In areas of high traffic, across cities, work spaces and factories, there is a significant amount of wear which can be caused by cars and other vehicles. Although cars, buses, bicycles, forklifts and other motorized machines are incredibly useful in their various applications, on the wrong floor surface they can cause damage beyond what most people would normally estimate. It is therefore important to protect surfaces with an appropriate coating, limiting the level of lasting marks left by tires and vehicle movement. Whether or not the traffic is lightweight or more often by heavy, load bearing, vehicle movement, the right coating on the surface of the floor can make a substantial difference.
When choosing a coating material, consider the needs of the area. In a car park or highway location, it will need to withstand heavy use – in a workshop or garage, the vehicles might be larger and heavier but might be moved less often. Balancing these factors is essential to choosing the right coating. Most need to be sturdy enough and hard wearing enough to cope with having many thousands of pounds in weight of car or truck passing over it, perhaps every day. Each coating will have a list of its suitable applications, or professional companies can be used to help get the best possible results. One major problem faced by vehicular coatings is the issue of ‘hot tire lifting’ or ‘hot tire pick up’. This is where the heat of the tire comes into contact with the top of the coating layer, heating it dramatically over a short space of time and causing it to stick to the rubber. The curing process is reactivated, making the coating return to its liquid form which makes it very sticky – and the action of the car driving away leaves patches of damage on the floor where areas are pulled off by this movement. It’s always best to have a professional deck waterproofing company handle vehicular traffic coating to ensure the job is done correctly the first time.