Epoxy coatings provide an effective solution for many flooring problems. A slippery floor can be caused by the gradual failure of the previous floor coatings system. Dirty-looking floors definitely need cleaning, but what if the floors are cleaned everyday yet the stains are hard to remove and result to a scruffy-looking appearance? A re-application of epoxy coatings for the flooring system may be due.
Facility managers often rely on the manufacturers’ brand name and reputation for their selection of the coatings product to use. They also decide based on cost. But most importantly, they choose based on their particular flooring needs. For manufacturing floors constantly exposed to chemical spills, there are epoxy coatings products that are highly-resistant to toxic substances, even abrasions and corrosion damages. For warehouses where heavy loads and vehicular activity exert a magnitude of physical force and friction all the time, epoxy coatings that pack a lot of strength and durability may be the answer.
Often, too, facility managers must decide between solvent-based or water-based epoxy systems. Water-based epoxy coatings products are cheaper but less durable than their solvent counterparts. Solvent-based products offer stronger yet more expensive options, and are known for being harmful to the environment.
The most important thing to remember is that the key to a successful flooring system installation also relies on the proper surface preparation and application of the coatings product. The level of expertise of the painting contractor chosen for the job is a key success factor.