An epoxy floor coating will likely be applied if you are considering a polished concrete floor, designer floor, or other specialised finish. Epoxy is a clear resin with a high level of hardness, which both seals and protects concrete, and other surfaces. This makes the surface non-slip, hygienic, waterproof, durable, and also achieves an attractive high-gloss finish.
What is an Epoxy Floor Coating?
Epoxy is a two-part polymer which is formed by combining an epoxide resin with a polyamine hardener. When the two are mixed, what we usually refer to as epoxy resin is formed. Epoxy has a wide range of commercial and industrial applications, which extend far beyond flooring.
Epoxy is used to seal, protect, and harden concrete floors, as well as other surfaces such as floorboards. In commercial and industrial settings, epoxy is used to help make floors more durable. Epoxy can also be used to protect surfaces from graffiti. Its waterproof and dust proof qualities make it a hygienic choice of floor covering. It can create a food-grade surface which is preferred by the hospitality industry, and is also suitable for wet areas such as kitchens and toilets.
There are many different grades of epoxy coatings available, which are designed for different applications. For instance, the choice of epoxy for a domestic home would be different than that of a commercial space. There are also different choices available which can alter the finished look of a floor.
How is Epoxy Applied?
Before an epoxy floor coating can be applied, the surface beneath must first be prepared. Concrete surfaces will be diamond ground, exposing the desired amount of aggregate for the right finish. Epoxy is also used to correct uneven floor surfaces.
Epoxy is mixed on site and applied to the floor surface. Depending on climate, it usually sets and can be walked on within 24 hours. Some heavy-duty epoxy coatings can take longer, depending on the mix and thickness. For polished concrete floors the surface can be ground again and resealed, for an even better result.
What Kind of Finish Will be Achieved?
The type of finish will depend on the type of floor surface beneath. Epoxy resin is clear, and will add a glossy overcoat to the existing floor. When choosing your epoxy resin, high gloss and semi gloss options are available.
What is Epoxy Like to Live With?
Epoxy floor coatings create a gloss finish which reflect the light and make spaces seem big and airy. Dust and dirt will settle on the floor surface, and can be quickly and easily cleaned up, also a great benefit for allergy sufferers. It's low-maintenance, and also quiet. There are no noisy footsteps or echos.
Epoxy resin coatings also work well in workplaces. Clean ups are quick and easy, and there is little concern about spills and stains.
For a floor that is attractive, durable, and easy to maintain, consider the application of an epoxy floor coating in your home, office, or factory.
Concrete Resurfacing Systems offers quality solutions for polished concrete, concrete restoration, protective, and decorative flooring in Melbourne, Australia. If you are interested in learning more about polished concrete Melbourne, please take a look at our website, or call direct on 1300 13 90 92.
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