Motor workshops are a demanding environment, with the floor subject to damage by frequent heavy traffic, oil and chemicals, and impact. This can compromise the integrity of the concrete, leading to scratches, cracks and other damage which lends itself to corrosion and possible safety concerns for workers, as well as looking unattractive to clients.
In order to maintain a safe and efficient workplace, an appropriate flooring solution needs to be installed to provide slip resistance, impact and wear resistance, and oil and chemical resistance, while maintaining aesthetic appeal.
Designed for the automotive industry
Hychem MotorTuff is a heavy-duty five-layer automotive flooring system that can be applied at a thickness of between 5-6mm, and if applied correctly, provides a 10 plus year service life. As MotorTuff creates a seamless coating, it is easy to clean any spills, which prevents fluids from penetrating the concrete and causing corrosion and staining. MotorTuff complies with the current AS/NZ 4586 – 2013 standard: Slip resistance classification of new pedestrian surface material and can be customised to meet a P4 rating.
“Unlike standard epoxy coatings, MotorTuff is specifically designed to meet the physical demands of the automotive industry," explains Chris Bauer, Head of Flooring at Hychem. "This system has the right balance of durability, cleanability, colour stability, and can be tailored to provide different degrees of slip resistance."
Mr Bauer said MotorTuff not only helps motor workshops maintain a clean environment but it has also been designed to deeply penetrate the concrete to prevent chipping and delamination. “MotorTuff’s thickness and high strength increase its impact and abrasion resistance which prevents damage from occurring," he explains. "If the floor is damaged, it can be costly to fix, especially if it needs to be reapplied, but this is not the case with MotorTuff as, if it is applied correctly, you can have peace of mind that it will withstand damage and will not need to be reapplied for 10 plus years.”
Creating the aesthetic
Flooring aesthetics play a major role in the overall look and feel of a space, and construction resins provide a solution that is aesthetically pleasing as well as functional. In addition to its practical benefits, MotorTuff will remain aesthetically pleasing. “The entire system is completed with a UV stable, clear glaze coating so it won’t discolour, and its durability means it won’t be ruined by scratches and cracks which make a floor look old and deteriorated,” Mr Bauer said. “There are also different colour options available so that owners can choose the colour they want.”