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Epoxy Flooring

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epoxy flooring

 

Epoxy Flooring (epoxy floor coating) can be applied over many different materials, including steel, concrete, and wood. However, concrete is the best surface for laying epoxy floors. Epoxy floor coating performance is directly affected by surface preparation. The integrity and the service life will be reduced significantly if the surface is improperly prepared. A proper surface preparation ensures epoxy coating adhesion to the substrate and prolongs the life of the epoxy coating system.

Basic steps for concrete surface preparation:

Examine the Surface – The surface should be checked for barriers such as existing sealers, curing materials, grease, oil, efflorescence, and dirt that must be removed.
Test the Concrete A “water drop” test can be used to determine if a surface is clean.Note: New concrete must be cured at a suitable temperature for at least 28 days.
Clean Uncoated Concrete Remove any chemicals, oil, and grease from the concrete first.
Previously Painted Surfaces If the paint is peeling or degrading in any way, it should be completely removed.
Repair Surface Defects Remove any loose concrete, and clean and fill holes, cracks and other surface defects with an approved method.
Shot blasting Shot blasting is principally used to roughen horizontal surfaces in the preparation for the application of sealers, coatings, or polymer

epoxy flooring surface

epoxy flooring surface

overlays.
Diamond Grinding This method may be used on horizontal surfaces to remove deposits or coatings, and to reduce or smooth a surface profile.
Scarification Scarifying is the rotary action of the cutters (toothed washers). It impacts the surface at a right angle to fracture or pulverize the top surface of the concrete to expose a clean, fresh surface.
Acid etching is the process of applying an acid solution to a concrete surface, allowing the acid to react with and ‘etch’ the concrete.Acid etching of concrete is an acceptable, but less popular method for commercial concrete surface preparation than shot blasting.

Why Choose epoxy floor ?

There are many reason why to choose epoxy floor than other floor covering.Since it is possible to provide the epoxy resin systems of specific characteristics, epoxy floors may be made to satisfy the users’ demands. It is a very great advantage over other floor coverings produced of unchangable physical, technical and chemical characteristics.

Basic characteristics and application of epoxy floors:
Impact Resistance:

Epoxy floors are generally used in areas of idustry where goods are handled in specific spaces, such as productionlines, warehouses, loading bays, and where compressive loads are generated by the movement of goods on trucks, pallets etc.

Slip Resistance:Pedestrian traffic areas require varying degrees of slip resistance,dependent on whether the environment is wet or dry.

Fire Resistance:Fire escape routes,explosive production and storage areas , underground car park decks.

Hygiene:Pharmaceutical, cosmetic, food, beverage, chemical and electronics industries have very demanding sanitary requirements.These industries often need totally dust free and easily cleanable floors, without cracks or angled corners.

Chemical Resistance- Waterproof:Epoxy floor coverings provide an impermeable seal to protect both the concrete and the underlying ground water from the leakage of liquid pollutants, which are also chemically corrosive, as those coming from metal processing, galvanizing, food processing ( milk, meat, vegetables, etc). They are resistant to chemical attacks of the floor by individual and combined chemicals and their mixed effects and consequences of any chemical reactions.

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Some Advantages of using epoxy floor:

Protects concrete from wear , chemical corrosion and chemical deterioration.Reduces wear to transport vehicles and reduces time spent on maintenance. Provides faster material movement through working and transport areas and protects products from damage.Reduces floor maintenance and cleaning costs, producing a cleaner work environment and decreases injuries with non-slip surfaces.Increases light reflectivity and brightens work areas which saves on utility expenses and maximizes work efficiencies.

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