Epoxy Coatings: Say Goodbye to Boring Floors

July 1, 2010

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Epoxy coatings provide functional and creative benefits that make it a very popular choice in many flooring applications.  These coatings deliver quality flooring solutions to some of the toughest floor problems.

Common Flooring Problems

Facility managers often use epoxy floor coatings to solve many types of floor problems, such as those below:

1. Floor Damage

Daily human and vehicular activities can cause flooring to deteriorate.  Dropped loads can impact floors.  The caustic sting of spilled chemicals can bring damage and produce floor cracks and tears.  

2. Protection Breakdown

When the floor’s protective coatings layer breaks down, the floors are exposed to gradual deterioration.  Floors get more slippery when waterproofing protection detiorates.  The onset of corrosion is possible, and even dirt and stains become harder to remove, when protective coatings are no longer effective. 

3. Aesthetic Deterioration

Hard-to-remove stains, fading colors, or normal wear and tear are visually unappealing and contribute to floor deterioration.  This negative appearance affects the facility’s image and reputation.  

Flooring Solutions Using Epoxy Coatings

Facility managers invest in epoxy coatings to assure good performance of facility floors.  The correct application of high-quality epoxy coatings provides the following benefits:

1. Damage-resistant floors

Epoxy coatings repair floor damages and provide long-lasting protection against future damages.  They protect floors from moisture intrusion and chemical spillage.  They are also highly-resistant to damages brought by corrosion or air pollution.

2. Long-lasting floors

Epoxies act as excellent barriers against constant traffic, physical impact or toxic spills.  Epoxy-coated flooring systems often possess a long useful life with minimal repairs.  

3. Beautiful floors

Epoxy coatings create stylish-looking floors out of ordinarily drab and gray concrete surfaces.  Tired-looking floors can be refurbished with interesting colors to inspire visitors, tenants and workers. 

Choosing the Best Epoxy Floor Coatings

Facility managers often rely on brand reputation and first-hand experience in selecting the best epoxy coatings products to use.  Cost consideration is also a major deciding factor.  

They also choose based on the particular flooring needs.  If the facility floor is used in manufacturing, chemical spills may be common.  The product to use should be highly-resistant to toxic substances, abrasions and corrosion damages.   For warehouse floors, strong and durable epoxy coatings may be appropriate.  This helps the floors withstand the heavy physical activities and traffic common to warehouses.

Often, too, facility managers choose between solvent-based or water-based epoxy systems.  Water-based products are cheaper but less durable than solvents.  The latter may be stronger, yet it is more expensive and is known to be harm the environment.  

Epoxy Coatings Experts

The key to a successful flooring system installation is proper surface preparation and application.  Facility managers should keep this in mind when faced with the decision of whether to have an in-house crew do the job or not.  

Although application of epoxy coatings systems is easy, it involves the correct execution of many tasks.  A large floor area can magnify the work scope.  To assure the successful coatings application, facility managers often chose to work with a professional coatings company.

Their expertise and experience guarantee quality application.  They identify the most appropriate preparation methods, coatings and colors for the floors.  For low-downtime floors, they provide quick delivery of the job.  Expert painters often pull the job at more reasonable costs than when the job is done in-house.

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