Basic characteristics and application of epoxy floors:
- Impact Resistance: Epoxy floors are generally used in areas of industry where goods are handled in specific spaces, such as production lines, 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 on the floor by individual and combined chemicals and the mixed effects and consequences of any chemical reactions.
- Temperature - Thermal Shock: Activities such as autoclaving, cooking, sterilizing or blast freezing are carried out by extreme temperatures or extreme variations of temperature.
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Some Advantages of using an Epoxy Quartz floor:
An epoxy floor protects concrete from wear, chemical corrosion and chemical deterioration. Reduces wear due 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 a brighter work area, which saves on utility expenses and maximizes work efficiencies.
Advantages of an Epoxy Chip floor:
Epoxy flaked floors play a special role in the interior design. The use of color flakes provides decorative floors that offer more than other ornamental products, and that is quality. Flake epoxy floors are very easy to keep clean, even with high-pressure water sprays. The slightly textured surface gives the floor good anti-skid qualities. This is especially important for areas where the floor gets wet like entryways, and pool sides.
Color Flakes are supplied in many colors and different sizes, and the right color combination produces extraordinary effects.
Epoxy Flooring 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. Typically we V-Cut all Cracks and fill expansion joints and cracks with an elastomeric to prevent cracks from reappearing thru the new epoxy floor.
- Shot Blasting - Shot blasting is the preferred method available to create a profile for epoxy, polycrete or Methyl Methacrylate (MMA) floors to bond to. Shotblasting creates 3 times the surface profile for a seamless floor to bond to. A properly prepared surface will give the end user many years of service.
- Diamond Grinding - This method is used for the edges of the floor or open areas that require a smoother profile because of surface profile when a thin mil system is specified.
- 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.
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