The floor in your warehouse, machine shop, manufacturing facility, and other industrial plants take a beating. Whether it’s constant foot traffic, forklifts that work around the clock, or the occasionally dropped materials, concrete floors can get worn, chipped, and otherwise cracked.
While concrete itself is a very durable material, these little imperfections can grow if not addressed. Over time, your concrete floor could be littered with holes, large fissures, and other fractures making it hard to maintain and even a little hazardous.
These chips in the concrete also provide a “safe haven” for chemicals and other hazardous materials that may end up on the floor of your facility. Cleaning up hazardous spills becomes that much more difficult. These substances may degrade the integrity of concrete flooring even further.
Advantages of Vitrified Tile
For a more durable flooring surface, many industrial and commercial facilities install fully vitrified tiles. Similar to ceramic tiles in shape and size (although they can be built in a variety of sizes and shapes), vitrified industrial tiles made from silica, feldspar, clay, and quartz, hydraulically pressed to create a non-porous and very strong product.
Vitrified tile floors are resistant to scratching, chipping, and cracking with the ability to handle incredible weights without breaking. That means they can be used under several tons of heavy machinery and not only handle the weight but the vibration as well. Because of their strength, there’s little need for replacement or repair.
Low Maintenance Care
Their non-porous makeup means this industrial flooring is chemical resistant and keeps other hazardous materials on the surface. This makes for fast, easy cleanups. They won’t stain like concrete, making it easy to keep their appearance through years of heavy use.
During manufacturing, different grits can be added to the surface texture of vitrified tiles to provide more stability for your workers and equipment used throughout your facility (forklifts, pallet jacks, etc.). This added measure of safety is invaluable for applications where water is present, such as food/beverage processing plants that require constant cleaning.
The durability of state-of-the-art vitrified tiles is matched by its versatility. If you’re looking to upgrade the look of your lobby or other public-facing areas of your facility, these tiles can be produced with different colors, designs, and shapes. Your floors will stand up to the abuse and look great doing it.