What Kind of Flooring Is Heat Resistant?
By Created: May, 2021
Related Product: Life Floor Slate Tiles 3/8 Inch
Some of the best heat resistant flooring options include:
- Hog Heaven Anti Fatigue Indoor Mat
- Weldmaster Mat
- Pebble Trax Anti Fatigue Mat
- Life Floor Slate Tiles
- Life Floor Ripple Tiles
What Are Some Dangers From Excessive Heat for Floors?Thermal protected heat resistant flooring will survive extremely high temperatures, as well as eliminating the possibility of fire. Unprotected floors that suffer from damage from excessive heat will show multiple issues, including:
- Cracks in the floors
- Burn marks
- Melted spots
- Warped areas
- Over-expansion that pops the floor out of place
- Loosened adhesive
If using vinyl or laminate in an industrial setting, this flooring material could melt under excessive heat. When used around welding, grinding, or other situations that generate high temperatures and sparks, a specialty flooring should be available for safety.
The most common material to find in flooring that will resist high temperatures is a rubber and foam blend. This blend has a high level of durability. It often provides a cushioned surface, as people who will be welding or using a grinder usually must stand for long periods of time.
In industrial settings where dangerous heat will be in use, it’s common to find harsh chemicals too. Chemical burns can cause many of the same types of damage on floors as heat burns, so it makes sense to check for a type of heat resistant flooring that resists chemicals too.
What Types of Flooring Will Work Around Welding or Sparks?Welding commonly makes use of an electric arc or a torch to generate high temperatures and melt materials that go into the metal joints. This requires intense heat, perhaps as high as 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit or more.
As the materials melt, some of them may fall out of the joint and onto the workbench or floor, causing significant damage to non-specialty flooring.
It measures nearly 3 by 12 feet in size, providing the coverage required to catch hot slag. At 7/8 inches in thickness, it has plenty of cushioning for long periods of standing or to support a heavy load. (Other sizes and thicknesses of this floor are available via special order.)
The Weldmaster Mat will resist the spark from a welder or a grinder, as well as hot slag from the welding process. This mat has a rubber and foam blended material, using 3/8 inches of foam as the base with a 1/8-inch rubber surface layer. It protects the subfloor against spilled chemicals and fluids too.
It has a waterproof design and a non-slip backing that helps prevent accidents. The pebble top texture on the surface of the material will add to the grippy feel on the flooring, keeping people who are using it safe. This design is available in a coverage length of 75 feet with widths varying between 2 and 4 feet.
Do Some Types of Outdoor Flooring Provide Protection From the Heat of the Sun?
These Life Floor tiles consist of a rubber and foam blend that’s ideal for almost any kind of outdoor climate. They have UV stability built into the material, ensuring they will maintain their natural stone color over time.
Both styles of these tiles measure 2 by 2 feet in size and 3/8 inches in thickness. (Other thicknesses are available too.) All of these tiles have a grippy surface, making them safe in wet conditions.
To install these tiles, the installer will need to use a contact cement adhesive. The Life Floor tiles are made for a permanent installation only.
For more on this topic please review our Industrial Mats and Flooring product page.