Top 3 Qualities that Allow Heavy-Duty Rubber Flooring to Do Its Job
What do you usually think about when you hear the word “industrial”? Perhaps you think of automated machinery building cars piece by piece a long line of assembly workers standing on hard flooring as they make plastic toys, or maybe that fascinating History Channel show “How It’s Made.” When I think of “industrial” locations, I often imagine towering smoke stacks blowing smog into the atmosphere. Greasy gear parts, a warehouse built on heavy-duty rubber flooring pops into my head.
The word “industrial” describes all of these images and then some. Industrial buildings and work areas are filled with heavy-duty machinery and busy employees, in addition to abrasive machine oil, grease, and lubricant. An industrial building can describe any number of locations, that’s why tough mats and resilient flooring are needed to handle any number of problems. Here are the top 3 qualities heavy-duty rubber flooring must have in order to do its job:
- Slip resistance: For floors that become slippery from oil and grease, rubber flooring provides a durable non-slip barrier. Nitrile rubber is often used to make industrial drainage mats because they are inherently water, oil, and grease resistant. Heavy-duty drainage mats may be placed in any chemical plant or food processing facility to prevent serious injury among employees.
- Shock absorption: One of the greatest uses for sturdy rubber mats is as a durable hard flooring in places where concrete and vinyl provide no cushioning for workers. In warehouses, the clanging and vibration from heavy equipment causes damage to industrial floors, while assembly line machinery, after vibrating against heavy concrete for months — or even years — can suffer irreparable damage. Heavy-duty rubber flooring will protect warehouse machinery and floors from harm by automatically absorbing harmful vibrations.
- Durability: Long lasting rubber flooring and mats are made out of synthetic and eco-friendly rubber. Rubber is naturally durable, slip-resistant and impact absorbent which means that the addition of industrial flooring will help combat the aforementioned dangers. Since rubber has a high coefficient of friction, resilient matting adds grip and traction to floors preventing employees from dangerous slips and falls. The impact absorbing nature of rubber flooring can serve as a cushion between heavy machinery and solid floors preventing the need for pricey maintenance and replacement costs.
In reality, industrial areas can be dangerous — a lot more dangerous than cartoons or TV shows like “How It’s Made” portray them. Adding a layer of heavy duty rubber flooring to any factory, warehouse, or assembly line can ensure employee safety and save your business money on maintenance and replacement costs.
Play it safe rather than sorry. Protect against all kinds of injuries, broken equipment, and worn concrete floors with versatile rubber flooring for warehouse applications.