From privately-owned hangars to large government complexes, when it comes to hangar flooring, the same basic considerations apply to all:
Light reflectivity—Depending upon the epoxy floor finish selected for either military or commercial settings, the level of light reflectivity of the floor surface can improve illumination above and underneath aircraft, and it reduces the need for additional light fixtures, thereby helping to curb energy costs. Overall visibility is improved, even as mechanics work beneath large aircraft fuselage and wings, allowing foreign object debris (FOD) to be easily spotted on the clean surface and removed.
Chemical Resistance—The presence of special aviation fuels and advanced fire resistant hydraulic fluids like Skydrol, not to mention lubricants, hot tires and corrosive clean-up liquids, is the norm in air hangars. Flooring must be capable of withstanding both short and longer-term exposure to these substances without deterioration or staining.
Abrasion Resistance—Hangar flooring must have superior high wear properties against scratches and scrapes caused by dropped nuts and bolts, dragged tools or equipment.
Bond and Tensile Strength—Heavy aircraft and point loads mean air hangar flooring must be tenaciously bonded to the concrete substrate, while simultaneously offering the right amount of flexibility and internal coating strength to withstand the extreme conditions found in aviation hangars
Easy Cleaning and Maintenance—Hangar floor areas can range for 2,500 sq. ft. to 250,000 sq. ft. and larger. Such expanses require floors that are economical and extremely quick and simple to maintain.
Color Selection—Lighter gray or white epoxy floor finishes, whether for commercial or military use, are typically specified for safety, allowing high visibility of any items that might have been placed or forgotten on the floor during aircraft maintenance, as well as making fluids or wet areas easy to spot for proper cleanup. The light colors also brighten the facility, encouraging overall positivity and pride-of-place.
Striping and Markings—Depending on the size of the hangar, how many aircrafts it will house, as well as the regulations and standards of the civil or military owner, a variety of floor markings and striping can be applied to the floor in any color desired. These coatings must possess the same high performance properties of the overall hangar flooring.
Decorative Elements—While very light colors may be frequently required for aircraft parking and maintenance areas of the floor, many hangar owners now opt for an infusion of color by delineating a colored border around the floor perimeter or in the form of organizational logos or messages that can be incorporated into the floor finish. Use of the organization’s colors and motto can add personality to the facility and contribute to team pride.
Electrostatic Dissipation—Hangars that house expensive electronics, sensitive avionics or explosive materials require additional precautions to safeguard equipment and personnel. Our consistently reliable electrostatic dissipative and conductive hangar flooring is available for these special applications.
Moisture Issues—Slab-on-grade structures are at risk for moisture and moisture vapor transmission (MVT) issues, regardless of the floor covering selected. Air hangars are no exception. Luckily, we have the perfect MVT remediation solution in our proven and guaranteed FloroProof System
Slip-Resistance and Easy Maintenance—A variety of fine aggregates, such as various grades of white aluminum oxide, are available to professional hangar flooring installers, to create the exact skid-resistant properties desired by facility owners.
These characteristics, along with specific facility needs and conditions, are taken into consideration when our technical experts design the custom hangar flooring for each unique aviation operation.