Floor finishes are primarily used for two reasons: to add shine to floors and to protect them from wear. This may seem straightforward enough, but selecting the right floor finish can actually be quite tricky.
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Floor finishes can vary in a number of ways. To make the right choice, keep the following in mind:
Durability: The durability of a floor finish depends on the quality of the polymers used in the finish and the number of coats applied.
Sheen level: Every finish offers a certain level of sheen, which can range from matte to ultra-glossy. The glossiest finishes require more frequent maintenance using specific machines and buffers.
Type of flooring: The floor finish must be compatible with the flooring; keep in mind that not all floors are compatible with a floor finish.
Daily maintenance: The amount of time that needs to be allocated to maintaining the finish will have a direct impact on your labour costs. Avoid using a high-gloss finish if you do not have the necessary equipment or labour budget to properly maintain it.
Number of coats and drying time: Approximately 80% of the total cost of applying a floor finish goes to labour, so keep the number of coats and drying time in mind.
Other important criteria:
- Type and intensity of floor traffic
- Site-specific contract constraints that may limit your options
- Experience level of staff who will be applying and maintaining the finish
In short, to properly choose a floor finish, you need to know what type of flooring you’ll be working with, along with your existing equipment, budget, available staff and the facility in question.
Consulting a floor finish specialist will ensure you choose the right finish for your needs. It’ll save you not only headaches, but time and money as well.
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