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What is Epoxy?

Epoxy in this case refers to a system that is made up of two main components – resins and hardeners.  The resin and hardener is mixed together where they chemically react to form a rigid plastic material that is strong, resistant to degradation and that bonds extremely well to its substrate.  Epoxy floors are so strong that they can be used in even the most demanding of industrial environments.

What are the benefits?

  • Seamless and easy to clean. Mop and light detergent for easy maintenance.
  • Hard, durable, and wear resistant even with vehicular traffic.
  • Attractive and customizable.
  • Slip resistant. Epoxies can have anti slip additives to create a grip and non-slip surface.
  • Low VOC – Epoxy coatings can be low or No VOC’s for environmentally friendly coatings.

Epoxy Color Flake Floor System

  • A popular floor finish for many commercial and residential floors is the Epoxy Color Flake Floor System
  • Floor Preparation including grinding or shot blasting to provide a clean surface.
  • Crack repair to fill and seal all cracks and joints. Epoxy is an ideal material to fill and repair concrete floor cracks.
  • A bond coat is applied as a first coat to seal and coat the entire area. Usually with a colored epoxy similar to the color of the final floor.
  • A second bond coat is then applied followed up by immediately broadcasting vinyl color flakes or chips onto the wet epoxy, until rejection (they no longer stick) and full coverage is achieved.
  • After the color flake coat has cured and any loose materials have been removed a final and often two coat top coat system is applied. The top coats are often not epoxy but a polyurethane or polyaspartic material. Epoxies are ideal for adhesion but can sometimes leave scratch marks if used as a top coat.

Surface Preperation

The single most important process in the installation of epoxy is floor prep. Epoxy Coat Texas uses walk behind grinders to carefully prep the concrete and open the substrate to allow proper penetration of the epoxy! What does this mean to the customer? No peeling! Grinding and short-blasting are the only true way to prep for an epoxy coating. Pressure washing or Acid etching is not only in proper but will certainly cause a floor failure down the road. When searching Epoxy installers for your floor ask what prep process they use if they mention pressure washing or acid etching seek another contractor.