Epoxy is a two-part resin that cures through the chemical combination of adhesion and hardening. An epoxy floor coating is one that cures hard and tough enough to withstand impact and abuse while remaining flexible to prevent cracks from forming, thus sustaining the surface’s integrity. Epoxy coatings are available in a variety of colors and effects (flat, matte, shimmery) and can be mixed with other modifying additives like metallic flakes or dry pigments for even more varied finishes.
Epoxies are very popular due to their longevity; they offer unmatched chemical resistance because once cured, they cannot be dissolved by any known substance. This makes them suitable for use as clear protective coatings over concrete floors (among other surfaces) in industrial and laboratory settings where spills of harsh chemicals are a common occurrence. Epoxy coatings can also be used to seal and protect wood floors, as well as to adhere and encapsulate flooring materials like vinyl tiles or cork.
What are the benefits of using epoxy floor coatings?
Epoxy floor coatings provide a number of benefits that include:
Protection from spills and stains: One of the main advantages of using an epoxy coating is that it provides a layer of protection against spills and stains. This is especially beneficial in areas where there is a high risk of spills, such as in kitchens, garages, and workshops.
Durability: Epoxy coatings are extremely durable and can withstand heavy traffic and regular abuse.
Aesthetics: Epoxy coatings come in a variety of colors and finishes, so you can choose the one that best suits your needs and preferences. They also give floors a high-gloss, polished appearance that is great for areas like lobbies or showrooms.
What types of epoxy floor coatings are available?
There are two kinds of epoxy used in the flooring industry: solvent-borne and water-borne. Here is a brief description of each type to help you determine which one best fits your needs:
Solvent-Borne Epoxy Coating: As the name implies, solvent-borne epoxies contain solvents. Since they dry faster than water-borne epoxies, they’re more popular among commercial contractors who need to install them quickly before an event takes place. The downside, however, is that solvents can be harmful to the environment should they escape from the coating.
Water-Borne Epoxy Coating: Water-borne epoxies are more popular among homeowners and DIYers because they’re easier to work with. They don’t release any harmful fumes, and they dry slowly, giving you enough time to apply them evenly without runs or drips.