In warehouses and distribution facilities concrete floor flatness is important. The industry term is FF (floor flatness) and FL (floor levelness). The ASTM standard for FF and FL is ASTM E1155. The flatness of a floor often determines the speed and efficiency of moving materials to and from loading and unloading areas safely and economically.
Does poor concrete floor flatness and levelness contribute to forklift speed in your warehouse or manufacturing facility?
There are several common industrial concrete floor problems that develop in warehouse and distribution facility concrete floors. All of these problems slow forklift traffic, reduce productivity, increase operating costs, and are serious safety issues.
Uneven Control Joints
This floor was stabilized and partially leveled by slab jacking with urethane foam. Leveling the slab at the dock doors was important to the tenant for efficiency and safety.
Grinding after Slab Jacking
Once the floor was slab jacked to be made stable, the remaining joints still required grinding for final leveling.
Unfortunately, the grinding process on this floor left a very unsightly result. See the close-up picture below.
The Titus HybridTM Polished Concrete Improves the Slab
As seen in the picture following picture, not only did the Titus Hybrid TM polished concrete system remove the unsightly grinding marks, it lightened the slab in color considerably and increased lighting efficiency.
What cannot be seen it the improvement in the concrete itself that the Titus Hybrid TM system made. at the hardness of the surface of the concrete was increased from a Mohs hardness of 4 to a Mohs hardness of 6 thus making the slab harder, easier to clean, and stopping any concrete dusting. Read more about Hybrid polishing concrete.
Unraveling of Control Joints
It is important that control joints in high traffic areas be filled with polyurea to stop unraveling. Read more.
The following are links to other pages that address floor flatness, floor levelness, repairing or improving the appearance and durability of concrete surfaces.