Dusty concrete floors are a nightmare in a commercial setting. Dust makes for a maintenance disaster, can cause danger for heavy machinery, and is dangerous for workers to inhale. There are several different methods to dust proof concrete floors, but what is best for your commercial space? The answer depends entirely on your specific commercial needs.
Paint and Coatings
There are many different paints and coatings you could choose for sealing up your concrete floors to protect them from dust. Epoxy, urethane, and acrylic are just a sampling. However, you must weigh all the positives and negatives of each coating before deciding on one for your commercial floors. If dust proofing is all you are looking for, and you are not looking for a chemical barrier, then concrete coatings could end up being a costly mistake. To achieve a proper concrete coating, you will need professional surface preparation on your existing flooring. If you have lots of heavy machinery traffic, like forklifts for example, then the coating may not last very long without it.
Penetrating sealants are the opposite of paints and coatings. The sealers dust proof concrete floors permanently. However, your concrete needs to be in good condition. Newly poured concrete works best. Penetrating sealers are the most economical choice, by far.
If you do not require any sort of chemical or acid resistance to your flooring, a polished concrete floor may be an excellent option for dust proofing. When a penetrating sealer is applied to polished concrete, it becomes dust-proof and easy to clean. This option is also easy to maintain and is extremely durable. Polished concrete also gives you many different options for color, style, and texture options.
The experts at The Jersey Floor can help you determine the best option for dust proofing your commercial floors.