Why SPARTACOTE is the solution to difficulties in aviation hangar flooring system designs and in airplane mechanical areas – problems encountered and their potential solutions
Aviation and aircraft hangar flooring is a difficult environment when it comes to flooring. Regular concrete cracks and spalls in it. Also, plain old concrete excessively stains when it is subjected to oil spills and hydraulic fluids found in this environment. Untreated concrete floors also are very difficult to clean and to keep clean, which makes them unattractive options for aviation hangar spaces.
Are traditional epoxy floor coatings good solutions for aviation hangars and mechanical areas?
Some aviators and hangar facility managers turn to traditional concrete coating options, like epoxy floors. While epoxy floors look nice and are customizable, they are not without their drawbacks. Epoxy floors are multi-day installations, depending upon the project size. They typically need around 6 to 8 hours’ cure time between coats, causing the facility to be down and out of service the entire time. The aviation industry cannot afford to have their airplanes stored outside in the random weather elements for days while they wait for their new epoxy floor to be completed over a week’s time. Another drawback with epoxy coatings is they brittle over time and are not highly durable. Depending upon environmental and concrete surface prep conditions, epoxy can brittle in as little as 12 months. Epoxy that delaminates in this fashion makes for upset facility managers and airplane owners. While epoxy coatings are good flooring solutions for small spaces, they are not great solutions for larger square feet areas, such as aircraft hangars.
How about polished concrete? Is it a good flooring solution for aviation hangars and mechanical areas?
Polished concrete is another potential flooring solution hangar facility managers may consider for their floors. Polished concrete offers several awesome floor owner and facility manager benefits, such as a highly polished finish, LEED Green points, environmentally-friendly qualities, limitless customizable options, and long lasting durability. While polished concrete is a great flooring solution for many different applications and spaces, it isn’t a great choice when it comes to aviation hangars. Polished concrete is a process. It is a set of steps (think various grits of sandpaper) the polisher goes through on a concrete floor to continuously hone it to a specified level of gloss. It takes time. For big spaces, such as airplane hangar concrete floors, it can take up to two or three weeks for a polished concrete contractor to complete the project. Additionally, despite polished concrete’s numerous owner benefits, it does not take oil staining or hydraulic fluids well. Unless there is a thick topical chemical guard treatment applied to the polished concrete, the oil spill will penetrate the concrete, causing permanent staining. As any aircraft mechanic will tell you, it is difficult keeping up with accidental oil and hydraulic spills, let alone getting them cleaned up immediately. It is for these two reasons, installation time and lack of good oil and hydraulic spill solutions, that polished concrete is not a good flooring solution for aviation hangars.
Why SPARTACOTE concrete coatings are excellent flooring solutions for aviation hangars and mechanical areas
SPARTACOTE customizable concrete coatings are an excellent choice for aviation hangars and aircraft mechanical areas. What makes SPARTACOTE coatings different from polished concrete and traditional epoxy coating systems? SPARTACOTE coatings offer floor owners fast return to service—often with work performed in 1 day for certain sized applications. SPARTACOTE coatings offer floor owners excellent chemical resistance, including salt, water, and oils. For aviation facilities specifically, SPARTACOTE resists Skydrol B, the hydraulic fluid found in airplanes that may accidentally spill out on to the floor while performing routine aircraft maintenance. Since SPARTACOTE is a seamless flooring solution, no liquids can penetrate the surface.
SPARTACOTE applicators have successfully applied custom concrete coatings in the following aviation hangars and mechanical areas throughout the U.S.:
National Aviation Hangar shop floor – Clearwater, FL
American Airlines hangar floor – Tulsa, OK
Lewis University Hangar & shop floor – Chicago, IL
AccuPrecision Manufacturing (aircraft parts manufacturer) – Denver, CO
Galveston Airport Fire Station – Galveston, TX
United Airlines Parts Distribution Center – Washington, D.C. (IAD)
Delta Airlines Service Building – Denver, CO
Great Floors Private Aircraft Hangar in Idaho
Royal Air Force hangar – Saskatoon, Canada
To recap, SPARTACOTE concrete coatings offer aviation hangars and facility managers:
-Fast return to service with minimal downtime
-Customizable colors and textures
-No hot tire pickup
-Safe, high traction flooring
-Excellent chemical resistance
-Excellent impact and abrasion resistance
-Durable, long-lasting qualities
Find out what SPARTACOTE customizable coatings can do for your aviation hangar facility. Contact a LATICRETE technical sales rep near you. To find one, call 203-393-0010 or visit LATICRETE.com to chat online with a SPARTACOTE expert.