Epoxy Floor Finishing
Are you looking for a safe floor for either your office or home? The Epoxy floor finishing is the answer. For many reasons, you can’t go wrong with a coating of epoxy, No matter where you install it, epoxy floor finishing will provide you with just about the safest and most slip-resistant flooring you could need. Epoxy flooring also provides you with just about the most beautiful, sturdy and durable flooring.
For best installation results, your choice in an epoxy expert is essential. You need an expert with the experience and dedication to top-quality work required to reap all the aesthetic and functional benefits out of your epoxy flooring. Such floors are suitable for light and medium wear and tear, perfect for garages and storage rooms. To install the epoxy floor;
- First, the floor has to be clear from everything that is movable.
- Prepare the surface. The mechanical preparation of the flooring is necessary to ensure adhesion between the epoxy product and the substrate. Suitable methods are sandblasting or diamond-grinding. Any oil contaminated surfaces may also require chemical cleaning.
- Sweeping and cleaning of the floor to remove any dust or lingering debris, before the addition of the sealant. You can use an industrial vacuum that picks up even small dust particles. The less micro-dust on the surface the less primer you will need. Otherwise, you will have various particles trapped within the coat and adhesion will be significantly weakened.
- Priming and Filling; prime the floor with a suitable epoxy primer. Priming will give your floor a longer life and better adherence to the substrate. Furthermore, it will seal the substrate thus eliminating the risks of bubbles and gases. Priming also helps reduce the amount of product usage in the later stages. Ensure that the ventilation of the areas is appropriate. It is common to coat two layers of primer to properly seal the floor. Open the base and hardener components. Mix both elements independently before adding them together in the larger container. Use a proper electrical mixer to mix the A and B component of the primer well.
- Fill all cracks and holes with epoxy grout. For thin cracks, it may be necessary to slice them with a diamond cutter before filling to improve the anchoring of the grout.
- Applying the epoxy floor coating; Empty all the contents of the hardener in the component A. Use an electric mixer and mix well as poor mixing will lead to a tacky floor. The proper blend of the two epoxy paint components is very important
- Apply the product with a roller; when it comes to applying the epoxy floor coating, you will want to read the manufacturer’s instructions and follow them carefully. Use a good quality roller, as poor quality rollers may start to shed. The first coat of epoxy can be applied. Before the installation of the second coat, the first coat must first be allowed to tack over. You may also need to sand some uneven surfaces that appeared after the first coat. Wait for an extra day for the grout to dry before re-coating if necessary. It is vital to provide as much ventilation as possible to the area to help the epoxy to dry. Applying Epoxy Floor Coating in cold, damp, non-ventilated environments can delay drying for long periods of time.
- Apply the final coat. Before placing the final coat fill up all the holes and cracks, and collect all the dust. Otherwise, you will get an ugly texture on the final surface. Finally, a durable urethane topcoat is applied, which helps protect the new flooring. All of this together is what provides you with the best possible flooring, as well as most exceptional protection for concrete surfaces. Seal off the area, to avoid traffic until the curing of the surface is complete.
NOTE: Remember most epoxy products have a pot life of approximately 40 minutes (or less) so only mix one bucket at a time and get to work immediately.
Epoxy resin flooring can be used for both commercial and residential purposes. There are several key considerations when using it in different situations. It may be that you need higher grade flooring in some industrial settings and that epoxy flooring isn’t suitable in all domestic settings