Epoxy flooring is a beautiful, hard coating of the floor using epoxy chemicals. If you are planning to renew the flooring of your house or commercial space, epoxy flooring is your new attractive and cost-effective choice. With options like Marble, Tiles, and Wooden floors, epoxy flooring is gaining popularity among the masses. It gives a reflective and glossy appearance to the floor. It was common in commercial and industrial places. But, its durability and strength; make it popular in housing and residential spaces. Floormaster specialises in epoxy flooring and can assist you in applying your epoxy flooring.
What is Epoxy Flooring?
Epoxy is a hard coating material that consists of polymer resin and glue-like hardening materials. Together they create chemical bonding, and after the reaction, a hard, shiny, and plastic-like surface appear. That is known as an epoxy coating. Unlike plastic or regular paint, epoxy coating is eco-friendly. The glossy floor is not only durable but also stain and water-resistant. Due to its long lifetime, epoxy flooring is not a popular choice in the housing, industrial, and commercial industries. Warehouses, hospitals, schools, factories, offices, and restaurants have epoxy floors.
How Epoxy Flooring protects the Floor?
- Epoxy flooring doesn’t degrade with time. It is durable and long-lasting.
- It is waterproof and highly resistant to stains or other chemicals.
- It has highly reflective and glossy, which significantly spreads the light across the room.
- It is shock-resistant and does not require regular maintenance.
- It allows experimenting with texture and color themes. Some companies are offering 3D styles and pattern which gives your place an appealing look.
- It is affordable and easy to install.
How to apply an Epoxy Coat to the Floor?
Application of epoxy on the floor requires some preparation. If you want a flawless and perfect application, follow the steps.
Prepare the Surface
Before applying an epoxy coating or chemical, make sure you level and clean the floor. The epoxy chemical mixture is poured over concrete. Ideally, the concrete floor should be clean, slightly rough, and oil or grease-free. For the adherence of epoxy chemical and concrete floor, the surface needs careful preparation. The polished or oily surface will never get epoxy stuck to it.
Clean the Surface
Before applying epoxy primer or any chemical, clean the dust and residue from the floor. Experts recommend using a vacuum cleaner for cleaning the floor.
Apply Epoxy Primer
After the floor is ready, apply epoxy primer on the top surface of the ground. Some people disregard this step. However, that is a necessary step to maximize the life of the epoxy coating. It also reduces the risk factor of bubbling. Once a coat of primer is done, you may notice that it gets harder very quickly. Apply the second coat.
Fill holes & cracks
After applying primer, you can easily see any holes or cracks in the floor. For a better result, these cracks or holes need filling. Epoxy patching grouts are available on the market for filling. However, you can use 100% epoxy resin mixed with any filler.
Apply the first coat of Epoxy
Now, your floor is ready to receive an epoxy coating. Apply the first coat and spread it with rollers or a squeegee. The epoxy floor coating gets harder very quickly. Get an expert team and do the second coat rapidly following the first coat. Properly mix the epoxy chemicals. An electric roller will make the job easy to spread the coating evenly.
Final Sanding & Filling
After the first application of coating dries, you may notice some issues. You may see some cracks, lines, or holes. Some dust trapped in the first coating and other minor leveling issues will be visible. Lightly sand the floor and vacuum clean the area. Use epoxy thinner afterward for cleaning any microparticles of dust.
A final coating of Epoxy Flooring
Clean the area for any dust or particles. When the floor is ready, there should be no cracks and holes. Seal the windows before the application of the final touch. Use high-quality rollers for spreading the final coat.
Pro tip: the temperature during the epoxy floor application should be 10 to 30 degrees Celsius. Any warmer temperature will affect the adherence and smooth application.