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Renovating floors in industrial buildings

Reformas de suelos en naves industriales

Industrial building renovations renew and repair the facility, correcting the structural defects that affect the development of on-site activities.

All constructions have a useful life, meaning that over time they will deteriorate at a rate that will depend on the design of the building, its construction process, maintenance, and other factors.

Renovations allow industrial warehouses to reset the timer of their useful life, as it stops the deterioration by using corrective operations such as repairs, restorations, reconstructions, etc.

However, renovating an industrial warehouse may have some drawbacks that can interrupt and paralyze industrial warehouse activities.

Why renovate industrial warehouses?

An industrial warehouse flooring should be renovated in order to recover the surface’s functionality, as well as ensuring normality and safety in the activities which are carried out.

An industrial floor is usually subject to particular loads, such as heavy machinery. Due to these loads and to the constant machinery transit, the concrete surface is weakened by the constant abrasion.

In some situations, the type of floor is unsuitable for the industrial activities that are being carried out . This causes the structure to be especially susceptible to faults and other defects caused by the activity itself.

A floor that has been inadequately coated needs more than just wear repairs.

In these cases, it is necessary to use a renovation treatment. This is a process that will change the floor’s surface properties to behave better and become more durable towards the industrial activity to which it is subjected.

What renovations to use on an industrial flooring?

There are abundant applicable renovations to use on industrial flooring, since cracks, fissures, dents, potholes, etc. can occur in concrete. Different faults in a  concrete floor require specific repairs.

Refurbishment of floors in industrial buildings

When the different faults coexist in a combined state, it is necessary to turn to renovations that are able to eliminate the overall deterioration of the floor.

From a basic perspective, the main renovations in industrial buildings are the following:

Crack repair

Cracks are the best known faults, they are characterized by being openings that develop on the surface of the floor.

Crack repair basically consists of sealing the openings in the concrete.

Mortar is the most widely used sealing material, and it can be mixed with additives to improve its impermeability, rigidity, etc.

Joint repair

A joint is a similar type of fault to a crack, however it is planned during the floor’s construction and curing process.

Joint repair is similar to crack repair as it is an operation that fills in the opening of the joint.

If the joint is filled, it is necessary to replace the sealing material.

Elastomers are the most widely used sealing materials.

Renewing the surface

Renewing the floor surface is an alternative. By this method, the deteriorated layer is removed in order to build a new surface.

It begins with milling, then proceeds with the preparation of the support base and ends by placing the mortar and the finishing coating.

Flooring reconstruction

This is the complete industrial floor renovation.

Reconstruction consists of the total elimination of the flooring structure to build a new one where its properties asapt to the industrial demands.

The main for a floor reconstruction are errors, both in construction and in the design. Although it is also used in cases of extreme damage in which the floor is in a state of unrecoverable severity.

Industrial warehouse extension

Extending or expanding the spaces whithin a warehouse. An expansion project is carried out in order to create larger surfaces for growing industrial activities.

This is a major renovation, which requires demolition and new construction works to accommodate and connect the new facilities.

Problems when repairing industrial warehouses

The main problem with industrial warehouse renovations is the interruption of work and activities, which causes alteration to the work program and company itineraries.

Industrial repairs and renovations require certain areas of the warehouse to be cleared, so racks, machinery and materials must be redistributed momentarily.

Although the main aim of any renovation is to ensure the structural and functional well-being of the warehouse, the duration of these tasks may be subject to some uncertainty.

Renovations and repairs must be carried out systematically, and require a precise diagnoses in order to determine the exact causes of the problem.

If the systematization and diagnosis fail or are omitted, the renovation will be ineffective and will entail a monetary loss for the industry.

Alternatives to industrial repairs

The deterioration of a concrete floor is inevitable, as it is tied to a useful life and to continuous wear conditions.

However, this does not imply that industrial repairs are the only solution to a floors deterioration.

Maintenance is the best tool to decrease the rate of deterioration of a floor, so that it can reach the end of its useful life.

Therefore, during the final stages of construction, you can choose between different finishes to improve the strength of the concrete floor, increasing its useful life.

Concrete hardness varies between 3 and 7 on the Mohs scale, therefore it is a fairly hard material.

To increase concrete hardness, and consequently its mechanical resistance, there are chemical treatments that alter its molecular structure.

The BECOSAN® system includes an improvement treatment that stands out for significantly reducing conventional execution times, compared to repairs and other systems. In addition, our system allows to treat floors by zones.

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