What type of industrial flooring works best in warehouses?
A busy warehouse is one of the toughest flooring environments out there. HGVs, pallet trucks, stillages and fork trucks shift heavy loads up to 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Across the UK thousands of people are working in warehouses day and night. They are a crucial part of our economy and the workload they shoulder cannot be understated.
If you are thinking of changing your existing flooring system you might be wondering which type of floor you should be going for.
So here are a couple of questions to ask when choosing new industrial flooring for warehouses
As every employer knows workforce safety is paramount, and also one of the biggest contributing factors to staff absenteeism, so choosing a floor that addresses this issue head on could make a big difference to your bottom line.
A modern industrial environment should be clean, bright and clearly mapped out with zonal markings on the floor and clear demarcation lines. Having a floor that clearly lays out where the danger zones are and maps pathways to ensure the smooth flow of goods and traffic is essential.
Think about how much traffic will be passing over these zonal markings on a day-to-day basis. If you are considering floor paint, for example, can it withstand the constant hammering of feet and machinery or is a more robust solution required?
The amount you pay is always a primary consideration, but make sure you evaluate the lifetime cost of the flooring system you are buying.
What might seem like good value in the short term could look a lot less attractive when projected over a 20 year period. How often will you have to repair or replace the floor over this timespan? How much will that cost, not just in labour and materials but also in operational downtime?
As your business grows and things begin to change you may soon find yourself having to restructure your layout. Is this a genuine consideration for you? If so then picking a floor that you can remodel easily might be the right option for you.
Did you know?
“One the flexibilities of an interlocking system is your ability to move and replace small sections of your warehouse floor with the bare minimum of disruption.”
Not everyone considers appearance to be a huge factor when it comes to warehouse flooring, but going the extra mile to impress potential clients has its obvious benefits.
Having your logo branded into your flooring looks incredible and gives the impression of a business on the move. When selecting a floor ask yourself how easy it would be to achieve this look.
Flooring maintenance is critical, and some industrial flooring solutions are much easier to maintain than others.
Keeping the floor clean and dust free, preventing damp and providing a safe, hazard free working environment is crucial. Check to see how easy it is to maintain the floor over its lifetime. Some solutions are much harder to maintain than others so make sure you investigate this thoroughly.
If you are weighing up the pros and cons of a new industrial floor for your business and wish to speak to one of our flooring experts contact us today on the number above or email [email protected]
Lucinda O’Reilly, Exports & Marketing Director is an integral part of the team that has grown Ecotile Flooring in to the successful manufacturing business it is today. Over the last 20 years she has successfully employed her skills in sales and marketing to ensure Ecotile Flooring is recognised as the market leading manufacturer of PVC interlocking floor tiles. Lucinda’s love of travel means the Ecotile brand is dominant all over Europe, North America, the Middle East, Asia and India.
To ensure compliance with export regulations Lucinda has gained accreditations from the Chamber of Commerce in Incoterms & Export Licence Controls and Export Procedures & Documentation and has completed the Institute of Export course on Incoterms 2020. She is a member of the Institute of Export, was a finalist in the Natwest Open to Export competition in 2018 and was instrumental in Ecotile Flooring winning a Queen’s Enterprise for International Trade in 2017. Lucinda has recently been interviewed by BBC News and Channel 4 News for her insights on Brexit and is an Export Champion for the Department for International Trade.