Among the many components in the building industry for many years is the formulation of epoxy. And since we usually use this material in floor applications, it is important then that we know some matters about epoxy floor coatings.
The key behind high performing epoxy coatings are the epoxy resins which form as the core materials in formulating quality epoxy based primers, top coats and sealants. With this resin component, epoxy floor coatings can serve well on floor finishes, protect floor coats, serve as fire retardants, act as waterproofing, and help paints to be damage resistant.
Be informed that epoxy coatings can be applied in many types of surface, such as concrete, steel and other surfaces. Some flooring applications are specific in their coating systems depending on the kind of material used for the substrate, but it is with epoxy coatings that you can work on practically all kinds of surfaces.
Epoxy coatings have epoxy resin molecules composed of the chemistry between bisphenol A and epichlorohydrin organochlorine/epoxide compounds that would result to the floor coatings that are highly water resistant, chemical and air intrusion, that would avoid corrosion on metal and concrete surfaces.
Epoxies can further increased its performance once combined with other materials like epoxy amine systems, epoxy sulfide systems, aliphatic epoxy systems, and hybrid epoxy systems, leading to a better adhesion and fast curing times, and more glossy surface appearance. Other materials like alkyds and acrylics can be combined with epoxy coating systems too to work very well in its performance.
Heavy duty floors in manufacturing plants, warehouse floors, heavy machinery garages and airplane hangars can be protected from many kinds of damages upon application of epoxy floor coatings.
Be informed that epoxy coatings have adhesive properties that is so impressive with the adhesive power of 1.5 thousand pounds per square inch of flooring, thus equating the floors to remain compact and in good condition for long periods of time even if there is physical loads of high intensity on the flooring.
Epoxy floor coatings contain pigments that will expand fast when there is exposure to heat, making the coatings good fire retardants. As the pigments expand, it serves as a barrier protection that lasts long enough until the fire is put off.
The fact that epoxy floor coatings can be water borne, high solids or solvent borne, makes it effective in many surfaces.
Epoxy floor coatings then remain to be among the most used coating systems because it can meet any kind of surface coating application, and this is all because of its inherent chemical properties that make the coating high performing and versatile.