One of the most valuable elements of a modern logistics centre is its concrete warehouse floor. Since the core activity of every distribution operation takes place on these floors, they are designed and constructed to be hard-wearing. Even so, warehouse floors are not indestructible and they must be properly maintained to ensure consistent operational efficiency. Further, with a regular maintenance programme, occupiers can avoid not only the expense of unnecessary repairs, but also the far greater cost of reinstating the floor at the end of their lease.
As the owner of around 24 million square feet of logistics property in the UK, Prologis is often asked by customers for advice on how to look after their concrete floors. So, working with Stanford Flooring, we have written Maintaining Concrete Floors Means Long-Term Cost Savings, a Technical Insight that guides occupiers through the necessary steps to keep their floors in good working order.
The areas we cover are as follows:
- Defect or maintenance issue: distinguishing between a one-off construction defect and day-to-day wear and tear
- Regular cleaning requirements, equipment and materials
- Dealing with spillages
- Surface wear, cracks and damage
- Maintaining and repairing joints
- Inspection and action schedule