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Everyone wants beautiful, slip-resistant hangar floors to display and safely house their aircraft fleet, but for aircraft maintenance operations it’s more about the floor’s performance and function. Believe it or not, your maintenance hangar floor plays a major role not only in maintenance workmanship and efficiency, but also in general fleet safety…both on the ground and in the sky.

Impact and Abrasion Resistance

Aircraft repair and maintenance operations require flooring that can stand up to heavy wear and impact abuse. Engines, heavy parts, equipment hoists and jacks scraping across the floor can badly damage bare concrete. Additionally, impact from falling engine parts, dropped tools, or sharp objects coming into contact with the floor can damage the concrete surface. Polymer floor coatings and resurfacers are designed to provide enhanced impact and abrasion resistance, with some options being three to four times more impact and abrasion resistant than bare concrete.

Resistance from Chemical Attack

Aircraft maintenance operations require the use of specialized chemicals, oils and fuels, such as Skydrol and Ardrox 2871 stripper. These chemicals can damage bare concrete and permeate through the slab and into the earth below. A chemical-resistant polymer floor coating can help contain chemical spills and immersion, protecting your concrete substrate and surrounding environment. Depending on the system chosen, a chemical-resistant polymer floor coating can withstand casual splash and spill, or continuous immersion, of these aviation-related chemicals.

Light-Reflectance for Improved Visibility

Has your mechanic ever dropped a screw or nut on a dark floor and had a problem finding it?  Or, would some additional light help your maintenance crew better see into the engine cavity?  Quick maintenance turnarounds are important.  A bright, high-gloss polymer floor increases all available light, reduces the need for additional ceiling lights and improves the efficiency of your work processes.

ESD-Control for Sensitive Electronic Components

Avionics systems and specialized gear contain highly sensitive electronic components. These sensitive components are susceptible to damage caused by static discharge. A comprehensive ESD-control program should be a part of every avionics maintenance operation. An ESD-control polymer floor provides a solid foundation for any comprehensive ESD-control program.

Do you need some help?

Contact us with your questions and share your stories.  We would be glad to hear from you and tell you about our HangarSpec aviation floor coating systems!

Building a new hangar or maintaining an existing one? Your floors are an integral part of the process, and we can help. Download our latest white paper, or sign-up for our FREE HangarSpec Floor Systems informational kit and we will ship it right out to you.

Sean Walsh

Marketing & Product Development Manager at Protective Industrial Polymers
Sean Walsh is the Marketing & Product Development Manager of Protective Industrial Polymers, a company that manufactures high-performance resinous floor coatings for industrial manufacturing environments, which has a keen focus on developing unique solutions for managing electrostatic, microbial, chemical, explosion and safety risk concerns. He has over 15 years of marketing and sales support experience in the protective coatings industry. Prior to that, Sean worked in the construction industry, specializing in contract and project management for commercial and industrial floor and roof projects. Sean enjoys working closely with PIP’s sales and management group to develop and market new flooring products and systems to address end-user’s unique requirements. You can follow Sean on LinkedIn, email him at swalsh@protectpoly.com, or contact Protective
Industrial Polymers at 866-361-3331.