The average age of an American school facility is 42 years and many districts on the verge of significant upgrades, renovations, replacements, and improvements. Many of these enhancements start at the bottom; replacing aging floors with new flooring systems – which are the foundation of a school or campus’ design.
Schools have multiple purposes, thus requiring a mix-and-match approach to flooring. Carpet tiles are best in libraries and offices to minimize noise while springy wood plank is ideal in gymnasiums. However, in many other areas, epoxy resin coatings and polished concrete deliver on just about every demand that campus’ have. Plus, a concrete base is easily convertible by additional flooring materials if needed.
Design and aesthetics are only a part of the considerations coordinators for school facilities need to make. Other aspects include cleaning and maintenance cost mitigation, durability, safety features, installation costs. indoor air quality, and acoustics. Here are some of the benefits of selecting an epoxy or concrete-based flooring system.
Benefits of Epoxy or Polished Concrete Flooring in Schools
Health & Safety
Seamless epoxy flooring is impervious to bacteria and mold reducing the spread of germs, and, fostering student health. Epoxy flooring, specifically, is anti-microbial and inhibits pathogen growth. This is especially important in sports facilities and locker rooms.
Science laboratories benefit from hard wearing, resilient epoxy resin coatings more than any other flooring type. This is because epoxy resin withstands a gamut of toxic and corrosive chemicals, cleaners, water in addition to foot and equipment traffic. Similarly, cooking facilities are also well suited to epoxy surfaces due to stain and heat resistance.
Polished and stained concrete, as well as epoxy floors, can be customized with slip-resistant coatings. This additional safety measure is helpful in kitchens, restrooms, locker rooms, and hallways.
Both epoxy and polished concrete are environmentally friendly and sustainable. Neither contains harmful VOCs and both preserve indoor air quality with easy to clean surface and antimicrobial properties.
Cost & Value
Epoxy and polished concrete flooring are relatively inexpensive. Polished concrete is cost-effective to install and maintain. Sealed concrete floors can last 10 years, sometimes longer. It’s efficient to replace or repair if necessary. Keep in mind that polished concrete’s porosity decreases strength, in terms of impact as well as resistance to moisture, relative to epoxy flooring.
Both epoxy and concrete can last for a decade or more with proper maintenance, far outperforming other flooring materials. Epoxy and polished concrete offer value add with their ease of maintenance. They are easily cleanable with water or a ph neutral cleaner (like Sofia’s Soy Cleaner), a soft bristle broom or a blue commercial dust mop, or automatic floor scrubbers. This keeps janitorial costs low.
Professional installation by an experienced company like Pro Floor Design can be completed in as little as four days limiting your downtime and keeping you on schedule.
Epoxy and polished concrete floors can transform the look and feel of a school or campus. High sheen and customizable design options span a large array of colors and include options such as adding mascots or name, motivational quotes, and more which can be incorporated right into the floor.
Winter breaks are an ideal time to get a headstart on-campus facility renovations in both higher learning institutions and K-12 schools. With the students and faculty off campus celebrating the holidays, superintendents have a few weeks of downtime to get a head start on addressing aging areas of campus. Knocking out a few of your punch list items in the winter saves you valuable time in the summer. Because epoxy floors installation takes as little four days, winter break is the perfect time to update your flooring systems.