Concrete flooring is one of the most commonly used types of floor in industrial settings, because it’s durable, strong and appropriate for a wide variety of settings. It’s not, however, a maintenance-free structural material, which means that concrete floors usually benefit from a resin coating to ensure their protection, as well as to ensure safety and hygiene in the workplace.
One of the issues that can develop with concrete flooring is with its joints. Over time, and especially with heavy traffic in the area, concrete floor joints can get damaged and affect the integrity of the floor, meaning they should be repaired as soon as the problem is detected.
Why They Get Damaged
Concrete floor joints tend to get damaged if they have to sustain a large amount of heavy traffic across a period of time. This traffic includes forklifts and heavy machinery that frequently move across the joints and weaken them. If this process carries on without adding an industrial floor coating, for instance, the joints will eventually crack, break or crumble.
Why They Need Repair
Besides the dangers of having a defective concrete floor, such as being a serious trip hazard, problematic floor joints can also cause damage to the machinery that need to operate in the area. Subsidence on one slab will cause the adjacent slabs to become elevated, so when machinery goes over them, not only can they actually increase the damage done to the concrete (making the crack or hole bigger), but also become damaged themselves. This is because when they hit that elevated piece of concrete they will jolt over it and can cause problems to engines or wheels.
This means that the sooner you fix the issue, the better, as it only tends to get worse over time, especially with the constant traffic.
How to Repair These Joints
To ensure durable repairs that can last a very long time, it’s imperative to choose the right material to repair the joint, especially since they will have to continue withstanding heavy traffic. The damaged slabs have to be cut back, so that the repair is done only to an intact surface, otherwise it can easily break again. After the area is cleaned, a sealant can then be added, levelled and left to cure. The result is a durable solution that can extend the life of your floor joints.
Your concrete floor joints have to endure a large degree of pressure every day, so they might develop issues in the future. Those problems can have serious consequences if not corrected immediately, so it’s important to always resolve them as soon as they appear. If you want to learn more about whether or not your floor needs repairing, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us on 01226 382864 and we’ll be more than happy to discuss it with you.