Greenshields Industrial Floor Case Study

High-quality industrial flooring solutions are the only way to guarantee that your workshop, warehouse, factory or industrial facility floor can withstand the day-to-day and long-term demands of heavy-duty tasks and equipment.

No two businesses are the same, and that’s why Polycote stocks a wide range of industrial floor coatings, primers, screeds, concrete floor paints and epoxy flooring products to fulfil clients’ requirements every time.

THE PROJECT

This customer’s requirements involved the moving of heavy excavation equipment and large machinery, and the object was to install an industrial flooring system that could withstand the movement of up to 40-tonne machines.

Factory and industrial workplace floor conditions play a fundamental part in on-site safety. However, after years of heavy traffic, the composition of the floor breaks down, which not only affects the appearance but more importantly, reduces productivity and safety of machinery and employees alike.

Our customer’s requirement was a long-lasting and durable solution that could withstand heavy weights with extreme wear and tear over an area of 540sq.m.

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THE POLYCOTE SOLUTION

The existing floor was heavily contaminated and pitted. Therefore, installers needed floor repair solutions that would overcome the existing damage and protect it against wear in the future.

The damage to the existing substrate was repaired with Cretex EP Mortar to provide a level surface followed by OT Primer Standard, a highly specialised oil-tolerant primer to prime the remaining contaminated concrete surface, prior to the final application of our heavy-duty twin pack epoxy coating, Flortex ProfessionalEPS Linemarker was then applied to ensure a safer workplace to clearly define walkways, forklift and other hazardous areas.

This entire industrial flooring solution provided by Polycote created an immensely hardwearing, impervious and easy-to-clean floor that not only matched but complimented the customer’s own core values, appearance and strengths.

OT Primer is an oil-tolerant epoxy primer specifically for use on contaminated concrete, where ‘standard’ primers consistently fail.  As well as incredible adhesion to oil-contaminated substrates, OT Primer also superbly penetrates into the substrate to ensure unparalleled adhesion abilities in the most demanding of areas and is suitable to prime the surface before the installation of either coatings or screeds.

Flortex Professional is a leading floor coating and has been proven in almost every industry throughout the world for over 30 years. Flortex Professional is one of the most durable 100% solids epoxy floor coatings available with excellent abrasion and chemical resistance. Additionally, Flortex Professional is high gloss, hygienic and offers an impervious easy-clean finish. Finally, we were able to manufacture the coating in the company’s own RAL colours to maintain consistency with the corporate colours and enhance the company image throughout their UK branches.

Warehouse line marking is hugely important in industrial environments in order to ensure the safety of employees and equipment.  EPS Linemarker far outlasts single-pack paints and self-adhesive floor marking systems, offering excellent resistance to heavy wheeled traffic, oil and chemicals.

To apply a twin pack epoxy Linemarking Paint is often extremely difficult due to the short pot life of epoxies once mixed.  EPS Linemarker is yet another of Polycote’s highly specialised formulations, which not only has a pot life of around 18 hours but will cure in just 2-4 hours (depending upon temperature) once applied. This, therefore, allows an operative to apply 2 or even 3 coats from the same mix, thereby saving a huge amount of time and waste, normally associated with such work.

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THE RESULTS

From the beginning to the end of the project, the Polycote team were dedicated to finding the right flooring solution. Having ascertained exactly what was required by the customer, the durability, and the speed of cure needed to ensure the minimum downtime possible, we ensured the company were able to have flexible working arrangements in order to keep workflow and disruption to a minimum

Overall, the final appearance was extremely impressive with vibrant colours whilst ensuring incredibly high impact and chemical resistance.

And to prove the point, please feel free to click on the video below where we turn the unbelievable into the indisputable!  Our client was more than happy for us to demonstrate the durability and resistance of the finished flooring solution!

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