Many people choose to have concrete floors, due to their many advantages such as durability, easy maintenance, versatility, and being environmentally friendly. However, a bare concrete floor can lead to many problems, which may prompt you to consider other flooring coating options such as epoxy, especially in the garage area.
Although often the cheapest option, bare concrete floors can lead to a lot of various problems that could incur more costs, hassle and plenty of time wasted compared to installing a coating such as epoxy in the first place. Here are some of the issues!
Concrete floors are hard, so they are very durable, but that could lead to other problems. Walking on a bare concrete floor, or standing for long durations, will tire the feet.
A concrete floor does not absorb shock, so once your feet hit the floor, there is no cushion to protect them from the hard impact.
A bare concrete floor is porous, therefore it is sensitive to contaminant penetration. Uncoated concrete is also vulnerable to moisture and could be affected by issues such as freeze-thaw damage and rebar corrosion
Moisture trapped in the pores of a bare concrete floor will lead to bacteria growth and cause mold and mildew in your home.
Furthermore, in cold areas, the moisture is likely to freeze and expand, causing cracks to appear in the floor. This seriously damages the integrity of the floor.
It also worsens the problems I mentioned above and needs to be dealt ASAP. This does not happen with epoxy coating, which is yet another reason for the garage flooring epoxy upgrade.
Concrete does not store heat, therefore, it tends to remain cold, even in warm temperatures. Exposing your feet to concrete floors will cause your body to maintain the cold, and can cause diseases, such as arthritis, in the future. The use of rugs can prevent the coldness from getting through.
Bare concrete floors may lead to skin irritation, due to the chemicals in the cement. The chemicals become active, especially when wet, but even dry concrete may retain some irritant residues.
Standing or walking on bare feet, therefore, exposes the skin to the risk of irritation, which can result in rashes. Wearing socks, slippers, or shoes will minimize or eliminate the threat.
Bare concrete floors, when exposed to high traffic from forklift trucks, wheeled equipment, and pedestrians can lead to too much dust stirring from the floors.
Dust is the cause of many allergies, and it can also cause perishable products to go bad much more quickly, failure of specific equipment (due to dust buildup in their system), among other issues. Such areas, therefore, need constant cleaning.
Unlike other flooring alternatives, bare concrete floors don’t reflect light. They add no brightness to your space, so they don’t help to reduce your energy bills, like an epoxy floor would, for example. This makes them a bit of an expensive option, in the long run.
As for the warmth of the environment, It has been proven how important the subjective feeling of it is and how much impact it has on both productivity and overall enjoyment of the surrounding space.
To sum up, compared to bare concrete which has little if any light reflectivity, epoxy flooring can increase light reflectivity by up to three times, lowering light bills and making the room a brighter more pleasant place to be.
Bare concrete floors do not offer eye-catching appeal, because they lack patterns, textures, and colors that enhance the look of your space. A dull finish, especially in the workplace, will affect the morale of employees. In other places, it downplays the confidence of the occupants.
A finish with pleasant colors, patterns and textures has a very positive impact on the morale, confidence, and positivity of people in that environment, whether they are employes or occupants.
Concrete floors are generally uncomfortable for you to stand on for an extended period, and such discomfort may take a toll on the rest of the body. It can cause leg muscles and your back to ache, while the body feels fatigued. Rubber mats can alleviate such problems in areas where you tend to stand for long periods.
For business owners, there is also more wear and tear of your employees’ shoes and possible medical costs of injuries in case of tripping and falling on the harsh and rough concrete surface.
Without protection, bare concrete is susceptible to extreme temperatures, harsh chemicals, impacts, tyre traffic, de-icing salts which may end up in your garage and liquids of all kinds. In an industrial area, this could lead to the floor quickly becoming cracked, chipped, contaminated, unsafe and unclean.
In addition, there’s the matter of the dull, unpleasant and demotivating looks, the absence of light reflectivity and the overall unpleasant feeling we get from staring at the bare concrete.
Now that you are aware of the many dangers that a bare concrete floor poses, it is best to add some rugs, or choose other floors that do not have as many drawbacks, such as the option of epoxy floors which are easy to install by a reputable epoxy flooring company.