Three Floor Coating Choices for Shipping & Receiving Areas

“I know we have to do something about resurfacing our plant where we have a lot of damaged concrete, particularly in the shipping and receiving and loading dock area. We need a product that takes abuse, and I don’t know what the best product is.  The contractor says that he uses epoxy, and would tie up our facility for days. Is there something out there that will set up overnight so we don’t have to shut down? The contractor insists we will have to stay off the floor for at least two days.”

Well, there are other resin systems besides epoxies. Generally, there’s three resin systems that are widely used, one being epoxy, one being urethane urea cementitious products, the other being methyl methacrylates.

I personally like the cementitious products in those kinds of loading dock areas, because they tend to, over the life of the coating, have better impact resistance.
Cementitious urethanes containing cement, and the other type being a polyester type urethane, tend to stay very malleable. They tend to dent when they get heavy impacts.

Epoxies can shatter in the type of environment you describe. Acrylics can also break apart under impact but are a little better than an epoxy as they are softer.

As far as the 24‑hour thing, many times what we do to keep costs down is to see how many bays you have and if we can lock up one or two bays.

With the cementitious urethanes, you can come up with one-day systems where you could be back on the floor in 24 hours, but that’s not always preferable, not always the perfect way to do things.

We could apply a product with a lesser amount of square footage, and turn it around in 24 hours without a problem; or do something else. Again, there’s many ways to skin a cat in these situations.

Solutions can usually be worked out when all the parties (customer, manufacturer and contractor) form a temporary team to address the planning and execution with a common understanding of what needs to be done.