If you are looking for a sturdy and reliable surface for your floors, concrete epoxy coating is the best choice. The reason is they offer high performance, smooth and durable surfaces that can withstand any volume of foot traffic as well as heavy loads. As a matter of fact many commercial buildings, warehouses and industrial floors are required to have epoxy floors as they need it to ensure the surface is always in perfect condition.
What is Epoxy Floor Coating?
Before we discuss the application and benefits, let us first determine what are epoxy floor coatings. An epoxy is a kind of thermosetting resin that is applied as a form of coating in order to provide protection to a surface, in this case protection of concrete floors. Concrete is normally porous and requires a coating to ensure moisture does not seep within its structure resulting in cracking or damage. When it is installed correctly, the coating can last for several decades without damage. Due to its inherent durability it is quite popular for use by Concrete Treatments, Inc. in commercial and industrial setups. This is perfect for concrete as epoxy coatings require a slightly porous and clean surface for it to adhere correctly.
Concrete epoxy coating should not be applied over smooth concrete as it may not adhere properly. The surface should at least be old enough to have better adherence. Prior to application of the coating it is recommended to remove all grease before applying and coating. Do also check the surface for previous layers of epoxy or other products that may have been used if the concrete floor is old.
How To Apply Concrete Epoxy Coating
If you want to know if there is sealant on the floor you can test for it. Pour a small amount of water onto the floor. Normally it should soak in. Depending on the kind of product being used, you might need to apply an epoxy paint and a topcoat. Prior to the application of the epoxy coating you should determine if the temperature is right. Do follow the recommendations from the manufacturer. If the wrong temperature settings are used it can result in bubbling and peeling. Keep in mind that once you have mixed the product, you only have a specific amount of time to apply the epoxy coating before it begins to harden.
The primer is applied similar to how paint is applied and then it is allowed to settle for at least several hours before the epoxy is applied. When applying epoxy, cover the floor with a thin layer of water and then place all the epoxy on the ground. You can use a rolling pin on a pole in order to spread the epoxy out in a thin layer across the entire floor surface. Once the epoxy primer is dried you can then apply the second coat. Lastly, the finisher is applied in the same way as the primer without the water basing.
Benefits of Concrete Epoxy Coating
There are several advantages that concrete epoxy coating offers if compared to other conventional coatings that are used for concrete. Here are some of them:
Shiny Gloss surface
Concrete epoxy coating can create a shiny high gloss surface. This will result in increased brightness of an area by as much as 200%.
It creates a sturdy impact resistant surface that can withstand heavy traffic and objects.
Resistant And Easy to Clean
Epoxy floors can be installed quickly and are easy to clean. It can resist water beads, oil stains and when wiped creates a super clean and seamless surface. It also can be combined with paints and colors to hide cracks and chips on the concrete floor.