September 12

What are your Building Issues? Remedial Building can help! | Remedial Building Services

We know that not everyone understands the building [...]

COMMON ISSUES WITH COMMERCIAL FLOORING

Floors are designed to be tough – we all know that. But being tough is not always enough, and further, they are often not quite tough enough for the circumstances they are put in.

As a result, the floor which should be safe underfoot for staff and customers alike, often becomes hazardous and/or unhygienic.

Whilst every workplace is different some of the common issues we see include:

  • Tiles or vinyl surfaces have cracked due to dropped objects or worn through creating pockets beneath the surface
  • Unpleasant smells in food preparation areas. This is due to the incidence of worn or broken tiles allowing water and food stuffs to seep below the surface where they allow bacteria to thrive.
  • Concrete surfaces have become pock marked and uneven due to the ongoing use of cleaning chemicals, the caustic effects of blood, sugars and oils, or the use of heavy foot traffic or machinery.
  • Slippery working environments due to the presence of oils and fats, or water being tracked through from outside.

Whether you work in a hair salon (oils and liquids), café (oils, detergents, heavy objects and foot traffic), retail store (rain from outside, foot traffic), food preparation area (food stuffs, cleaning chemicals, blood and oils)or even have toilets which are available to the public (foot traffic, harsh cleaning chemicals, urine), making sure you have a safe working surface underfoot is essential.

Not only do you want a floor which is not slippery underfoot, but you need to ensure that there are no cracks (in the surface or even the grout between tiles) or uneven joins which will allow bacteria to thrive.

Learn more about your commercial flooring options or give us a call today.

WHY INDUSTRIAL FLOORS FAIL

Industrial workplaces are designed to be places where heavy, dirty and routine work occurs day in, day out. As a result the floor is subject to ongoing battering from machine and chemical alike. At Remedial we have rectified the floors of hundreds of industrial workplaces, from warehouses to factories through to beer and wine distilleries.

What is evident in most cases of failed flooring surfaces is:

  • Acids and other caustic products inclusive of food stuffs, cleaning chemicals, petrol’s and oils are left to soak into the surface, eating away at the membrane and then concrete below causing the surface to crumble and become uneven
  • Heavy machinery such as forklifts, trucks and pallets cause structural wear and tear which causes the surface to break up. This accelerates the process and makes the surface uneven underfoot. In food preparation facilities this is a health hazard as bacteria can thrive in these hard to clean areas
  • Heavy machines and regular cleaning create smooth areas which become slippery underfoot. Similarly, machines can rub painted lines which are there for safety reasons, off the surface.

Whether you have a slippery surface, need one which is more resilient to heavy traffic and chemicals or need to rectify a health issue, we have solutions which are right for your circumstances. Contact us or learn more about our range of options epoxy and composite flooring solutions.

September 12

Food preparation flooring surfaces - A case study | Remedial Building Services

With the floor we laid some 5 years ago showing th [...]

FOOD PREPARATION AREA - B&J

Almost 5 years ago, Remedial were engaged to prepare a flooring surface at Beak & Johnston in a food preparation area. With the floor having withstood the test of not only time, but food stuffs, cleaning materials and general foot and machine traffic, we were called back in late 2017 to help prepare the floors of two newly constructed food preparation areas measuring 500m2 and 650m2  respectively. 

PREPARATION

Our first task was the construction of 300mm high hob surrounds which would allow us to not only bund the area, but also achieve the requisite falls to drainage which we would need given the large area we needed to protect. 
With the hobs completed we left the site so construction teams could continue to install drainage, the panel walls and other elements required for the area to become a fully operational food processing and production area. 

FLOOR PREPARATION BEGINS

With the construction complete we were brought back to site during the quiet Christmas Holiday period and worked to prepare the flooring surfaces by diamond grinding the entire surface to not only remove dags and construction materials, but to ensure we could get adequate adhesion between the epoxy surface and the slab itself. 
With the floor vacuumed to remove all dust and debris, we applied a 2mm scratch-coat epoxy with a 100mm turn up on the hobs to ensure no water or materials would penetrate under the surface and cause issues. With this complete we then further applied a 6mm polyurethane topping to ensure a hard wearing, attractive flooring surface. 

Finally, the hobs were sealed and a broadcast bauxite aggregate applied as well to give it the required finish. 
September 12

Polurethane Flooring Solution for a Food Processing Plant | Remedial Building Services

Using Hychem Hycrete SL polyurethane we turned a d [...]

MANILDRA GROUP, BOMBADERRY

Industry:Commercial

Services:Flooring SolutionsFlooring Needs Repairs

Located in Bombaderry, Remedial have had the pleasure of working for the Manildra group on a few occassions, laying new flooring solutions which are capable of withstanding the harsh chemical environment found in a food manufacturing plant - inclusive of cleaning chemicals, and the harsh natural acids found in sugars and fats. 
For this specific project we were invited back to treat the gluten tank and starch pump areas which had over time, eroded and become unsightly and dangerous. 
The first priority was to build a temporary epoxy hob around the working area to stop the flow of water between the different zones of the plant. With this in place, we washed the area with a high-pressure alkaline detergent to remove the surface residues and expose the slab underneath. We then force dried the area wih gas torches.

With the surface clean we were able to better identify key areas requiring jack-hammering to remove residual contamination, and those areas where diamond grinders and shroud scrabblers would suffice. With the area fully cleaned we made good to level the surface as required, and then cleaned it before adding a minimum 10mm Hychem Hycrete SL polyurethane floor coating which was trowel applied by our team.
All in all the area treated was approximately 250sqm and the result was one the client is very happy with. 
September 12

Industrial Flooring | Remedial Building Services

Remedial Building Services specialise in hard wear [...]

Our epoxy flooring is specially designed and proven to withstand high temperatures, corrosive chemicals, caustic foodstuffs, high impact traffic, oils and detergents and general wear and tear. All industrial flooring solutionsare applied by one of our expert flooring technicians, to ensure a seamless finish making it easier to maintain, safer and more resistant to bacteria growth.

Epoxy flooring is a high quality and cost effective solution which can be used in multiple industrial and commercial settings including:

  • Hotel kitchens
  • Food processing areas
  • Abattoirs
  • Commercial kitchens
  • Pharmaceutical laboratories
  • Printing houses
  • Factories
  • Chemical containment areas
  • Bakeries
  • Warehouses
  • Railway stations
  • Plant rooms
  • Car showrooms
  • Car service garages
  • Wash bays

ADVANTAGES OF EPOXY FLOORING

Epoxy flooring has many advantages over other flooring systems, such as:

  • Superior adhesive strength
  • A seamless finish which minimises the risk of bacteria growth
  • Flexibility in application, allowing it to be used for commercial kitchens, public swimming pool surrounds, ramps, walkways and other challenging locations.
  • The ability to withstand heavy wheel traffic
  • Resistance to chemicals and blood
  • A range of options, allowing you to choose the non-slip rating, colour and texture of your flooring
  • Anti-static epoxy flooring can be used for assembly points, computer assembly rooms and laboratories.