Epoxy Floors

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While concrete is a highly versatile flooring material for both buildings and outdoor areas, it suffers from a few disadvantages, including high porosity. As a porous substrate, concrete is susceptible to damage from water and chemical spills, staining easily. However, these problems can be corrected through the application of an epoxy floor coating, providing a smooth, durable and aesthetically pleasing surface that is ideal for a number of uses.

 

What Is Epoxy Flooring?

An epoxy coating is a liquid resin combined with a hardening agent, applied in a variety of thicknesses over new or existing concrete to create a well-suited flooring surface. The resin is either clear or very lightly coloured, and possesses no odour. When it is mixed with the hardener, a chemical reaction begins that transforms the resin into a strong, plastic-like surface.

While it is hardening, epoxy is extremely adhesive, so it securely bonds to the bottom surface and the edges of any walls. After hardening, the seamless floor becomes strong, durable and chemically resistant. In addition, epoxy floors have several other notable benefits, including the following:

  • Epoxy is a high-gloss material that can be easily polished to a beautiful shine.
  • Epoxy is environmentally friendly.
  • Epoxy floors are non-porous and resist spills, stains and chemical etching.
  • Epoxy flooring is easy to clean.
  • Epoxy floors are safe because they are slip resistant and fire resistant.
  • Epoxy is impact resistant for improved durability.
  • Epoxy floors are very affordable and are considered to be one of the most cost-efficient flooring materials available today.
 

Uses for Epoxy Flooring

Epoxy flooring is perfect for a variety of residential, commercial and industrial purposes. It’s also a fantastic alternative to polyurethane floor coating, which is expensive, difficult to apply and can emit strong fumes. Epoxy is easy to apply and can be commonly found in a wide range of settings, including:

  • Industrial factories
  • Food preparation facilities and restaurants
  • Pharmaceutical manufacturing plants
  • Water treatment plants
  • Scientific and medical laboratories
  • Retail stores
  • Warehouses
  • Garages
 

Types of Epoxy Floors

Three different types of epoxy are typically used on floors, with the specific type that works best dependent on the purpose of the floor, the type of traffic on the floor and the quantity of traffic. The three types are epoxy floor coatings, self-levelling epoxy flooring, and heavy-duty epoxy flooring.

  Epoxy floor coatings are thin layers of epoxy, spread over a smooth substrate with a squeegee. The coating ranges from 0.2 mm to 0.4 mm in thickness and can be applied quickly and easily. Epoxy coatings are perfect for providing an extra layer of protection to concrete floors. If superior footing is required, an aggregate such as sand can also be added to create a slip-resistant surface.
Self-levelling epoxy floors are slightly thicker than epoxy coatings, usually ranging from 1 mm to 3 mm in depth. The epoxy can be applied with a notched squeegee or with a roller, but the material primarily smoothes itself to create a level surface while it is hardening.
Heavy-duty epoxy is popular in factories and other industrial buildings. These floors are 5 mm to 12 mm in thickness and are applied with trowels. Sand and other aggregates are added to the epoxy to provide increased strength and durability so that forklifts and heavy machinery may be used on the surface without having to worry about wear.

Concreate are Experts in Epoxy Floors

Epoxy flooring is a great choice for several reasons, but the specific type and method of application depends on your circumstances and intended uses. Our team of experienced installers will consult with you to better understand your needs, and a professional recommendation will be made as to which type is best for you.

Contact Concreate today on 0425 832 636 to discuss your flooring requirements.

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