Epoxy flooring is one of the most versatile flooring solutions for all sorts of commercial applications and can be custom tailored to many different types of conditions. An epoxy flooring is made up of two parts; a polyoxide resin and a curative. These are mixed together immediately before applying to the floor which causes the compounds to bond together as well as bond to the floor. What this means for you is a strong surface that, if applied properly, an extremely durable surface that prevents chipping or peeling. Keep in mind that when referring to epoxy flooring, it is talking about a coating that is at least 2mm thick. Anything less than this is considered epoxy coating. The difference between coatings and flooring – epoxy flooring provides structural support while coating simply ads a protective layer.
You get what you pay for with epoxy flooring
The difference between a cheap and expensive epoxy flooring product is very dramatic. Cheap epoxies will shrink and not dry currently. This means that instead of getting a nice 2mm thick epoxy flooring, you are left with about half of that which then falls into the category of epoxy coating. The more expensive professional grade products will bond better and not shrink.
Equally as important as the quality of the epoxy that you use is the way in which the floor is prepared and applied. It is critical that the floor is prepared correctly for the epoxy flooring to bond correctly. Using an experienced professional to lay down your epoxy flooring is very important to get a clean look. If you are doing a home DIY project for your garage, you can get away with doing it yourself if you are okay with potential flaws.
Epoxy flooring is environmentally friendly
What you might not have known about epoxy flooring is that it is an environmentally friendly option. Many of the epoxy flooring options exceed LEED certification and because there is no need to cut, you use less material which reduces waste. The epoxy flooring is also much easier on fork lift and machinery tires, saving you money on replacing tires. Traditional concrete can grind against tires and cause them to wear down much more quickly. Epoxy coating is much smoother and not create so much damage. Epoxy
flooring is can also help reduce your energy bill because of the way its highly reflective qualities can add light.
Improve worker morale with epoxy floors
This may sound totally bogus but hear us out. A typical warehouse is often very dull with boring surroundings, causing a decrease in the work your employees get done because the environment is not pleasing to the eye. Epoxy flooring comes in a wide range of color tinted options which allows you to customize the work space and add a more pleasing visual aesthetic.
Offers major advantages
Epoxy floors are easy to clean and provide a durable surface for high traffic areas. If you are installing epoxy flooring in your factory, you can use different color variations to help direct traffic and stay organized. By applying an epoxy to concrete flooring, you will also increase the lifespan of your concrete base. Repairing concrete floors is more expensive than simply re-applying another coat of epoxy. Lastly, epoxy flooring provides fantastic anti-slip qualities and is resistant to chemical spills.
Flexibility of epoxy flooring
Using epoxy flooring allows you to customize the look and aesthetic of your floors. Did you know that you can even add you logo between layers of the epoxy? The possibilities are endless with color combinations and styling. It is no wonder that epoxy floors are becoming the number one choice for warehouses, factories, showrooms and retail stores.
Epoxy floors are tough, easy to clean, resilient and good looking. Adding an epoxy flooring over existing concrete floors is a great choice for harsh environments or work areas that get high traffic. Concrete floors are susceptible to cracking. By adding epoxy flooring on top you can fill those cracks and preserve the life of your floors. If you are ready to get started with installing epoxy flooring, contact a professional today. You will be enjoying the added aesthetic and practical benefits of epoxy flooring for years to come.