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before and after images of the process of Indue installing industrial grade flooring in a food/beverage manufacturing plant

Sloping a floor is a solution for repairing floors and draining issues in industrial food and beverage manufacturing environments. When floors are not draining properly, water can begin to pool which can lead to dangerous bacterial harborage. Indue uses a multi-step process for sloping a floor. 


Sloping Considerations

When planning a sloped floor with the standard 1/8" drop in elevation per lineal foot, it is important to consider the following: 

1. Drains

Set at proper height relative to the surrounding floor

2. High Points

Strategically placed between drains, walls, doorways and equipment

3. Drainage Zones

Designed to ensure most efficient drainage and eliminate pooling

4. Termination Points

Doorways, adjacent areas and drains affected during planning process

5. Machines/Obstructions

Ideal to remove or raise, make a plan on how to coat under / around and around machine legs

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Sloping Solutions: Replacing Dairy Brick and Tile Systems

Many of the sloping projects we undertake involve the removal of brick or tile systems. The reason for this is that corrosive chemicals found in these processing environments eat away at grout lines, creating abscesses where bacteria collect and grow. If the grout deteriorates down to the tile bed, these chemicals and bacteria can spread beneath the tile. This creates a situation where bacterial growth can occur unnoticed and out of sight. The slab beneath the tile then gets exposed to harsh and corrosive chemicals and the concrete slab itself begins to deteriorate. 

Sloping System

Indu-Crete MT (Base Coat) 

Trowel-applied at 1/4" -  3/8" thickness, MT is an industrial strength urethane cement coating built to withstand the most formidable environments in your facility. An extremely durable coating, MT possesses excellent resistance to chemical attack, impacts, abrasion, and thermal shock. 

Indue ColorQuartz S Grade (Broadcast Aggregate) 

Indue ColorQuartz is a broadcast aggregate that is applied to the system giving it a non-skid profile and a uniform appearance. We offer multiple profile and color options customized to fit your specific needs. 

Indue UTC (Top Coat)

Our urethane top coat not only adds additional aesthetic appeal and makes the floor easier to clean, it extends the service life of your floor by sealing in the non-skid aggregate, increasing resistance to mechanical wear, and providing UV stability - keeping your floor looking better, longer. (8-15 mil)

Indu-Crete TF

Indu-Crete TF is a low-slump polyurethane concrete designed for superior performance in applications requiring a fill depth of greater than ½”. Based on our proprietary Indu-Crete technology, TF delivers the benefits of an industrial grade cementitious polyurethane in applications where concrete or slow setting grout is typically utilized. This means rather than waiting 5, 14 or even 30 days before a return to service, Indu-Crete TF allows you to be back up and running in as little as 24 hours.

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A properly sloped floor is an imperative component of sanitary design and safety. Improperly sloped floors can result in poor draining and standing water, a safety hazard for personnel and a breeding ground for bacteria.

Designing and installing a sloped floor can be challenging. It is a labor intensive process that takes careful planning with an eye for detail and an ability to adapt on the fly. Our team of veteran Project Managers can draw on countless hours of experience to execute these projects successfully. They will evaluate your floor, present a strategy, and implement a solution to help get your floor back in service as quickly as possible.

Benefits of Sloping:

- Laser guided elevations are taken to create a slope independent of the existing slab

- Removes imperfections in floor profile

- Fixes problems with drainage

- Reduces harborage points for bacteria and microbes

- Protects and reinforces the subfloor

- Improves sanitation and cleanliness

- Eliminates pooling

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