Installing a protective floor covering to the existing floors of a construction site, whether commercial or residential, is important. Construction work includes heavy machinery and equipment that can damage the existing surface of the construction site which can lead to costly repairs or, even worse, an accident that leads to injury. Thick rubber mats can protect the surface of existing floors from falling equipment and heavy machinery to prevent damage, such as cracks, dents and abrasions, from occurring to the floor surface and to the machines themselves. Additionally, it is a temporary protective floor covering that can be easily moved to different areas where protection is needed. Floor protection mats also help with the overall cleanliness of the construction site; their moisture-resistance makes heavy-duty matting made of rubber easy to clean.
What is the Most Durable Floor Covering?
Rubber floor protection mats are the most durable protective floor covering available due to rubber’s strength, resistance to moisture, shock absorbency and traction-enhancing abilities. Synthetic rubber variations can offer extra protection in the form of chemical and grease/oil resistance. Generally, due to rubber’s elasticity, it has excellent shock absorbing capabilities which is ideal for construction sites where much of the equipment and tools used are hard and heavy. Additionally, rubber is resistant to the effects of moisture, keeping the moisture on the surface of the temporary protective floor covering rather than on the surface of the floors. This is an important feature to have as moisture can ruin certain flooring types, such as tile and hardwood, are susceptible to damage caused by moisture. Furthermore, rubber’s moisture-resistance aids in enhancing traction on the surface of a protective floor mat so that construction workers do not have to worry about slips. Its grippy surface is able to retain traction even when wet to ensure construction equipment in use, such as ladders, stay safely and firmly in place.
1. How Do I Protect My Floor During Construction?
You can protect your floor during construction by placing a temporary protective floor covering to areas exposed to active construction or construction equipment. With different forms of protective floor coverings available, including rubber runners, modular/interlocking tiles and rubber mats, it is easy to find heavy-duty matting suitable for all areas of construction. For example, rubber runners, which are long strips of matting available to be cut at lengths up to 50 feet, are ideal for covering designated walkways in an active construction area. Modular, or interlocking, tiles, are ideal for covering large spaces and can be customized to fit a desired area. Smaller rubber mats are ideal for stationary construction workers and can be put under equipment, such as ladders and dollies. These protective floor coverings are ideal for construction sites due to their mobility and customizable options.
1(a). How Do I Protect a Concrete Floor in Construction?
You can protect a concrete floor by placing thick rubber mats made of synthetic rubber material due to their excellent shock absorbing and oil-resistant capabilities. Concrete floors are often found outdoors where they are exposed to elemental factors on top of construction activity. Although a strong and durable material, concrete is still subjected to damage caused by dropped tools or equipment, heavy machinery, construction vehicles and the oils that leak from machinery and vehicles. Heavy objects that are dropped directly onto a concrete surface can dent, crack or chip the material. Furthermore, concrete surfaces can become stained by the grease from active machinery which, although not impossible to remove, is difficult and costly. Thick rubber mats made of synthetic rubber, specifically nitrile, can guard against oil leaking from the machines. In addition, synthetic rubbers have enhanced strength when compared to natural variations of rubber. Both synthetic and natural rubber materials used to make heavy-duty matting retains a high tensile strength which makes it difficult to tear or break even under extreme pressure or weight. Most importantly, synthetic protective floor mats will guard against oil stains and will not deteriorate after coming in contact with the leaking oil.
1(b). How Do I Protect Marble Floors During Construction?
It is recommended to use heavy-duty matting as protective floor coverings to protect marble floors during construction because of rubber’s excellent capability to absorb the force of impact of falling objects. Marble is an extremely expensive, yet fragile, flooring option many people choose for their sleek and shiny aesthetics. Marble is a beautiful flooring option, but it is nearly impossible to repair once damaged; if reparations are possible, they will likely be very pricy. A rubber protective floor is thick and elastic enough that it will prevent impacts from reaching the surface of the marble subflooring and bounce back into place. Heavy equipment can also be placed on these thick rubber mats without damaging the floor underneath or the mats themselves due to their low compression set. This allows rubber to return to its original form after being compressed under heavy weights. These properties of rubber will protect even the most fragile flooring options, such as marble.
