Fire station floors are put under a lot of stress. Between the heavy vehicles and equipment and lots of traffic, the floors need to be highly durable, slip-resistant, and it wouldn’t hurt if they looked nice, either.

CFI has seven floor coating systems that meet the requirements of virtually any fire station floor. 

Floor Systems that Provide Heavy Duty Protection and Cleanability

Not only do the floors of a fire station need to be protected from chemicals and tire marks, they need to be resistant to impact and easy to clean. To create tough floors that can be cleaned up in a hurry, we recommend DQB-4, DSB-5, and SBP-5 systems.

All three of these aggregate-filled broadcast systems provide a high level of resistance to staining from tires and oil as well as providing a slip resistant surface to protect our first responders.  SBP-5 offers a solid color floor with a slip-resistant texture and is the most common floor specified in equipment bays.  DQB-4 and DQB-5 have 2 layers of broadcast to provide extra protection from wear and impact from tools.  DQB-5 uses a colored quartz aggregate for the broadcast to provide some decorative element to the system.

Systems for Repairing Cracked/Damaged Floors

If your floors are already cracked or damaged, we have systems that can help. We recommend using TR-3 to repair them. TR-3 is a strong and versatile repair system that uses epoxy mortar to repair damaged areas. It can be applied with either hand tools or power trowels and can be used for patch repair.

TR-3 comes in either a gloss or satin finish and resists UV, abrasion, chemicals, and hot tire marks which makes it perfect for the heavily trafficked fire station floors. 

Decorative Floor Systems for All the Other Areas

Equipment bay floors are exposed to harsh chemicals and tire marks which could easily wear down the flooring leading to damage, but there are many other areas of the station including crew areas, offices, and social halls.   For these we recommend the FB-3, MP-3, and TF-6 systems.

These three systems pair their mid-coats with a polyurethane topcoat that bolsters their epoxy mid-coats’ abrasion resistance while delivering remarkable durability against tire marking.

The primary difference between these systems is their broadcast medium and, by consequence, appearance. The FB-3 system relies on a flake broadcast medium to provide a subtle aesthetic. The MP-3 system utilizes metallic pigment in its body coat to offer a more random and artistic look while the TF-6 system delivers a plain, solid appearance.

Keep in mind, there’s no such thing as a one-size-fits-all floor coating system. In practice, each fire station has floors that are different in age, use-case, aesthetic, and performance requirements that must be taken into account when choosing a coating system.

That’s why we at CFI take pride in being able to help customers select the ideal coating system for their floor. If you need help with your next project, tell us about it. Our Customer Support team will get back to you to help you specify the right system.