When asked “what makes Desco different?”, one of the first things that comes to mind is our base. That may seem a little strange, but the base is one of the most important aspects of the floor. Found most often on our seamless epoxy floors and polyurethane concrete floors, the base runs along where the floor meets the wall, carrying up the wall anywhere from 2"-6". The base is then finished with a cove detail, as seen in our floor at L Y Cairns School, or in a cant detail, as seen in our floor in the hospital kitchen.
The reason the base is so important is because it is where the floor will often begin to fail. Not only does the base get hit with carts and equipment, but it has to remain adhered to the wall and floor as the building shifts.
The base also has to be smooth in order to be easy to clean. At the hospital job, the floor was left rough to reduce the risk of slips, but the base was given a polyurethane topcoat to facilitate easy cleaning. It is important to have a base free of pinholes, cracks, and chips or there runs a risk of the floor failing earlier than it should.
But the biggest difference is in our base compared to sheet goods, commonly known as resilient sheet flooring, linoleum, and vinyl composite tile. These floors are often finished with rubber base which may only be attached to the floor with glue. Not only is the rubber base flimsy when compared to our rock-hard base, but it is poorly sealed along the floor and wall. These poorly sealed edges allows for water to seep under the sheet good and pop off the floor.
The base may seem like an insignificant part of the floor, but it ensures that the whole floor will last that much longer. Contact us if you want to come check out our silky smooth base.