Nearly everybody who’s anybody in the coatings industry have no need for a crash course about epoxy floor coatings. We all know by now that they come from epoxy resins, of course, which to those in the know, find popular use as primers and all-around coatings. The can of coatings you bought in a store? Probably epoxy-based. The floor finishes at your favorite restaurant? Probably from epoxy resins. Fire-retardant, waterproofed and highly-resistant floors? There is a high probability that they are made from epoxy floor coatings as well.
Epoxy is so flexible that a whole range of coatings systems can be installed that are epoxy-resin-based systems. Why the plethora of different systems? Because specific floor applications require specific coatings systems, and epoxy floor coatings seems to be the only one of a few systems that can work on any kind of surface application. There are epoxy with amine systems, epoxy-sulfide systems, aliphatic epoxy systems, and hybrid epoxy systems. Often, too, epoxy is combined with alkyds and acrylics for specific applications requiring the properties of alkyds and acrylics and the unique chemical properties of epoxy. Only epoxy floor coatings belong to a choice few coatings that has the unique chemistry to be applicable to any kind of functional and architectural coatings.
The unique thing about epoxy floor coatings is their amazing adhesive properties. They can adhere to almost any type of floor surfaces. The epoxy resins maintain an impressive strength of 1.5 thousand pounds for every square inch of surface. In floors that are subject to impressive loads, this strength is very critical to keep the floors intact and in good condition for long periods of time.