Installing an industrial floor correctly minimises downtime, supplements health & safety and increases productivity. Here are six essentials to consider which will ensure you do it once and do it right.
1. Always ensure all aspects of the job are tackled at the same time - on many occasions the installation is bigger than the floor itself. Youll need to consider the floor substrate it may not be suitable for the final finish, shortening the life of the floor; drainage
liquids/spills will need to be removed from the production area for safety reasons; bollards, barriers or kerbs protecting equipment and people is a vital consideration; and protective wall coverings another important element in a hygienic environment. You need to choose a company that will help you to look beyond the floor finish and give free comprehensive advice for the whole project.
2. Lost production means lost money, that much is obvious. For any production manager looking out on a line of machines designed specifically to maximise efficiency laying idle because of building work is a frustrating sight, so minimising downtime should be built into any project. Insist that work on the project is arranged at weekends, bank holidays and during scheduled shutdowns. This will cause the least disruption to production schedules.
3. Using flooring experts who have extensive knowledge of your industry sector will pay dividends. They will know the flooring solutions which best meet the particular needs of your business and will be able to supply and install proven products from the most trusted companies, ensuring a successful outcome for your project.
4. Compliance with health and safety legislation is a fundamental part of any project, which a contractor well versed in the requirements of your industrial sector will be aware of. Areas such as slip-resistance, an impervious surface and ease of cleaning all come under HSE and EEC guidelines, so always ensure the company you trust for your project knows and understands the legislation.
5. Designing and installing an industrial floor is a highly skilled process, requiring craftsmanship and experience, so selecting a company whose workforce is skilled and works with pride and attention to detail should be on your list of requirements. The company should also use the best products sourced from the best suppliers for optimum results.
6. Finally, you need to know when your floor will be ready to use and you dont want any nasty surprises when the bill arrives. An experienced and reputable installer will ensure your project comes in on schedule and on budget.
By using these no-compromise guidelines, you will gain a floor which will give many years of trouble-free service.
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