Choosing the Right Protective Coating for Your Industrial Concrete Floor

The concrete floor in your industrial facility is not like the concrete floor of your home's garage, in that you probably don't expose your home's garage to as many chemicals and solvents as you would in a warehouse or manufacturing plant. Concrete is very durable but it's not indestructible, which is why it's good to ensure it's always coated or sealed with the right protective coating. Note a few options you might use for your facility's concrete floor so you know your building is always in good shape and the floors are properly protected.


An epoxy covering is very adhesive so it's good for concrete that has been buffed or smoothed and which might already have a paint coating that also adds to the slick surface. Epoxy also has a nice shine to it, so it can create a more attractive appearance for a warehouse or production facility floor. Epoxy coatings are very affordable and easy to apply on your own, and they can stand up well against forklifts and other heavy vehicles. They're also very impact resistant, something to consider in warehouses where items might be dropped and otherwise chip or damage different coatings and the concrete itself.

Urethane cement

This type of coating is like a second layer of concrete that is placed over the floor but which is very thin and yet very durable. The added urethane mixture makes this cement less likely to chip or show burn marks from welding and other such equipment. It's also impact resistant and holds up well against water and moisture, so it protects concrete from humidity in smelting plants and other such areas. However, it's difficult to apply on your own and the urethane doesn't have the slick and shiny surface of epoxy, so it may not be as attractive as other options.

Protective paints

Protective paints used for concrete are not just a coat of colour; many have aggregates added, which give the paint a bumpy or textured surface for added traction, something to consider in wet conditions. Paints may also have a luminescent quality that makes them glow in the dark, which is needed when marking off lines and emergency exit signs. Some are also very dense so that they are a poor host to bacteria and germs, which you might need in food prep or medicine storage facilities. Other paints may actually be very porous so that they absorb sound, which can protect your concrete flooring but also create a quieter atmosphere in a production facility or warehouse.