Epoxy Coating For Floors Could be Perfect… However, Take Care
Epoxy is a wonderful resin that can be cured to a tough, durable polymer. It is used in a variety of applications. Epoxy is widely used in electrical and electronic industries as an encapsulant. Epoxy cures into a tough and durable polymer with high adhesion properties that makes it the perfect coating to line acid tanks, to coat iron pipes and grilles to protect them from rust and effects of weathering and epoxy is also used for industrial flooring, especially in places where there are corrosive chemicals such as strong acids and alkalis. Besides being strong, epoxy also resists chemicals and it does not stain easily. That makes it a prime candidate for floor coating in homes.
Epoxy qualities and advantages
Epoxy’s other quality is that it can take additives in the form of colours or additives to impart grained, textured or patterned looks when it is laid out as floor coating. Epoxy coating made this way has a wonderful, smooth, uniform look. If you are thinking of giving your floor a makeover, think epoxy coating. There are inherent advantages:
• Epoxy cures into a tough durable coating that resists most chemicals and it is also stain resistant. It bonds well with concrete and increases its strength.
• Epoxy coating on floors can transform looks from dull to bright. Epoxy can be used as a transparent coating or it can be mixed with additives to impart the desired colour.
• The floor has a uniform, continuous look.
• It is easy to clean and maintain. Epoxy is resistant to fungus, bacteria and pathogens.
• Epoxy coatings are versatile and affordable.
• Epoxy is also abrasion and impact resistant.
Apply coatings anywhere
Epoxy can be applied anywhere. You can apply it in the bathroom, in garages, in living rooms, and even exteriors if a UV resistant grade of epoxy is used. It can be applied to floors and to walls as well as ceilings to give a durable, beautiful finish. Epoxy bonds well with most materials, including concrete, stone, masonry and iron. That makes it the ideal paint for outdoor grills and iron frames, especially recommended if you live by the seashore where salty air can be highly corrosive.
Versatility is just one feature of epoxy. It is available as a two or three component resin. Majority of epoxy coatings are two part and they can even be water-based, allowing you to use water to thin the coating to the right consistency.
Things to keep in mind
Whether you are coating floors or walls or steel grilles with epoxy there are a few things to keep in mind.
• The surface must be cleaned and scrubbed thoroughly, preferably sanded and all dust or other particles must be removed prior to application of the coating.
• There must be no moisture. This precludes its use where moisture is present as in basements and floors which may develop dampness during winter.
• It may not be suitable for wood since expansion and contraction may cause epoxy to peel off.
• If a heavy load is dropped the hard epoxy surface may chip and crack.
• A primer must be applied prior to application of the epoxy coat.
• The substrate should be strong enough. Epoxy can be stronger than cement, but if cement is weak and breaks off, then your work goes to waste.
That said, epoxy is still one of the best polymer-based coatings you can get. It is strong, it has good adhesion properties and it wears well if suitable precautions are taken. When used wisely on floors, you will make them stronger and look better.