Is Your Damaged Concrete Floor Costing you a lot in Forklift Repairs or Operation?

Posted by Pedram Mojarrad on

It’s not uncommon and you’re not alone...

There are a lot of warehouses and factories with damaged concrete floor, out there and many of our concrete repair calls are because this damage is costing the team a lot, to repair the forklifts and it is an on-going problem. If you have found yourself replacing patches after patches in concrete joints and are tired of spending the effort on repairs to the floor and to your forklifts, this post is for you.

 

damage in concrete floor

Damaged concrete floors caused COSTLY forklift

repairs and slowed facilities production

 

 

Damaged Joint

Damaged concrete joints 

 

Solution: Repair the Concrete for GOOD!

Repair of concrete floors and driveways is our expertise and we know how to provide a lasting and industrial strength concrete repair for each of our customers – no matter the weight or volume of the traffic the concrete floor gets – it can be done!

We start any concrete repair project with an assessment: What type of forklifts are being used? How many are there? How old is the building? What is underneath? And so on. It is important that we understand the needs of the facility before recommending a course of action.

Typically, we find that most of the concrete damage is at the joints (or around them). And sometimes, close to columns, walls and other vertical elements.

Concrete joint damage can slow down forklift traffic, cause unnecessary repairs, and really just COST YOU MONEY. It is our ultimate goal to save you money on concrete and forklift maintenance and here’s how:

 

First: Cut out deep (deeper than what it is now) walls around the concrete – this gives the patching material something strong to hold onto and eliminates it from popping out under heavy traffic. If the concrete is weak we have to strengthen it – a patch is only as good as what’s underneath it.


Concrete is cut square and cleaned.

Second: Clean the surface using high pressure air or water. Cleaning is a crucial step – even more important than the type of repair product you will use.

 

squared repair

Third: Prepare the mixture of high strength and high bond repair mortar and apply it into the patch. These products react quickly to provide the maximum bond and maximum strength. Bonus: downtime is very little for your warehouse.

The fact is, that in 90% of concrete floors jobs at warehouses and factories, your only option is epoxy repair products. Cement-based product cannot really withstand the impacts from forklift wheels and take much longer before they can take any traffic. Let alone, how weak they can be at tensile strength and can easily crack and cause more issues. 

Multi-Filla
Concrete Epoxy HV
 

 

Concrete Repair Epoxy

 

For narrow and/or deep cracks, we cal also offer these low viscosity products:

 

Concrete Epoxy LV

 

Epoxymix- Crack Repair LV

 

The repair products are usually trafficable after 6 to 12 hours curing (depending on the product, please check with the datasheet)

Fourth: You may grind the patch repair, to flush with the existing surface. But it is important to let the repair product cure for at least 72 hours before grinding. Grinding the patch flush eliminates any points of impact that would jostle the patch loose.

Fifth: If you are rebuilding a damaged concrete joint, you may need to remove the joint sealant and use a flexible PU based construction joint sealant, such as Flex-O-Seal.

 

For any question, you are more than welcome to speak to one of our Gurus on:

+61 2 8833 1421

info@gessgroup.com.au


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