What are High-Strength Floors?

When it comes to floors, strength often relates to compressive strength – the capacity of a flooring material to withstand heavy loads and resist compression. Compressive strength looks at how much of a load a floor can handle and is usually reported in relationship to a specific technical standard. There are tests to ensure your floor will meet compressive-strength standards.

The American Society for Testing and Materials is an international technical, scientific and education organisation dedicated to the standardisation of specifications and methods testing. The standard test method for compressive strength (ASTM C579-01) can be found at http://www.astm.org/DATABASE.CART/HISTORICAL/C579-01.htm.

Benefits of High-Strength Floors

Compressive strength is a critical part of decision-making for manufacturing environments where there is heavy equipment, moving equipment and wheeled traffic.

Benefit highlights include:

  • Standing up to the weight of heavy equipment and traffic
  • Saving time and money on floor repairs or replacement due to failed or worn flooring

Recommended Industries

Heavy-duty environments

Recommended industries include:

Recommended Products

Stonhard follows the testing procedures administered by the American Society for Testing and Materials for Compressive Strength of chemical resistant mortars, grouts, monolithic surfacing and polymer concretes. A company that claims to have abrasion resistant flooring should offer testing credentials or offer to submit materials for independent laboratory analysis. Our team of Territory Managers will assist you in finding the best high-strength floor for your environment. 

Recommended products include:

  • Stongard - stadium concourses, parking structures, pedestrian bridges
  • Stonclad - heavy-duty industrial environments
  • Stonres - corridors in labs and hospitals, educational facilities and public spaces
  • Stonchem - water and wastewater facilities


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