spills, and other high-traffic risks that a warehouse faces on a daily basis. The Epoxy 325 can be used as a stand alone product if a semi gloss finish is desired and the product is available clear or colored. It is best to use the Urethane 645 as a topcoat for additional abrasion and chemical resistance. The Urethane 645 top coat leaves a high gloss finish and can be used in conjunction with a slip-resistant additive for a non-skid surface.