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.
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 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:
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.