Versatile Epoxy Coatings for Decks and Floors

July 1, 2009

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Commercial and industrial facilities often have a greater need for high-performance epoxy coating products than ordinary buildings. These facilities have more people accessing multiple areas, with a lot of activities and processes taking place, and different tools, machinery and equipment being used, all at the same time. These frequent activities often cause major wear and tear in building floors and decks, and, if not addressed by facility managers, may cause operational or structural problems in the long run.

Epoxy coating products have proven time and again their reliability in delivering long-lasting and high-performance protection to facility decks and floors. Many epoxycoating products are designed for effective waterproofing, resistance against caustic chemical damages, and good performance against different types of application and service traffic.

Epoxy coatings can be applied in industrial and commercial parking decks, sun decks, balconies, traffic-bearing areas, mechanical and other industrial rooms. The versatile epoxy coating not only provides protective resistance but enhances the decorative value of any building or facility.

Epoxy Coating for Decks and Floors

One of the main reasons why epoxy coating is valuable to industrial facilities is its high resistance to caustic solvents, alkalis and acids commonly found in factory floors, such as chemical processing plants, food processing plants, and waste treatment plants. This on top of its flexibility to be applied on any types of surfaces, be it concrete, wood or steel.

Epoxy coating products, often liquid-applied polyurethane elastomers, deliver waterproofing with good adhesion, abrasion and impact resistance. Such coatings are very suitable for areas constantly exposed to physical stresses or heavy equipment, preventing flooring from being ruptured or damaged because of the heavy-load activities. 

Epoxy floor toppings have high dielectric parameters which makes them perfect as electrical encapsulation grout. Modified epoxy coating is also effective as an inductive loop sealer and is often used in coating rebar and in sewage processing plants because of its high resistance to raw sewage damage.

Decorative Use of Epoxy Coating

A line of epoxy coating products that are light reflective coatings and at the same time tough and resistant to abrasion and chemical damages are often used for decorative show rooms, pool decks, medical suits and patios. Such high-gloss coatings provide protection from hydrocarbon spillage and can be used as glazing for added protection of standard floor systems.

Some epoxy coating systems are even safe for the food service industry and are USDA-approved. They protect the concrete floor from food spills and are ideally used in kitchens and restaurants. They are easy to clean and emit low odor, and are also grease- and chemical-resistant.

Ultraviolet-resistant epoxy binders are used for walk ways and decorative aggregate floors and patios because of their excellent adhesion, protecting aggregate surfaces and preventing discoloration of decorative floors.

Epoxy Coating Preparation, Application and Safety Considerations

Epoxy coatings work best when the surface is prepared carefully through cleaning, drying, and removal of any dirt or contaminants. Some applications may not require thinning of the epoxy coating, but in some cases when thinning is recommended, the thinning and mixing should comply with specification standards.

Epoxy coating can be brush- or roller-applied using clean tools and equipments. Hazardous solvents should be handled according to manufacturer’s Material Safety Data Sheets. Safety guidelines should be followed on surface preparation, application and post-application, as well as during waste disposal, to avoid encountering health and safety risks.

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