Nothing is easier than to transform your floor with epoxy. However, it is the degree of preparation that will make all the difference in the long run.
What Is Epoxy Floor Coating?
Epoxy is a type of polymer formed when two different components are converted into a solid state by a controlled chemical reaction. Due to this change of mechanical and chemical state, epoxy flooring is naturally resistance. Epoxy floor coatings are very adhesive during the change from a liquid to a solid state, allowing them to create a strong bond with concrete floors, whether recent or old.
There is a wide variety of applications and uses for epoxy coatings, including epoxy paint for commercial and industrial floors, as well as coatings for industrial appliances and machinery. Epoxy flooring can also be used as a vapour barrier on concrete slabs and a foundation in new constructions.
How Epoxy Coatings Work
Epoxy flooring generally consists of two main components: resins and hardeners. The resin in an epoxy floor is the clear or transparent component and is practically odourless. The hardener, meanwhile, is darker and has a strong odour, similar to ammonia. When these two components are mixed during the application process, a chemical reaction occurs. This chemical reaction transforms the epoxy flooring into a hard, rigid, plastic-like material, resulting in a very durable and waterproof surface, resistant to chemicals.
Epoxy flooring is usually applied with a squeegee and a roller. The best results are obtained when carried out by professionals experienced in applying floor coatings, to ensure compliance and durability.
The Main Advantages of Installing an Epoxy Floor Coating in Your Building
Durability: Concrete floors with an epoxy coating last longer and withstand heavy use, saving you money and allowing you to concentrate on your company’s other concerns.
Strength: Once the epoxy has been converted into a solid polymer, it becomes very hard and prevents chemical degradation.
Time saving: Epoxy flooring installation is generally quick and easy, which means less downtime for your business.
Less cleaning and maintenance: Once the concrete is covered with epoxy, it is no longer porous, but rather sealed and therefore easier to clean.
Aesthetic: The coatings are generally available in a range of colours and patterns to suit your taste.
Resistant to chemicals: Epoxy coatings can withstand continuous exposure to strong chemicals, which is perfect for warehouses or factories exposed to these substances.
Security: These coatings are non-slip as well as resistant to various temperatures, high impacts, and even fire. This allows you to ensure the safety of your employees and your building.
Brightness: Generally, you can choose a higher level of brightness for coatings, improving the lighting in your facility due to the increased reflection of light from the floor.
Reduced vehicle maintenance: By choosing an epoxy floor, you can also reduce vehicle wear in your facility, because the coating is safer and more forgiving.
Better for the environment: Finally, epoxy floors are a greener option for your business, due to the reduced use of materials. This is an excellent alternative to adding a new floor or replacing vehicles due to damage.
Who Uses Epoxy Floor Coatings?
Epoxy flooring is gaining in popularity for residential garage floors. Many garages are used for purposes other than to park the car; they can be attractive functional spaces. Some garages are transformed into game rooms with pool tables, table tennis, and darts. Others serve as recreation areas or fill a dual purpose: a playroom for the kids as well as a parking space for the car. Epoxy flooring offers an attractive and easy-care floor, ideal for a garage. It has the advantage of protecting a concrete floor from oil and other chemical stains, extending the lifetime of an untreated floor. On the other hand, we at B-Protek prefer a polyurea floor for garages, a faster solution applicable at any temperature.
Thanks to the many decorative options, an epoxy floor can also be an excellent choice elsewhere in the house, such as the basement, the laundry room, and even the kitchen. You can choose from an unlimited variety of solid colours, combinations, and patterns such as stripes, checks, terrazzo, or marble effects. The coating can be customized to suit the style of your choice. Places subject to moisture are ideal candidates for an epoxy floor, since it is waterproof, preventing any infiltration.
Commercial and industrial uses for epoxy flooring include restaurants, hotel kitchens, hospital floors, retail stores, warehouses, car showrooms, kennels, commercial garages, office buildings, schools, and other floors that undergo heavy usage. Epoxy flooring can also be very useful in very slippery areas, in which traction and additional stability are necessary, such as ramps, loading docks, driveways, and so on.