If you've rented a warehouse to convert into an auto showroom, you may be pleased that the space has concrete flooring. Concrete floors are durable and can handle the weight of the cars and large amounts of people. However, you might want to consider having the floors polished or coated with epoxy paint. Here's why.
More Attractive and Professional Look
Most warehouses have a dull concrete floor because there is no need to have a shiny or attractive finish. In your showroom, however, the ambiance is important to provide an attractive space for your cars. A high polish on the concrete floors can give them an instant upgrade. Reflecting light is another thing that a highly polished floor can do beautifully. That means you may need less lighting overhead and because the space is so well-lit, it will look more like a glamorous showroom and not just a plain warehouse.
If you select epoxy paint, you can even create a sense of drama by using different colors on the floor throughout the space.
When you have polished concrete floors, you don't have to worry about dust or other types of debris. With unpolished concrete, you're likely to need a broom that can prove disappointing at getting up all the dust on the ground, because dirt can settle in cracks and crevices. With a polished or coated floor, a damp mop can be pulled across it regularly so that dust is no longer a problem for you.
Concrete floors, left untouched, are not very good at resisting oil spills, skid marks and dings from heavy equipment dropping off your cars. To protect your flooring from the many vehicles and people that will be on them, polishing or coating your floors can be a way to provide a barrier that can be easily cleaned. If oil or other liquids are spilled, cleanup is easier and it is unlikely that there will be lasting marks which look unsightly.
Because concrete is such a hard surface, visitors to your showroom could get hurt if they fall. If you consider this to be a serious concern for your own customers, there are certain epoxies with anti-slip properties.
Coated or polished concrete floors can be a beautiful way to enhance your showroom in a number of ways. Talk with flooring contractors who can advise you about which solution will be most suitable for your space.