A Reader’s Manual On Epoxy Flooring
An epoxy system consists of a requisite proportion of resins and hardeners which when mixed together form a very rigid plastic material. This material is very strong, resistant, durable, bonds well with the lower layers and shows properties tending to that of the metals. With such properties of epoxy, epoxy flooringis the method of the permanent covering of a floor by epoxy paints such that it shows the desirable properties of a general epoxy surface. These floors are very strong and durable and hence find their applications in areas like industrial floor spaces, hospitals, stadiums or other large commercial areas. The article further discusses in detail about the same and lays down the basic steps for the process.ESD resistant floors, that are used in industrial floor spaces to prevent any form of static industrial hazard and used in an environment dealing with flammable materials.
The guide for the Epoxy Flooring
Despite the different types of epoxy flooring, there are some basic processes that are common in all of these. The following guide details on the basic steps followed in Epoxy Flooring, irrespective of its types: –
- Preparing the surface– It is the first and foremost step. It involves preparing the surface by sanding or diamond grinding, followed by elaborate cleaning and sweeping of the floor by industrial graded vacuums to remove all of the dust before beginning with priming.
- Priming and filling– Then the floor is to be primed with a suitable epoxy primer to give a longer life and better sticking of the substrate to the surface. This step also seals the substrate from unwanted gases. Post this, all of the holes and cracks are filled up with epoxy grout to improving the anchoring.
- Applying the epoxy flooring coating– Post the preparation steps, the first coat of paint is applied after preparation of the solution of desired concentration, followed by applying the further layers with a roller and at last finishing with the final coat carefully to have the best final surface look. Before placing the final layer, care must be taken that all of the micro-cracks have been filled and all of the dust particles have been cleaned to impart the perfect texture to the floor.
Post mixing of the resins and hardeners, application work must be hastened up before the epoxy solution gets hardened up and hence renders useless.