Choosing the right freezer floor for your facility can have a huge impact on cost, efficiency and durability.
With so many other factors to consider in building a freezer facility, it can be easy to make the mistake of overlooking the freezer floor. However the floor plays an important role in the longevity, safety and hygiene of your facility.
Over the course of the design process, you will notice that there are both concrete freezer floors and epoxy floors to consider. However in general terms the freezer floor is crucial in maintaining a tight building envelope and preventing thermal bridges, stopping heat loss and cutting energy costs.
In freezer facilities that deal with extremely low temperatures, the floor is of even greater importance. With concrete freezer floors, moisture in the ground below may freeze and expand, causing the concrete to rise and split. This is known as heaving and can cause expensive damage to your facility.
Heaving can be prevented by the use of a heating system in the floor to stop moisture in the ground from freezing. Different floors and heating systems will be necessary depending on differences in construction and substrata.
Concrete freezer floors with heating systems can also be covered by epoxy floors, which are used to seal the freezer floor and prevent moisture from reaching the substrata. They are also good for maintaining hygiene and sanitation, which is important for many freezers including food and pharmaceutical facilities, and improve safety by offering a non-slip surface. Another benefit of epoxy floors is that various types can be installed at sub-zero temperatures, reducing downtime at your facility and lowering the costs of installation.
When it comes to choosing a freezer floor, most facilities will require high-compressive strength, durability, long-term energy efficiency and minimum deformation. With the entire weight of the racks resting on the floor, you’ll also need a high load-bearing capacity.
At A-N-C Cold Storage Construction we make it our business to keep up with the latest developments in freezer floor technology. We are experts in concrete freezer floors and epoxy floors, with a strong track record in advising clients on the perfect floor for their facility.
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