18 April 2013
When it comes to floor joints in concrete industrial floor slabs, it's very much a case of look after them and they will look after you, according to CG Flooring Systems.
Technically, joints are unavoidable in all concrete floor slabs and are provided for two main reasons; to relieve the tensile stresses induced by drying shrinkage or temperature changes and to cater for breaks in the construction process. Another unavoidable factor for floor joints, particularly in a busy warehouse operation is maintenance of the joints.
The arrises (slab edges) are vulnerable to damage caused by the movement of Materials Handling Equipment (MHE) passing over the joints. Once the initial damage to the arris has occurred it never gets better and this can generally result in more expensive repairs being required, not to mention the disruption to the warehouse operation and impact on the MHE operators.
More often than not carrying out expensive repairs to damaged joints is reactive and incurs unplanned maintenance, which may not have been budgeted for. Good quality arris repairs are not cheap however when done properly by an industrial flooring specialist they will stand the test of time. Warehouse users can avoid or reduce the need for costly repairs by adopting a more proactive approach to floor maintenance and having the floor assessed on a regular basis. Regular surveys of the floor will highlight damage at an early stage, which will enable a more cost effective repair to be carried out. This ‘stitch in time’ approach can play an effective part in helping to increase productivity in an operational warehouse by ensuring the floor is maintained to a high standard to allow the MHE to perform at their optimum capacity.
CG Flooring Systems is a company that can help you with any forthcoming planned maintenance schedules.