Watch Your Step! Flooring For Your Custom Fiberglass ShelterMonday, January 5, 2015
The type of walking surface that comes in a shelter is up to you. We offer several different options to meet the needs of a variety of projects. Whether it’s environmental or economic factors that drive your decision, we have a solution.
Our most commonly used, and most economical option is one that doesn’t come with any floor at all. The end user pours concrete, usually a full slab, and the shelter is affixed, using anchor bolts every 24”, to the concrete through the shelter’s interior fiberglass flange. (High wind load areas may require closer spacing.) Heavy duty ConSeal™ bitumen gasket between the building and the concrete prevents rain from entering the space.
Another option is ¾” plywood completely encapsulated in fiberglass. This reinforced fiberglass floor is installed inside the building above the interior base flange so it rarely comes into any contact with water. This is an excellent long-term floor and it’s covered by our industry leading 25-Year Warranty. If you are concerned about slips and falls we can easily add a gritty skid resistant texture to your fiberglass floor to reduce slipping.
Prefer a more finished look? You can add an industrial grade vinyl tile for a more attractive interior appearance while offering the durability 1/8-inch thick tile. This also gives you a greater variety of options when it comes to floor color. This good looking floor is popular amongst our telecom customers.
Does your project require you to prevent hazardous spills from exiting the building? We can custom design a containment floor for you. Our liquid-tight containment basins are designed with the depth needed for the worst-case volume. Remove any spilled liquid with a sump, a side wall drain, or a bottom drain of your choosing. For particularly aggressive chemicals, we can use a high-end resin specifically designed to withstand the threat. If an operator might need to enter the building before the spill can be properly disposed of, there’s the option of a fiberglass grating walking surface that’s supported above the containment basin.What if the shelter floor needs to carry a heavy load during transport prior to final installation?
We offer a metal base frame with powder coat or 2-part epoxy paint to keep it protected from the elements. A floor load of thousands of pounds can be easily supported with lifting eyes firmly welded to a metal frame with the correct C-channel thickness. We’ve shipped several buildings on 8” channel, one weighed nearly 15,000 lbs!
When a metal frame is specified, an additional floor option becomes available: the ubiquitous diamond plate metal walking surface. A metal floor is the least expensive of all the options, with the downside that it may not last as long as a multi-generational fiberglass floor.
Therer are a variety of options available to you when it comes to designing your custom shelter. We offer a wide range of solutions that will help you get the best possible shelter to meet your project’s needs.