Protecting concrete floors is essential, especially in high-trafficked areas. In these areas, it is vital to keep the concrete looking smooth, professional, and durable at all times. Pro Concrete Design specializes in providing clients with high-quality epoxy flooring. Our high-quality flooring will help any business or workplace stand out to customers and clients.
One way to ensure that the concrete floor is protected and always looking its best is by applying a protective coating. The primary usefulness of an epoxy coating is its abrasion resistance, making it perfect for high-traffic areas such as warehouses, garages, and factories.
Epoxy coating is incredibly resilient against chemicals and water compared to other types of finishes. They can stand up exceptionally well in harsh environments. They are adamant and versatile. It can be applied to a wide variety of concrete surfaces.
What Is Epoxy Flooring?
Epoxy flooring is a type of flooring material made using a mixture of polymers. Typically, epoxy flooring provides an extra layer of protection on existing floors. Epoxy is highly durable, making it useful for many industrial settings.
Epoxy flooring is applied in liquid form and then dried to create a rigid, protective surface. The polymers gel together to create a solid layer of protection on the floor. The sealer protects the concrete surface underneath from rusting or corrosion due to exposure to chemicals or liquids commonly found in these environments. Epoxy is highly durable and abrasion-resistant, useful in many industry settings. It’s also straightforward to clean compared to other types of flooring.
Many people think that epoxy is just a coat of paint that a concrete specialist should apply to the flooring. This statement is far from the truth, as epoxy provides much more robust protection from heavy foot traffic and other standard wear.
Epoxy is technically a floor coating, which can be water, solvent, or solid-based. These different types of epoxy each have different features, which can provide various degrees of floor protection.
This type of coating comes in two separate parts, which people must mix to adhere to a floor or surface properly. Many people believe that epoxy is a clear coating over a surface, giving it a shiny look.
While some epoxies can come in clear or transparent color, many epoxies can also give floors a stained, polished look, depending on customer needs. Epoxies come in various colors and styles, which meet a variety of consumers’ needs.
How Long Does Epoxy Flooring Last?
The longevity for epoxies depends on use but typically, they last around ten years before showing signs of wear. When applied, epoxy can be sanded and repainted multiple times.
Epoxy applications are also easy to repair if a small section becomes damaged. Small chips can be repaired with an epoxy mortar, which bonds the old and new flooring materials together.
Pro Concrete Design’s Epoxy Solutions
Pro Concrete Design has teamed up with industry leaders in epoxies and graphic design to bring our clients quality epoxy coatings that last. No matter what type of sealant we apply, our clients feel reassured that our product choice is of the highest quality. We work on epoxy projects of all sizes and scopes, allowing business owners to have access to polished, smooth flooring for any space.
Epoxy coatings allow business owners to explore numerous styles and designs for their floor space. Many clients do not realize that epoxy flooring opens the door to such a wide variety of possibilities, which is where our diligent team can help.
Epoxy flooring comes in many varieties, making it an effective way to increase the appeal of a floor or surface. Epoxy flooring can appear smooth and shiny with a translucent finish or elegant and stylized with a decorative acrylic flake. Our team helps customers explore these many options, which gives them plenty of ideas for their new floor space.
Benefits of Epoxy Flooring
There are several benefits associated with epoxy coating concrete floors. The coating has a high resistance to chemicals and mild acids. Epoxy concrete coating is also resistant to stains and doesn’t absorb liquids. It is also impact-resistant to withstand heavy foot traffic and equipment usage.
Epoxy flooring is a hugely beneficial aspect of floor redesign and polishing. It allows a business owner to access durability that ordinary floors don’t seem to have. While many floors under heavy usage quickly show signs of wear, epoxy flooring is a great way to protect your investment and ensure a floor or surface lasts for years to come.
Here are just a few of the benefits of epoxy flooring:
- People can complete jobs quickly
- Can withstand heavy usage and industrial equipment
- Make a room look more spacious
- Add a decorative element to any room or location
- Resistant to chemical and heat damage
- Improves a floor’s durability
- And more
Epoxy floors are very durable. The material doesn’t chip, stain, fade, or peel, making it one of the most robust decorative finishes available for concrete surfaces today. Epoxy flooring is also able to withstand extreme temperatures.
At Pro Concrete Design, we specialize in providing our clients with a quality epoxy job that will last them for years to come. We know that epoxy flooring has plenty of benefits, which we are happy to pass to our customers and clients.