1(c). How Do You Protect a Tile Floor During Construction?
Moisture-resistant rubber floor protection mats can be used to protect tile floors during construction due to its ability to protect the tiles, mainly the mortar holding them in place, from moisture and physical damage. The tiles themselves are resistant to moisture, but the mortar that is used to install the tiles will deteriorate and loosen the tiles when coming in contact with moisture. Rubber is a non-porous, moisture-resistant material that will keep moisture on the surface of the protective floor mat and will not allow it to permeate through the mat allowing it to effectively protect the integrity of the tile floor. Tile is also easy to shatter or crack and it is difficult to repair due to the permanence of tile flooring. Thick rubber mats provide a durable protective floor covering between damaging physical forces and the tile floor underneath while also blocking moisture from deteriorating the integrity of the floor.
1(d). How Do You Protect Hardwood Floors During Construction?
Heavy-duty floor protection mats will guard hardwood floors during construction due to their ability to protect hardwood from abrasions, dents and cracks. Hardwood flooring is one of the most expensive flooring options available and the addition of a rubber protective floor will cut costs in repairs. Equipment and tools being dragged across hardwood floors can cause scrapes and abrasions that will require another finishing coat. Heavy tools that are dropped can create unsightly dents and cracks in the wood that may require a whole new plank. Rubber, a naturally abrasion-resistant material, will not be damaged by abrasive objects being dragged along its surface. Furthermore, these thick rubber mats provide a thick enough barrier between falling objects and the subfloors preventing dents and cracks.
How Can You Prevent Damage to Equipment?
Protective floor mats can help prevent damage to equipment by providing a cushioned barrier between active construction equipment and the subflooring. Much like how rubber protective floor coverings can protect the existing surface of a construction site, these thick rubber mats can also guard the equipment from hard surfaces. Most construction machinery are motorized meaning they are constantly rattling against hard surfaces. These can cause damage to the machine itself which can lead to malfunctions or an overall halt of the construction project. A rubber protective floor covering offers a soft, yet strong, surface for machinery and equipment to safely function on without worry of damage.
How Do You Control Construction Noise?
Thick rubber mats can control the amount of noise generated by large construction machines and equipment by dissipating the vibrations they emit. As much as the rattling of machinery damages floors and the machines themselves, they also emit vibrations that can create a loud buzzing. The thickness and force-dispersing physical structure of rubber protective floor coverings decrease the overall sound produced by vibrating machinery. Rubber heavy-duty matting is able to evenly distribute to force of vibrations across the surface of the mat, dampening the noise created. Granted, we cannot completely cut noise produced by machinery; however, thick rubber mats do an excellent job of reducing noise levels considerably.
How Do I Keep My Construction Site Clean?
Rubber protective floor coverings can help keep construction sites clean by preventing moisture, dirt and debris from being tracked. Moisture, dirt and debris on construction site floors can lead to slips, trips and falls which may lead to severe injuries due to the abrasive nature of construction sites and equipment. Other times, these materials can ruin the work already done, such as freshly pour concrete, which can lead to costly repairs. Rubber is a durable and moisture-resistant material that will keep moisture on the surface of the mat rather that on the surface of the construction site. Some heavy-duty matting come with a surface pattern that helps remove dirt and debris from shoes to prevent it from spreading. In addition, this protective floor option is a temporary protective floor covering making it easy to move out of the construction site for cleaning.
Construction sites experience heavy wear and tear caused by machinery and abrasive equipment or tools. A rubber protective floor can help keep a clean work site and guard against physical damage caused by rattling machinery and dropped tools that may lead to accidents. This heavy-duty matting will absorb the force of impact caused by vibrations and dropped equipment to prevent the force of the impact from reaching the surface of the floor. The mobility of these thick rubber mats makes it easy to move them to different areas as the construction progresses. Temporary protective floor covering makes it easy to protect the floor of a construction site by providing all-around protection against physical forces, moisture, dirt and debris.