Epoxy coatings for floors have a history when it comes to longevity that actually dates back more than sixty years ago. Traditionally, epoxies were used in the form of an application of a seamless type coating over wooden flooring. The more popular epoxy systems used to be hand-broadcasted “flake flooring” systems. But the urethanes and epoxies would discolour with a yellowing colour over time caused by a lack of UV resistance. In addition, certain components and solvents in the epoxies emitted toxins and odours. Today, with regulations and the latest technology, manufacturers of urethane and epoxy products have formulated far safer products that protect the environment and human beings.
Decorative Epoxy Coatings For Flooring Systems
Today, epoxy flooring has advanced immensely and the current industry has created various decorative application types. Some of these include coloured-quartz, metallic, vinyl chip and the solid coloured epoxy systems. There are a host of possibilities for each type of system.
About Epoxy Resins
Manufacturers typically provide 2 different epoxy polymers that are now used widely for decorative flooring systems. These include Aliphatic Resins and Aromatic Resins. The Aromatic type is generally recommended for only interior applications as they discolour over time and the absence of UV resistance. However, the Aliphatic Resins offer outstanding UV resistance and are usable for exterior and interior applications. These Resins come in emulsion resins, solvent-based or 100% solids resins.
The 100% solids resins will cure without the need to flash off the solvents. These materials harden simultaneously offering a durable and strong epoxy flooring system. This epoxy resin type is widely used for a number of exterior and interior applications. At the stage of curing, the solvent based type resins let off solvents into the air and are highly flammable. This is why this system is best for exterior use only. The emulsion resins are also popular due to that the main carrier is water with minimal amounts of solvent. In general, the emulsion resins are best suited for interior application.
Sought After Epoxy Finishes For Flooring Applications
With the extensive variety of resins now available, the epoxy industry is definitely booming. The vinyl-chip epoxy coatings are used commonly in both commercial and residential applications and they come in several shapes and sized with an extensive range of colour choices. Another popular choice is the solid-colour epoxies that are easy to maintain, stain resistant and offer protection. The metallic epoxy flooring systems mimic marble finishes and are a sought after choice for night-clubs and restaurants.
Versatality of Epoxy Coatings
Apart from the obvious applications in factories and warehousing, food and beverage industry, exhibition areas, sports centres and many more, recent innovations have created a demand for the more aesthetic, coloured and custom-designed floors required by entertainment areas, showrooms, boutiques and other retail applications.
Heavy duty epoxy screeds are often used in factories where floors are subject to high impact, wear, abrasion and chemical attack. These floors have very good mechanical strength, and epoxy and polymer screeds on concrete floors provide a seamless floor with heavy duty wear characteristics and the ability to perform in areas with forklift and heavy truck traffic. The self-levelling varieties are commonly used in kitchens, dining rooms, storage areas and in car workshops, because they protect the concrete from wear, chemical corrosion and chemical deterioration, combined with ease of cleaning and low maintenance. With no cracks or angled corners, these floor coverings provide the ultimate in hygienic flooring
Professional Installation Is Important
Since there is a renewed interest in the epoxy flooring, the emphasis is now aimed at professional installation. Having a professional installation is the key to obtaining longevity and durability of these flooring types. Typically, a good quality floor system provides outstanding adhesion, resistance to impact, harsh chemicals and stains. These systems are designed in such a way that they can last for many years while looking great years after regular use.
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