By Guest Author: David Gerald
Because of its versatility and reliability, epoxy floors or industry epoxy floors can be used almost anywhere, be it for residential or commercial. For new constructions, protection and look are essential. When renovating, the intention now is to try to restore it to its original condition.
Epoxy floor coating involves surface preparation, priming, coating and sealing. The thickness and the type would depend on the need and the surface. Generally, epoxy floors are "multiple epoxy layers placed on a floor surface regardless of the kind of resins applied, provided that the total thickness of all layers applied is at least 2mm." If the thickness is less than 2mm, it is called epoxy floor coatings. Then there is, also, the industry epoxy floor which consists of at least 3 layers of epoxy resins or thickness of 2mm provided that at least 2 of the layers are 100% solid epoxy. There are more than one industrial coating systems like epoxy floor systems.
For whatever reason it will be, it is important to ask oneself these questions, especially if it is for industrial or commercial use:
"Will the flooring withstand the load of traffic?"
"How will it fare against chemicals?"
"Will it provide a safe environment for the users?"
Epoxy resins can be adjusted according to hardness and elasticity depending on the need. With the growth in demand and popularity, there has, likewise, been an increase in the development of a variety of high-grade epoxy resin for colored aesthetic effects, to protect steel and concrete against corrosion, specifically waterproofing for durability.
Some epoxy coatings are formulated with anti-microbial finish that is mold, mildew, fungus and foul odor resistant which prevents the growth of potentially harmful bacteria, viruses, yeast and other microbes. This is an important consideration to keep in mind, especially, when planning for a kitchen and bathroom floors for homes and businesses, aquatic centers, hospitals, for example.
Because it is heat resistant and can hold up temperatures as high as 180 degrees F, epoxy floors are the best choice for commercial restaurant kitchen with its oven, grills, and fryers. Epoxies cured using heat can withstand even up to 350 degrees F. Cold temperatures will not affect its durability and anti-microbial properties, making it suitable for freezers and coolers as well.
With its fast application, epoxy coatings can be applied on both old (after doing the necessary initial preparations) and new concrete, wood, tile, VCT and other kinds of flooring and be ready for traffic within 24 hours.
During application, it does not leave any lingering odors and the near zero volatile organic compounds or VOC's is best particularly for rooms of children who are more susceptible to asthma and allergy attacks.It will, also, be "business as usual" in commercial or business establishments during remodeling without the risk of inhalation from harmful chemicals.
In frequently wet areas, like pools, baths, kitchen, a non-skid grit may be added to the finish of the epoxy flooring for added slip-resistance.
In conclusion epoxy floor coatings provide a functional coating that looks appealing and is a low maintenance solution when compared to carpet. Another type of coating to consider that is similar is a polyurea polyaspartic product. Both polyurea Polyaspartic and epoxy flooring systems would be recommended products for the areas in this article.
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