Commercial & Industrial Interlocking Flooring
When to replace your lab flooring
We spend a lot of time in this space on what to buy for lab flooring. We have even written a book on it. With lesser frequency have we talked about when it’s time to replace your lab floor. Or what to look for. Here’s a short list:

Visible signs of wear and tear: Lab flooring can become worn and damaged over time due to heavy foot traffic, equipment movement, spills, and chemicals. Signs of wear and tear can include cracks, chips, peeling, and discoloration.

Contamination: Lab flooring is prone to contamination from chemicals, biological materials, and other hazardous substances. If your lab flooring is contaminated and cannot be adequately cleaned or decontaminated, it may be time to replace it.

Safety hazards: If your lab flooring has safety hazards such as slippery surfaces, uneven floors, or tripping hazards, it may be time to replace it.

Outdated or incompatible with current needs: Lab flooring technology is constantly evolving. If your lab flooring is outdated or no longer meets your needs, it may be time to replace it. For example, if your laboratory needs to accommodate heavier equipment or high-temperature processes, you may need to upgrade your flooring to meet these requirements.

Over time, laboratory flooring can become worn, damaged, or contaminated, which can compromise its integrity and increase the risk of accidents or contamination. The key consideration to replacing a lab floor is to do so before any of these things happen. If you’re unsure about if it’s time to replace your flooring, give us a call at 508-583-3200 and we can provide you an assessment.
Case study: Waterbury Hospital
“We needed to select flooring for the primary lab at Waterbury Hospital with the stipulation there could be little to no downtime. The hospital originally considered an epoxy but the existing floor was not in the greatest shape and the necessary drying time would require the lab to be unavailable for several days. We did some research and came across SelecTech. It’s FreeStyle BioLock product met the standards of what was needed for a hospital lab. Even better, with its interlocking technology, it could be installed over the existing floor. That essentially meant no down time for lab staff members. The installation of the 2200 square feet of flooring did require close coordination with hospital staff over the three days we were there. Yet when you consider the scope of the job, the superior quality of the floor and zero down time, going with SelecTech’s FreeStyle BioLock was a win for all parties.”

–Joe Cannizzaro, Desconn, Inc. Terrazzo & Epoxy Flooring Contractor, West Haven, CT

With all of the sophisticated equipment that goes into a healthcare facility, the choice of flooring can often be a secondary thought. However, the materials used can have significant effects on both the patients and the staff.

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