Top ten tips on choosing a specialist concrete flooring contractor
Jul 15th, 10:31
Clients, developers and contractors are often presented with a choice of flooring contractors to use for their new warehouse developments. Comparing like for like is not always straightforward and a decision based only on price could result in long term operational/maintenance issues for the warehouse operator.
1. Think long term
Purely cost driven tendering and procurement is commonly reflected in performance and durability; short term financial benefits can soon become long term maintenance and operational losses. Consider investing in your floor; the right design solution for your current and future needs.
2. Reduce your risk
A specialist flooring contractor will take responsibility for the complete flooring package from design through production and provide on-going assurance with appropriate insurance guarantees. Look for a specialist contractor offering in-house design service backed up by their own PI insurance.
3. Beware cheap imitations
Ensure you are being provided with quality materials suitable and proven for the floor slab:
• Concrete – who is providing, co-ordinating, controlling mix design and delivery to site?
• Reinforcement – from a reputable supplier supported by independent test results and a proven track record?
• Superplasticiser – left to chance or quality controlled on site?
• Dryshake topping – correctly specified, appropriate dosage and timely application?
The Specialist Contract or should demonstrate complete understanding and capability to properly control the entire production process including the design and production of the major constituent of any floor, the concrete. Over reliance on the concrete supplier (whose focus is different), will eventually lead to poor floor quality and reduced durability.
Reputable specialist flooring contractors know the importance of good quality concrete at all stages of floor production and despite costs will always use the most optimal concrete. Cutting costs by using poor quality concrete mixes not compliant to major international floor design bases may produce an apparently acceptable short term result but will be reflected in mid-term operation. The Clients team should verify this important item prior to final selection of a flooring contractor.
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