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Concrete Flooring FAQs


Nationwide Concreting are the experts in high-tolerance concrete flooring.

From our base in Hampshire, we offer our services across the whole of the UK and we have completed projects in areas such as Devon, Cornwall, Somerset and many more. With our proven track record in successful on-time projects and over 40 years of experience in concrete flooring, we are confident you will be fully satisfied with our service.

Our extensive client portfolio showcases some of the projects we have completed work on, including concrete flooring for Sainsbury's, Asda, AFC Bournemouth, Premier Inn and Tesco to name a few.

We have created a summary of frequently asked questions that have arisen from our previous projects and these are listed below.

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concrete industrial or factory floor is a strong, durable and long lasting flooring option which is easy to maintain and clean whilst being the hardest wearing floor available. This makes a concrete factory floor the best cost option for your industrial building. Repairs and replacements are almost never needed. A concrete floor acts as the perfect substrate for any commercial floor finish you could need. It has an unbeatable rigidity which increases its safety, which is paramount when in a commercial working or customer environment. A high tolerance concrete floor has a life span of over 100 years making it one of the most cost efficient and durable flooring solutions available today.

Concrete is an extremely durable long-lasting and tough flooring option; it is capable of resisting the pressure from heavy machinery, fork trucks and vans whilst also impressively resistant to chemicals and acid. Concrete flooring is by far the most popular flooring solution for industrial, commercial, retail, education and public buildings. Although concrete flooring can be damaged it will take some considerable effort to achieve this.

Concrete floors are very easy to clean and maintain, and require minimum work to keep them looking their best. To keep your concrete floor at its best you can apply a wax to it once every 3-9 months to keep the dust at bay or use proprietary floor paint. You only need to mop or brush your floor to remove any dust. For particularly dirty environments a high tolerance concrete floor can be mechanically scraped and pressure washed to return it to its original condition.

The durability of concrete flooring makes it environmentally friendly in so far that it doesn’t have to be replaced as regularly as other flooring solutions, therefore lessening the impact that it has on the environment. Also far less harmful emissions are made and natural resources used in making the concrete for the flooring than other flooring options, making high tolerance concrete flooring a more environmental friendly solution than you might think.

Concrete flooring is a versatile flooring material as it can be poured to cover any size that might be required. Once laid it can accept any floor surface covering that could be desired.

Due to the versatility of concrete as a construction material it can be a laid to an almost infinite size assuming certain building requirements are utilised; for example a high tolerance concrete floor requires expansion joints to be inserted when it is laid. Nationwide Concreting are specialists in industrial high tolerance concrete flooring, ideal for commercial, warehousing, retail etc. We currently undertake contracts ranging from 100m2 to 100,000m2.

It is dependent on the size of the concrete flooring that you require, however we endeavour to complete our floors as quickly as possible without compromising the high quality that we provide; this is to ensure that the concrete flooring installation process causes minimum disruption to your business or site.

Nationwide Concreting have been providing commercial and industrial concrete flooring solutions across the UK for over 40 years, in that time we have accumulated substantial experience installing concrete flooring in a variety of locations for a variety of requirements; in fact in our experience we believe there is no industrial flooring problem that we would be unable to solve by installing a concrete floor.

 

Some of the sectors we have provided solutions for are:-

  • Agricultural – Grain stores, poultry sheds, stables and barns as well as service roads and large external yards
  • Defence – Barracks and exercise yards for the MoD – All contractors achieved security clearance
  • Commercial – High level, multi-level and mezzanine floors
  • Industrial and Retail – Warehouses, chiller units, retail units, and for leading UK superstores

We cover all areas across the UK. It doesn’t matter where you are in the UK, all you need to do is call our team at Nationwide Concreting Ltd for more information and an unbeatable price on your commercial concrete flooring or concrete pouring needs.

We can provide a 24 hour 365 day operation, using our teams of experienced and skilled concrete contractors, technicians and operatives to complete projects to a pre-determined deadline. We are also capable of completing projects within fully functioning facilities – working with and around other trades and ongoing production services to ensure your business, operations and or sites are minimally affected and can continue seamlessly around us.

Trafficking on ‘Ground Bearing’ slab:

  • First 2 days completely free from traffic.
  • After 3 days foot traffic can be allowed onto the slab with care.
  • After 5 day’s heavy foot traffic or slow moving vehicles.
  • After 10 days heavy traffic usage.

Concrete takes 28 days to achieve its design strength. Note – site conditions such as temperature can have an effect on the above values plus it is strongly advised that concrete cube results are obtained to verify concrete strength.

It is very important to establish a cleaning regime that stops dirt and dust from building up, the operation of many types of materials handling equipment on dirty/dusty floors will cause increased wear on the floor. Power-Floated concrete floors can normally be easily cleaned with a wet scrubber and vacuum-type machine using neutral (non-acid) detergents. Dry vacuum and sweeping will also remove dust and dirt.

Areas of impact damage from dropped goods or scouring from MHE forks, etc. should be treated with a suitable epoxy mortar or resin to prevent further degradation of the affected area. Often the scraping of pallets and forks across the floor can damage the surface and cause joint arrises to spall. It is important to maintain pallets in good condition and to avoid unnecessary pushing of pallets and other equipment across the floor surface. Early repair will reduce the risk of accelerated degradation.

Decorative concrete is actually relatively inexpensive when compared to standard flooring options such as ceramic tiling or marble. It is also worth noting that the expected life span of a concrete floor will far exceed that of any other flooring material, saving you money in repairs in the long term.

Concrete flooring can be a cold material but none more so than ceramic tiling or natural stone floors. It is actually possible to harness the natural ability of concrete to store and radiate heat. You can achieve this by embedding radiant heating cables into the concrete when it is being installed. It is also unlikely for your concrete floor to become damp - this would only generally occur if the slab was installed incorrectly or due to poor quality drainage.

Whilst a decorative concrete floor is not completely maintenance-free, they are simple to keep looking their best. A regular routine of sweeping and damp mopping will keep the concrete in good condition, with areas of high traffic requiring more attention. It may even be worth considering the addition of a sealer or wax to make the concrete more resistant to wear.

As with other hard flooring surfaces, it is possible that your concrete floor can become slippery when wet. Applying a high gloss sealer can give increased traction and help to prevent slipping when mixed with a non-slip additive. Our experts can give you guidance on the most suitable solution for your specific project.

This is a common objection to the installation of a concrete floor, as there are fears that heavy vehicles could lead to cracking. Unfortunately there is no guarantee that your floor will remain free from cracks for its entire lifetime, there are various resin injection systems that can be applied if required. Our experts will be able to provide you with guidance on this matter.

If you are unsure about how much concrete your project will require, please contact us directly on 01590 676 585 and speak to one of our friendly expert consultants.

Different mixtures can weigh different amounts, but in general terms one cubic metre of concrete weighs approximately 2.4 tonnes.


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We are the leading concrete flooring contractors in the UK, offering outstanding concrete finishing results with every project. For more information about our services, contact our team today on 01590 676 585.

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