Walk in coolers, freezers, and cold storage areas are integral parts to your facility’s productivity. Just like the processing area, these areas of sub-freezing temperatures are also subject to floor damage from normal wear and tear. If these cracks, spalls, or chipped floors go unfixed, it could lead to delays in production or even create a tripping hazard. Most repair materials cannot be applied in ambient temperatures and tend to lose their shore hardness. Selecting the correct application is just as important as the actual repair. Below are a few simple rules to follow when selecting a cold storage repair material:
4 Things to Consider When Selecting the Correct Materials for Repairing Floor Joints in Cold Storage Areas
- Materials that can be applied in ambient temperatures causing them to become brittle and lose hardness.
- Let’s face it, taking an entire cooler or freezer area down to repair a crack is just not practical. The reality is, you don’t have to take your cooler or cold storage area out of service to do these repairs. Quick return to service repairs is ideal.
- Selecting materials that are USDA approved and low/no VOC
- Low viscosity that will penetrate concrete for a permanent bond
There are easy to use materials that could return your area back to traffic ready within the same shift. These repair processes can be done with the equipment that you already have, or with very little investment on additional maintenance tools. Addressing these problems will allow you to do these repairs on a crucial part of your production process on your own time and save the headache of potentially shutting down the entire cold storage area.
Did you know that there are repair materials that you could allow you to permanently fix a damaged joint and be traffic ready in 3 hours without losing any time out of service? What could you do with the time that was saved?
|Material||Ease of Application||Application Temperature||Time to Traffic Ready|
|Rapid setting, polyurea polymer to fill and protect joints subject to hard wheels and heavy loads from (-30) degrees |
|Dual cartridge gun||-30°F – 120°F||3-5 hrs. @0°F|
|2-part hybrid urethane that forms with sand to form tough instant polymer concrete|
(10 min mender)
|Cartridge combined with sand||-30°F – 120°F||10 mins @72|
|VersaFlex SL 75/90||n/a||-40°F – 130°F||60 mins|