Quality Flooring Solutions for the Aviation Industry

Flooring for hangars in the aviation industry must be durable, stain resistant, chemical resistant, and slip resistant. This can make it difficult for facilities managers to find high-quality flooring for hangars and aircraft facilities that meets their industry’s unique needs. Thankfully, epoxy floors and concrete floor coatings have proven to be durable and spill resistant against water and chemicals found in the aviation industry.

Questions to Consider When Choosing Airplane Hangar Floor Coatings

When deciding what type of floor is best for your airplanes and other aviation materials, there are a few things to consider:

  • What is your hangar space going to be used for?
  • Are you just storing the planes? 
  • Will you be doing any maintenance on the planes? 
  • Will there be chemicals used in the space?
  • Will you be washing the planes or other vehicles in the hangar?
  • How much traffic will come through the hangar?

With these questions answered, we’ll be able to decide the best approach for your airplane hangar floor needs, including what type, functionality, and colors of floor coating to choose.

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Benefits of Liquid Floors’ Aircraft Hangar Floors

Floor coatings are very durable and can provide protection from materials and chemicals that may absorb into or crack the concrete. Floor coatings have a number of benefits:

With floor coatings, you will immediately increase the amount of light in the room with its reflexive properties. The flooring lights up all areas of the room and reduces shadows—making it easier to spot FOD.

Traction grit can be added to epoxy flooring to provide a non-skid surface. This aids in the reduction of slip-and-fall accidents and other mishaps that may occur in a hangar setting.

Maintenance bays and airplane hangar floors are subject to all types of spills from water to Skydrol to cleaning chemicals. Floor coatings do not absorb water and chemicals, and the liquids do not etch, stain, or degrade the surface.

Floor coatings are a cost-effective way to enhance your flooring while offering the best protection for the space. Floor coatings are durable and last for years without needing another application.

Hangar floors should be low maintenance and easy to clean with an auto scrubber so that dust, dirt, debris, and spills can be quickly removed to provide a safe working environment. Epoxy flooring is very easy to clean and maintain, increasing functionality while cutting down on cleaning costs.

Types of Hangar Floor Coatings

Epoxy Flooring

Epoxy flooring has proven to be durable and spill resistant against water and chemicals—and it’s even safe for employees. Epoxy flooring is affordable, resistant to chemical spills, extremely damage resistant, and available in a variety of colors. Epoxy flooring can even be custom mixed to provide additional benefits for hangars and maintenance areas.

Urethane Flooring

The term epoxy is used regularly to identify floor coatings. Epoxies have many great uses, but urethanes provide great wear characteristics, are UV-resistant, and offer excellent chemical resistance to Skydrol and various other chemicals used in the airline industry. Liquid Floors always install a urethane on top of our epoxy.

High Shine Coating

If the hangar is used specifically to store the plane, most customers install a high shine coating. They want a coating that shines and looks pristine. High shine coatings are beautiful and will look amazing as long as they are kept clean and no heavy maintenance is performed on them.

Matte Finish Coating

If the aircraft is going to be maintained in the hangar, we highly recommend a matte finish coating. The matte finish is due to an additive in the coatings that provide additional wear characteristics that will extend the life of the coatings.   

Anti-Slip Flooring Options for Aircraft Hangars

No matter what you plan to use your hangar for, we always recommend putting traction grit in your hangar flooring. The grit is broadcast before the final coat and back rolled to lock it in—which provides an anti-slip flooring solution.

Anti-slip flooring protects passengers and pilots from slipping—and it will also protect maintenance workers from slipping in any oils, cleaners, or other fluids that may be spilled.  

Epoxy floors are typically not slippery if kept clean and dry. However, if your plane lands in the rain and is pulled into the hangar, your floor will get wet. This will create a hazard, and any passengers getting off the plane have the potential to slip and fall. Unexpected circumstances can create a major safety issue which is why we always recommend traction grit to protect you, your employees, and your passengers.

Hangar Floor Coating & Floor Paint Color Options

Now what about color? Most people want a very light, bright floor. The main reason for the bright light floor is Foreign Object Debris (FOD).  

Why Are Hangar Floors White?

White floors allow for high visibility of items you may have placed on the ground—and white floors also make any spills easier to see. The majority of our aviation customers ask for a white floor. However, we highly recommend not going with a white floor.  

White floors are more expensive to install because white is very translucent, and it is difficult to install it without seeing the concrete through the coatings. To install it correctly, it takes additional coats and pigments. This increases labor, material, and extends the timeline of installation. White is also difficult to touch up and nearly impossible to touch up without being very noticeable. Believe it or not, white has many shades!

If you want a light-colored floor, go for a light gray. The light gray will make it possible to see any safety hazards while reducing downtime for preventative maintenance.  

Airplane Hangar Flooring

You can also choose other colors and even match your brand color palette. At Liquid Floors, we had the unique experience of installing a black hangar flooring system; it was beautiful!

Hangar Floor Coating

Hangar flooring is installed through a complex process. The flooring must be cleaned and mechanically prepared, then the floor coating will be applied to the floor, back rolled, and allowed to self-level.

Once this has occurred, a urethane topcoat will be applied for wear resistance, light stability, and chemical resistance—leaving a bright, beautiful shine all over your floor that is super hard and durable. If you’re looking for a stylish look for your hangar, epoxy flooring and floor coatings deliver.

For more information on epoxy flooring, floor coatings, and the installation process, contact the team at Liquid Floors for a free consultation and quote. We’d love to hear from you!

Hangar Floor Coating

One consideration that will help determine the best option for your airplane hangar floor coating are costs. While this is typically what drives most floor coating decisions, our primary considerations steer away from price as a focus. 

If you have a multi-million-dollar plane and multi-million-dollar hangar to store it in, you want the best and most durable flooring, not the cheapest. Functionality, safety, and usage needs are top of concern when choosing the best floor coating option.

Hangar floor coating costs can vary greatly depending on size and how you use the space, so instead of focusing on cost, it’s best to narrow down the best product for your specific needs as a starting point. 

Find the Best Hangar Floor Coatings for Your Aviation Facility

At Liquid Floors, we understand that every hangar and individual customer is unique. Each has their own needs, wants, and ideas for their hangar. We are happy to discuss your project in detail and provide guidance on the best flooring solution for your hangar. Give us a call at 704-543-7565 or email us at info@liquidfloors.com

To learn more about how epoxy floors and floor coatings can benefit your hangar or maintenance bay, contact Liquid Floors. We offer free consultations on all flooring projects.

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