Chemical Proof Floors Electro Chemical


Matching the right chemical proof flooring system to your requirements provides the lowest life-cycle costs. The most cost-effective flooring system can be determined after understanding the chemistry, frequency of chemical contact with the floor, layout of the equipment, expected traffic, frequency and aggressiveness of the cleaning requirements, and design life of the system. Different flooring system options are summarized below:

Floor Type Best Suited For Benefits

Acid Brick
  • Extremely harsh chemical environments
  • Multiple chemicals, high concentrations
  • Continuously wet service conditions
  • Heavy forklift traffic
  • Aggressive cleaning requirements (e.g. FDA)
  • Long life (20+ years)
  • Superior concrete protection
  • Low annual maintenance costs
  • Lowest life-cycle cost when long floor life is required or heavy forklift traffic is expected


Monolithic Topping
  • Moderate chemical environments
  • Fewer chemicals, lower concentrations
  • "Splash & spill" service
  • Light forklift traffic
  • Aggressive cleaning requirements (e.g. FDA)
  • Life expectancy 5-10 years if properly installed and maintained
  • Lower initial capital cost than acid brick (but annual maintenance costs and replacement frequency will be higher)
  • Excellent concrete protection
  • Lowest life-cycle cost for less harsh chemical environments with light traffic


Polymer Coating
  • Mild chemical environment
  • Few chemicals, low concentrations
  • "Splash & spill" service
  • Primarily foot traffic
  • Normal commercial cleaning (e.g. detergent & water, solvent wipe)
  • Life expectancy 3-7 years if properly installed and maintained
  • Lower initial capital cost than other floor systems (but annual maintenance costs and replacement frequency will be higher)
  • Good concrete protection
  • Lowest life-cycle cost for gentle chemical environments

In addition to industrial floors, other systems in manufacturing areas that require chemical proof protection of concrete substrates include secondary containment systems, trenches, sumps, pits, and manholes. In addition to the traditional flooring systems described above, these areas also utilize elastomeric and polymeric membrane lining systems as well as fabricated plastic linings. Electro Chemical has strong expertise with these lining systems, and can install or refurbish them as stand-alone projects or as part of a larger construction project.

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