Created to be completely non-porous, dairy brick has long been a highly sought-after floor covering option in certain types of businesses where sanitation is ever-important. Restaurants, commercial kitchens, bakeries, food processing plants, and (of course) the working dairy are all examples of places where dairy brick is used to cover the floor. As resilient and durable as this unique type of tile is, it is not something that has no flaws or is not prone to some type of damage. Repair contractors are consistently called in for help with repairing common issues with this tile. Here is a look at just a few of the common problems with dairy brick that may need repair.
The brick needs to be regrouted.
Regrouting is a common requirement for dairy brick. The grout is the material in between the bricks that creates the uniform finish without gaps, so if the grout breaks down, it compromises the entire function of the flooring system itself. Regrouting is a longer process, as it involves carefully chipping out the old grout, removing the particles, and installing new grouting materials. While the process is time-consuming, it does allow the flooring system to be used for many more years.
The surface of the brick is starting to look a bit porous.
While rare, it is possible for the dairy brick to show some signs of spalling and porosity just the same as other types of tile, especially if the brick is rather old. However, this kind of issue usually shows up in only certain spots or with certain bricks. Thankfully, the brick can be pulled out and replaced if it is showing some kind of deterioration. The contractor will use special tools to work the old bricks out of place and then replace them with new pieces and mortar that blend in with the overall look of the floor.
The protective finish has worn away.
After dairy brick is installed, a layer of sealer is typically poured over the flooring to make it even more resilient to chemicals, moisture, and other materials. Over the years and with heavy foot traffic, this protective finish can wear away and leave the floor a bit more vulnerable to damage. Readding this protective finish is perhaps one of the more common jobs for a dairy brick repair contractor. One way contractors are deterring problems going forward is by finishing the brick with an epoxy-resin material that is far more resilient.
To learn more about repairing dairy brick, contact a company like Archway Brick and Tile.