For an industrial or commercial floor to operate effectively it must be hard-wearing, versatile and able to withstand everything from heavy foot-traffic, to frequent steam cleaning, to fork lift trucks and hefty machinery. Mastic asphalt is up for the job, a heavy duty, seamless flooring solution that is capable of outperforming and outlasting practically every other type of flooring material in the demanding world of manufacturing plants, factories and warehouses.
Floors in industry are constantly under stress whether it is water, chemicals, temperature variations, cleaning agents, mechanical loads such as forklift trucks or pallet drivers. It’s absolutely critical that floors not only meet health and safety guidelines, but also offer exceptional slip resistance, clean ability and durability.
In the past, ceramic tiles might have been the go-to solution but they have their own set of problems in this sector and can be dislodged chipped or their grout might breakdown in the steam-cleaning process, leading to hygiene issues, particularly in food production facilities. Mastic asphalt is ideal for floors in the food manufacturing industry, a hygenic, slip resistant and easy-to-clean solution which can handle variations in temperature, mechanical loads and wear.
Mastic asphalt can be quickly installed using a hot charge process, and it cools very rapidly. This ensures minimal downtime during installation or maintenance – allowing machinery to be replaced within two to three hours (depending upon ambient temperature) and keeping production operations on track.Once installed, mastic asphalt offers a quality, dust-free, seamless and user-friendly surface. This makes it perfect for industrial applications, where there are likely to be high levels of traffic from forklifts and similar vehicles. Special grades of mastic asphalt can also be used for flooring applications where spark-resistant properties are vital or when increased resistance to acid solutions is required.
Once installed, mastic asphalt offers a quality, dust-free, seamless and user-friendly surface. This makes it perfect for industrial applications, where there are likely to be high levels of traffic from forklifts and similar vehicles. Special grades of mastic asphalt can also be used for flooring applications where spark-resistant properties are vital or when increased resistance to acid solutions is required.
In the commercial sector, the resurgence in terrazzo flooring due to durability, longevity, low maintenance and a long and rich history is testament to its unbeatable status as a flooring solution that stands the test of time.
From showrooms to restaurants, new interpretations of this timeless floor sees mastic asphalt combined with decorative aggregate and then polished to create infinite possibilities in any design situation. It’s easy to install, and if damaged, inexpensive to repair, which makes it a truly versatile product suitable for many high-traffic locations. It is also contemporary in look, with a high-quality, glossy finish.
Constantly evolving, mastic asphalt terrazzo flooring(MAT) is one of the most adaptable floors on the market, as it can be tailored with different grades and a choice of coloured aggregatewhich is added at the mixing point to provide a bespoke, attractive surface. Built to last, seamless and requiring minimal maintenance, (MAT) flooring will look good year-after-year and adds style to any commercial flooring project.
Green and recyclable
As if mastic asphalt’s versatility, cost-effectiveness and durability weren’t enough within the industrial and commercial sectors, it is also seen as one of the greenest construction materials in the UK.
Its eco-friendly qualities are appealing to specifiers who are increasingly more environmentally aware, providing a surge in interest for this most traditional of methods. When the mastic asphalt eventually does reach the end of its life, it can be recycled and broken down into hardcore or used in mastic asphalt roof screeds, helping protect the environment as well as the building for years to come.