Epoxy flooring is an interesting, unique flooring material that’s been growing in popularity for quite some time. When a concrete floor is prepared and smoothed, bonding and a protective chemical are mixed together. The chemical reaction will then turn that mixture into a durable, low-resistance, tough plastic coating over a period of several days. The end result is a durable, clean and easy-to-maintain floor. Here’s why:
Epoxy flooring solution has been used in the construction and renovation industry for decades. Its effectiveness is due to the chemical makeup of the solution itself, which consists of resins and a binder base. The resins seal the concrete surface, while the binder provides stability and also acts as a glue for the resins. After the floor is installed, it will need to be thoroughly cleaned and prepared for installation. Here are some important guidelines on the proper installation process.
Cleaning Your Garage Door – If you’ve ever walked into a garage and seen a glazed garage door with a cracked, worn-out seal, chances are good that the garage floor is suffering from some form of damage. This problem is more widespread with wooden garage garages because the wooden composition tends to be more susceptible to wear and tear. Most garage floors are sealed with epoxy flooring, but there are still some dirt and oil deposits within the surface, which can cause some cracking. You should never use a high-pressure washer to clean your epoxy floors, as this can cause severe damage and create a very dirty looking floor. If you must clean your garage floors by using a high-pressure washer, you should set the nozzle to the lowest available setting to avoid damaging your floors.
Polish Installed Concrete – If you have poured your concrete but notice some chipping or peeling, it may be because your concrete is not sealed properly. In order to provide long-lasting protection of your concrete, you will want to seal your concrete before any other application of paint or epoxy flooring. It is important to note that most reputable painting and epoxy flooring dealers will offer this service as part of their overall floor prep services. They’ll even allow you to install a tiny amount of sealer in your garage once they’re done installing your concrete.
Applying Resin – If you’re applying epoxy flooring in your garage, it will usually come pre-primed with a clear resin coating. This coating serves two purposes, as a first line of defense against moisture damage. If you have a carport or shed, it can be very helpful in preventing weather damage. Additionally, this coating will prevent your floor from absorbing too much heat during the summer. If you decide to install a wooden floor, then this coating can help keep out the moisture, which can speed up rotting and cracking.
Resistance to UV Rays – A lot of people install epoxy flooring, thinking it will resist the sun’s rays and reduce fading. However, while the coating will block most of the sunlight, it will not be able to block all of it. If you really want good resistance to UV rays, you should purchase a high SPF coating. Typically SPF 15 is ideal.