Epoxy is one of the most used flooring solutions for all types of buildings ranging from residential homes, commercial, healthcare, and educational facilities. One of the many reasons why individuals around the globe are fast adopting the use of epoxy is because of its affordability and durability.
When it comes to installing an epoxy floor for your homes and business facilities there are certain things you need to be aware of before taking such a big step.
- There is a Difference Between Epoxy ‘Flooring’ and ‘Coating’
While individuals around the world tend to confuse the term ‘flooring’ and ‘coating’ when it comes to epoxy, for your epoxy application to be considered a floor, it must be 2mm thick. Anything epoxy application less than this is rather considered as epoxy coating instead of epoxy flooring.
Epoxy flooring provides adequate structural support as against epoxy coating which acts as a protective layer only.
- Epoxy Curing Takes Time
Upon installation, an epoxy floor may appear set (hard) quickly which is usually within 18-24 hours. But just because it appears hard to be walked upon doesn’t mean it is totally cured. A total cure (this is when it takes it final form and fully hard) of an epoxy floor can take 25-30 days.
Also, temperature plays a great impact in the curing process of epoxy floors. This is because cooler temperature tends to slowdown the curing process. Infact, application in temperature under 60 F is totally unadvisable.
- Flexible-grade Epoxy is Stronger
The term ‘flexible’ may not be synonymous to strength or strong but when it come to the world of epoxy, flexible grade epoxy floors are much stronger especially in the aspect of abrasion resistance.
- Area Activity Plays a Huge Role
Before installing an epoxy floor, it is important to take into consideration the activity in the area. Factors such as the temperature of the room, traffic, and exposure to chemicals are to be considered before application. This will help in determining the type, thickness, and product of epoxy coating to be used during the application process.
- Understand the Existing Condition of the Concrete
Understanding the existing condition of the concrete in your space will go a long way in helping you determine if you will need to prefill before applying epoxy coatings. A good way to evaluate the existing condition of the concrete is as follow
If there are no visible signs of aggregate/rocks, then your concrete is smooth and requires no prefilling before application. If there are cracks and small rocks are exposed or there are noticeable large rocks, then there is a great need to prefill before applying epoxy coatings. By prefilling before installation, you are indirectly elongating the durability level of the epoxy floor.
- Proper Floor Drainage is Important
Before you hire an Epoxy Floor Installation for your residential home or office, it is important to identify your floor draining capability. While a good installer may be able to identify issues such as this, it is essential that you bring it to their notice. A good installer will be able to build up your floor to ensure proper drainage and prevent future slip and fall areas.
Above all, it is essential that you employ the service of a credible and experienced epoxy floor installer with outstanding record. Epoxy Central has been installing and selling corrosion resistant epoxy floor coatings for over 20 years. Review our success stories and see how we have helped others solve challenges in their facility with our floor coatings.