Credit: hoto: Delta Pacific–Structural Preservation Systems

Contractors working for Delta Pacific–Structural Preservation Systems place an iron aggregate floor topping that's finished just like concrete floors. P

Wear and tear on equipment. Tires that wear faster have to be replaced more often; if you're down to the rebar on the concrete floor, equipment will wear faster because it's running over reinforced steel.

Opportunity cost. How often do you replace the floor, and how much revenue do you lose during the time it takes to make the repair?

In an industry where even one day of downtime hurts the bottom line, faster tipping floor repairs can keep a solid-waste-handling facility in tip-top shape.

— LaFond is senior editorial manager at Constructive Communication Inc., Dublin, Ohio.