No matter the condition of our clients’ floors, we are happy to prepare an epoxy for any floor space. Once a person has adequately prepared their floor, our professionals will install an industrial line of epoxies and urethanes that are guaranteed to adhere to a surface. This epoxy will create a beautiful floor that will last for years.
Why You Should Get Epoxy Flooring
Epoxy flooring is an excellent alternative to other flooring options such as carpet and tile. The application of epoxy coating concrete floors is cost-efficient and can even help you save money in the long term. It also requires very little maintenance.
Epoxy flooring acts as a decorated finish, but it can also be applied over an existing floor for added protection if needed. Epoxy coating concrete floors have been known for durability and withstand heavy foot traffic, chemical exposure, temperature extremes, high humidity areas, and more.
There are several types of epoxy finishes, including solvent-based and water-based. Each type of epoxy has its advantages that should be considered before proceeding with your project.
Solvent-based epoxy contains methyl ethyl ketone, which is a powerful solvent. This type of coating provides the highest build. It can take up to two days to cure at room temperature. Solvent-based epoxy also comes in two different finishes.
- High Gloss
- Matte/Flat Finish
Water-based epoxy flooring contains no MEK or other harsh chemicals, making it much safer for the environment. MEK is classified as a hazardous air pollutant by the EPA and can cause central nervous system damage. Water-based epoxy has a much shorter cure time than solvent-based. It’s ideal for those who want to do their finishing in just one day. Water-based epoxy also comes in two different finishes.
- High Gloss
- Matte/Flat Finish
Water-based epoxy is also available in UV resistance, allowing you to use it on flooring to ensure UV lighting is used. Water-based epoxy cannot be applied over oil-based coatings without an additive to modify the coating for adhesion between the two different sealers or coatings.
Advantages of Epoxy Flooring
There are many benefits to epoxy over traditional oil-based finishes. Epoxies are thinner and faster drying than most liquid hard wax oils. You can do several coats within one day or less wherewith liquid hard wax oil; you need 4 hours between coats. Because you will have to apply fewer coats, this allows for a faster turnaround time on your project if time is an issue for you.
Epoxies are more resilient against damage than liquid oils, making them the best choice for high-traffic surfaces like flooring, where there is a lot of heavy foot traffic and heavy furniture moving over the floors. Epoxies do not show dents or scratches as quickly as liquid oils.Epoxy coatings have a very long lifespan, between 5 to 10 years, whereas oil finishes will wear off in about two years due to solvents evaporating.
What To Do Before Applying Epoxy Coating
Many people believe that people can quickly apply epoxy on top of a floor or surface. Unfortunately, the process is nowhere near this easy. Instead, a floor must undergo preparation before the person can apply the epoxy.
Prepping the floor for epoxy ensures that:
- Removes imperfections from the surface
- The floor is clean
- Repairs damages before application
- Dust and debris are not present
- The epoxy job goes smoothly
Without preparation, epoxying the floor could result in unnecessary issues, such as:
- Bumpy surfaces
- Problematic cracks
- Uneven epoxy application
- Future floor damage
- Less durability
- And more
There are a few ways to prepare a floor for epoxy coating. These methods allow business owners to apply epoxy, saving them time and money effectively. Floor prepping serves as an easy way to protect the integrity of a surface, all while keeping it smooth before the epoxy treatment begins.
Here are a few of the most popular methods of pre-epoxy floor preparation:
- Shot Blasting
- Acid Etching
- Diamond Grinding
We’ve given a brief rundown of these various methods below:
During this method of floor preparation, a machine fires metallic projectiles at the floor, which smooths it out without leaving a residue behind.
A flooring specialist applies an acid solution on top of the floor, spreading it across the surface with a scrubber. After the acid has settled, the residue should be removed by power washing and vacuuming the remnants.
Using a floor grinder, a person can restore their bumpy or rough floor, giving it the smoothness it needs. Like acid etching, this process leaves the remnants of flooring, which people should vacuum up to leave the area with a polished, smooth look.
Contact Pro Concrete Design
If you’re looking for quality concrete polishing and epoxy services, then look no further than Pro Concrete Design. We offer quality commercial and polished industrial concrete and resin flooring to our clients.
We have 30 years of polished concrete and resinous flooring installation experience, driving our business since we opened in 2005.
We would love to bring our superior craft to your polished concrete project. If you have any questions or are interested in our services, please call us at 913-302-0660 or email us. We look forward to helping bring your polished concrete project to life!