It’s no secret that the legalization of recreational and medical marijuana is a hot topic in the United States right now. As of 2019, 10 states have legalized the use of recreational cannabis, while 33 states have legalized it for medicinal uses. In 2017, there were 1,736 marijuana dispensaries scattered across the US, with more planned in the future.
As the industry grows, more and more business owners and entrepreneurs are looking into starting their own growing operations. If you’re among these enterprising individuals, you’ve come to the right place!
Here at Surface Technology, we understand that cannabis cultivation takes a lot of patience and research in order to create the perfect growing conditions. When setting up or upgrading your grow room, most business owners don’t realize how much the right flooring choice can improve your growing operation. That’s why we’ve put together this comprehensive list that goes over a few of the benefits of having epoxy floor coatings in your facilities.
Plant health is vital to any cannabis business, but when you’re growing plants indoors, air quality is that much more important. When purchasing new equipment and creating a new environment for your plants, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from fresh paint, sealer, or certain types of flooring can be harmful to your cannabis. Even if you haven’t started growing yet, delaying or interrupting the growing process can set back your operation significantly.
At Surface Technology, our epoxy floor coatings are specifically designed to keep your business running smoothly and your marijuana plants healthy. We have various VOC-free, odor-free, and emission-free coating systems that will ensure no extra harmful chemicals will be hurt your plants or your employees.
Quick and Easy Clean Up
One of the best benefits of epoxy floor coatings is how easy they are to clean. By creating a smooth, seamless surface, dirt and water can be easily swept up to keep your facilities clean with little maintenance. If you’re using a hydroponic system, drip irrigation, or even hand watering, epoxy floors will help by being waterproof, non-porous, and slip-resistant. Not only will this save you money from having to do floor repairs, but it will also keep your employees happy and safe when tending to your cannabis.
In addition, the seamlessness of epoxy floor coatings will help protect your plants from microbes, fungi, and insects. By sealing off gaps and crevices, epoxy floors can help eliminate these dangers and set you up for growing the highest quality bud.
Lighting and temperature are essential to creating the perfect growing conditions, but did you know that your flooring can help with both of these?
With a high-gloss epoxy floor system, you can actually increase the light reflectivity and insulation within your grow room. Our floor and wall systems at Surface Technology are specifically designed to enhance the reflectiveness within your facility which, when combined with the proper temperature control, can help you save money on utility costs. You may also not need as many lights for your plants, since the reflective surface will brighten up your grow room.
Meet State and Local Regulations
Since the cannabis industry is still fairly new, understanding the rules and regulations for your new facility may be a bit overwhelming. Not only are there specific and different requirements for every state, but there may also be local constraints to worry about. Grow room managers will constantly have to ensure that your facilities comply with regulatory demands, but using epoxy flooring can help relinquish some of that stress.
When you install a new epoxy floor coating with Surface Technology, you’ll rest easy knowing everything is USDA and FDA compliant. Our flooring will also help you comply with GMP (Good Manufacturing Process) certification. If you’re a forward-thinking operator, you already know that GMPs will help your industry get where it needs to be, and Surface Technology wants to help you along the way.
If you’re looking for new flooring as soon as possible, but are worried about the downtime of closing your facilities for renovations, epoxy is the best answer. The process of installing epoxy floor coatings is a technical one. It requires careful planning and the expertise of a flooring professional to properly install. With that said, however, one of the benefits of epoxy is that it can be installed with almost no downtime to your production.
Surface Technology takes the time to properly prepare and plan for your new flooring. Once that process is over, epoxy floors only take a few days to properly cure before you can continue operations as normal. We work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year to ensure that shutdowns are as short as possible for your business.
As we mentioned earlier, the seamlessness of epoxy floor coatings is unmatched. Not only will these floors keep your grow room environment sanitary and free from mold, but they will also last for years to come. For examples of projects our team has executed, check out our case studies. Since epoxy is so long-lasting, facility owners won’t have to worry about repairing cracks or erosion every few years. Our floors are also abrasion, impact, chip/flake, and corrosion resistant, eliminating any worries of heavy equipment damaging your new floors.
As usual, Surface Technology will work with you directly to create the perfect grow room for your business, no matter the needs. We are proud to be a nationwide leader in flooring solutions for the cannabis industry. With over 35 years of industry experience, we want to continue to spread the knowledge and benefits of epoxy floor coatings. Get in touch with us today and ask us how we can help you perfect a quality bud product with our flooring.
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