Troubleshooting Your CBD Facility Flooring

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January 16, 2020
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The cannabis industry is enjoying unprecedented growth, and there’s no sign of this upward trajectory tapering off. Growing and processing facilities are popping up throughout Oregon, and are especially concentrated here in the Portland area.

While there are certainly new construction CBD facilities, most are inhabiting and repurposing older spaces. The key is to make sure that these buildings are fully prepared to meet industry requirements, performing as you need them to despite their age.

In many cases, this starts with your floor.

Do you have the best system in place for your daily operations? The right choice is a huge asset, while overlooked flooring can pose a major liability.

What Do You Need from Your CBD Facility Floor System?

Here are the some of the most important attributes to consider:

  • Seamless surface, eliminating those crevices and cracks where contaminants will collect and grow.
  • Non-porous! Concrete may be hard, but it absorbs moisture quickly. For a clean, low-maintenance surface, it needs to be properly sealed and coated.
  • Include a cove-base, allowing for a smooth transition between wall and floor. Traditional, 90-degree joints create crevices that are impossible to keep clean.
  • Thermal shock resistance is also crucial, meaning that exposure to rapid temperatures changes won’t damage your system.
  • Extreme coating adhesion that can withstand frequent washing, high levels of foot traffic, abrasion, impact, etc.
  • Antimicrobial properties for a cleaner, more sanitary environment. This also helps you stay within the specific guidelines and regulations mandated for a CBD facility.
  • Slip-resistance, protecting your team even when conditions are wet.
  • Rapid return to service. Your coating needs to be installed quickly, cure quickly, and let you get to work.

That’s a lot to consider!

In short, you need a CBD flooring system that’s attractive, quick to install, safe, clean, and ultra-durable.

Is Bare Concrete an Option for CBD Growing and Processing Facilities?

In short, no.

But don’t just take our word for it. Here’s a closer look at the risk of keeping the concrete bare in your facility:

  • As we mentioned above, concrete is quite porous. Leaving it untreated and unprotected means that moisture will seep down into the floor, compromising its integrity, creating health hazards, and staining.
  • Even if your bare concrete is in good condition (maybe even brand new!), it still will have nooks and crannies where bacteria can grow. You need to seal that surface.
  • CBD growing facilities are often warm and damp, creating ideal conditions for bacterial growth. Unprotected flooring is extremely difficult to clean, making it a breeding ground for contaminants.
  • Concrete may be hard but it’s also brittle, and is easily chipped, cracked, and damaged.

Polyurea Floor Coatings for CBD Facilities

While traditional epoxy coatings have dominated the market for decades, many professionals in the CBD industry are switching to polyurea systems instead.

What are the key differences?

  • Polyurea floor coatings cure quickly, letting you resume operations within a day or two rather than waiting numerous days for epoxy to harden.
  • Polyurea is low-VOC, meaning that it doesn’t create lingering fumes. This contributes to a faster return to service, as well as a more pleasant environment as a whole during the installation process.
  • Polyurea is 4x stronger than epoxy, and much, much more flexible.
  • The style is fully customizable, with optional chips or solid-color coatings (learn more about our chip systems here).
  • Polyurea is antimicrobial, helping you to keep a clean, healthy work environment.
  • Very easy to clean and maintain, keeping your costs lower over time.

If you have any specific questions about the flooring system in your cannabis facility, please feel free to contact Webfoot Concrete Coatings. It would be our pleasure to talk flooring with you.

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