Industrial flooring and living environment

Industrial flooring may be an alternative to economic areas. What effects an industrial floor can have on the room and working climate, and on which industrial floors there may be potential health risks, is explained in this article.

Fields of application for industrial floors

An industrial floor is not suitable for living spaces. Here you better fall back on a screed. In some rooms, however, an industrial floor can theoretically be produced:

  • in basements
  • in workshops and hobby rooms
  • in garages, especially if they are also being repaired or worked there

Skid resistance

Not all industrial floors are actually non-slip. Especially in wet conditions (condensation in the garage, spilled liquids, etc.), there may be a high risk of slipping on individual types of soil.

Many industrial floors are particularly smooth, but in conjunction with wetness, good adhesion is sometimes ruled out.

In order to avoid accidents, an industrial floor can also be slip-resistant. You should pay attention to this point in any case.

Pollutants

Industrial floors are not always low in pollutants. Unlike in residential areas, less attention is paid to the health of people working in commercial buildings and halls. Accordingly, there are no rules as to how the soil must be.

Irritant effect only during processing

Epoxy resins (the most commonly used coating) are an environmentally hazardous and hazardous substance. Processing may cause severe irritation of the skin and mucous membranes, and inhalation of epoxy fumes during processing may cause various symptoms, such as respiratory distress and breast puncture.

After curing, only the outgassing of pollutants occurs, the acute irritant effect of the EP resin is then no longer to be feared.

Outgassing of Cured Products

EP resin bottoms contain a hardener component and a solvent component. Both may degas harmful substances and solvents even after curing.

Studies are always limited to the processing of the products, as they are likely to cause the greatest and most acute health risks.

In principle, however, solvent vapors are considered hazardous to health in the long term. Individual symptoms may occur when exposed to solvent fumes for extended periods of time. These are symptoms such as:

  • headache
  • difficulty concentrating
  • dizziness
  • insomnia
  • nausea

A long-term effect is not yet seriously explored.

AgBB certificate

In Germany there is the AgBB, the state committee for the health assessment of construction products. There are some coatings and some soils examined, and classified as low in emissions. Such coatings are certainly to be preferred.

However, the basic requirements imposed by the AgBB are not effective enough to rule out long-term damage to health in all soils.

Alternatives

In case of doubt, one should rather resort to an ecologically and healthier alternative - such as linoleum which is also highly durable and very durable, but a natural substance is virtually pollutant-free.

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