What You Need to Know About Floor Cove Base and Curbing

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Are you installing a new industrial floor system? Perhaps your current floor is due for a face-lift?

Whether a facility is looking for a cove base or a curb resurfacer for a food processing area or a decorative cove base in a breakroom both are vital to sanitation.

Here’s what you need to know about floor coving, and why it’s crucial to sanitation of your environment.

The Basics of Floor Coving

You will  see cove base in most areas where there is already an existing resinous floor. Cove base can be various heights—typically 4” Radius but can also be a “Cant” which is a 45 degree angle where the floor meets the wall.  Food processing environments often have concrete curbing.  We protect these curbs with urethane concrete as wall as create a cant cove where the base of the curb meets the floor. This is to prevent bacteria, debris, dust etc from sitting in the seam between the floor and the wall creating unhygienic conditions.

Cove base and Curbing are installed before the flooring system so that the flooring system can be tied into the cove.

Where You Need to Install Floor Cove Base

Floor cove base spans across all floor coverings.  Vinyl cove base is a quick option as it is glued on however does not give the longevity or sanitary requirements in food processing environments.  Vinyl base, however is a good solution for dry environments in common areas such as offices or lobbies where there is less cleaning and no impact.

Resinous Base Should Be Installed In:

  • Wet/Washdown Environments: Food Processing, Breweries, Beverage Facilities
  • Dish Rooms, Wash down Rooms
  • Waste Disposal Areas
  • Commercial Kitchens
  • Employee Restrooms/Locker Rooms
  • Employee Breakrooms
  • Anywhere that Water Needs to be Contained
  • Secondary Containment of Chemicals

Food and beverage processing environments have all kinds of unique and mandated flooring specifications. These floors are regularly exposed to contaminants and corrosive by-products like fats, hot oil, blood, sugar solutions, and chemical attack.

Coving is also required in pharmaceutical environments to maintain a hygienic environment.

A Seamless, Integral Cove Base

Depending on the material being used and your type of facility, there are several kinds of floor coving options available. This includes epoxy coving and urethane concrete floor coving.  These options are used to create an integral cove base, where the cove and flooring are combined, rather than the coving sitting atop the flooring,

Integral cove bases are a seamless flooring system that works well in environments that must remain sanitary because there are no seams, joints, or crevices where bacteria or dirt can become trapped. Integral, mortar cove bases are usually installed at a height of four inches but can be two or six inches high as well.

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About Urethane Concrete Flooring and Cove Base

Urethane Concrete Flooring is a kind of heavy-duty floor finish system that can easily implement integral cove bases. It is used in the most demanding of industrial environments and provides a layer of strong polyurethane flooring with powerful protection for new or existing concrete surfaces. It’s durable, resistant to physical abrasion, moisture, chemicals, and bacteria, and outperforms epoxy floors.

This floor coving used in urethane concrete  floor finishes is virtually seamless, so you end up with a wall-to-wall, cove-to-cove thermal shock-resistant, wear-resistant floor that is perfect for food and beverage facilities, pharmaceutical and chemical manufacturing, and also in electronics, retail, healthcare, and aviation facilities

How is a Mortar Cove Base is Installed?

Installing an integral cove bases looks different from floor to floor, but the process for providing you with mortar-based coving system in your commercial or industrial facility will look something like this:

  • Mechanically prep wall/curb surface and prime as needed
  • Trowel epoxy mortar or urethane concrete mortar
  • Apply decorative aggregate OR topcoats as needed

Depending on the size of your facility, this can be a fairly quick process.

Take a look at the coving and floor finish we created in this Cincinnati facility for a slip-resistant, wear-resistant, and chemical-resistant flooring solution that is not only safe but looks great too. In a 1,200-square-foot space, we were able to transform their wash room in just a day and a half.

This space in Indiana was quite a bit larger, but we turned their plain concrete slab floor into a safe industrial workspace, complete with a floor cove base in only one week’s time. At 4,400-square feet with an 8-inch cove base along the entire wall, this was no small feat.

How to Clean Integral Floor Coves

Integral floor coving is so simple to keep clean. You clean it just like you do the rest of your floor, using a mop or rags for the cove base. And the best part is you use the same cleaning products for your floor and your floor coves, making it ideal for easy care. We offer our SS 915 Degreaser/Cleaner for epoxy and urethane flooring systems.

Integral Floor Coves: A Great Solution for Sanitary Spaces

Floor coving can transform your space into a clean, safe space that helps prevent the collection of dirt, dust, and debris, and keep bacteria at bay. At Surface Solutions, we are committed to providing you with the best resinous flooring system for your facility/environment.

See why we’re the preferred industrial flooring experts In Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Chicago, and Louisville. Throughout the Mid-west, we work diligently to ensure your floor is safe, hygienic, and stands the test of time.

Whether your space is new or existing, there’s no time like the present to investigate monolithic flooring solutions and integral cove base.   Let us transform your existing industrial floor!  Contact us today to request more information.