Facilities in the chemical industry have strict requirements for their building materials. Flooring may be subjected to highly concentrated hazardous materials or dramatic temperatures. It must resist microbial contamination and comply with environmental regulations. The best flooring for the chemical industry is long lasting, easy to maintain, prevents chemicals from seeping into the environment, and resists chemical corrosion.
Clinical laboratories often operate 24/7. It is vital to invest in durable flooring at the outset, since shutting down the lab for replacement a few months or years in is not an option.
Laboratory flooring must be hygienic, particularly in the pharmaceutical and personal care industries. Fully vitrified tile is a natural and inorganic material that is unattractive to mold, bacteria, and other microorganisms. Because the tile is natural and free of toxic solvents, there is also no chance of abraded chemical particles contaminating products.
Fully vitrified tile is extremely moisture resistant, with a natural absorption rate of less than 0.1 percent. It requires no waterproofing; the ceramic molecules are so tightly compressed they do not allow moisture to permeate the tile. Ceramic does not react to acids, alkalis, or oils, so the floor’s natural chemical and water resistance never wears out.
This impermeable nature also makes tile easy to clean, as spills remain on the surface of the tile and are not absorbed. Argelith's unique baked finish reduces friction and enhances cleanability. Strong cleaners, harsh detergents, and steam jets can all be used to clean the floor without affecting the structural integrity of the tile.
Cove base is a basic requirement for laboratory flooring. This curved base softens the angle between the floor and the wall, protecting the wall and preventing moisture from becoming trapped in a 90-degree angle.
The features that make tile a good choice for pharmaceutical and personal care production also make it a solid choice for cannabis operations. The warm, humid conditions of a grow room require a floor that will resist moisture and mold. Tile is not only resistant to these conditions, its thickness and density provide superior protection to the concrete slab underneath.
Facilities that work with hazardous chemicals need a floor they can rely on to keep chemicals out of the environment. A weak or porous floor may allow substances to leak into the concrete substrate, and from there they can leach into the surrounding environment.
Fully vitrified tile has an absorption rate of 0.1 percent or lower, so it will not allow liquids to permeate to the subfloor. Ceramic is an inert, inorganic material that does not react to acids or alkalis, so chemical spills will not weaken its resistance over time.
Areas for chemical processing may be kept at a drastically different temperature than areas for chemical storage. Tile is resistant to thermal shock; it heats and cools slowly and evenly, protecting the concrete slab beneath. This temperature resistance also means it will not buckle in cold rooms or soften under boilers or steam jets.
Flooring is an investment in your facility. Choose poorly and you will pay for the mistake for years as you remediate failed areas or replace worn-out rooms.
Ceramic tile is unsurpassed in abrasion resistance and durability. Heavy machinery, high point loads, and heavy rolling traffic are supported with ease. Tile has a higher up-front price than some alternative flooring materials, but when annual costs of maintenance are calculated, it is one of the most affordable floors to own over the course of its useful life.
· Beauty and personal care products
· Fuel and energy
· Chemical processing
· Chemical storage
· Cleaning and household chemical production
· Additives and ingredients
Contact us for a free consultation to learn whether vitrified tile is the best option for your business.