When it comes to warehouses, car parks, manufacturing facilities or other industrial or commercial premises, the flooring surface is incredibly important. You need a surface that’s durable and smooth, requires minimal maintenance and can stand up to heavy machinery traffic, moisture, chemicals and a whole lot more.
Epoxy coatings offer all these benefits and more.
What is Epoxy Flooring?
Epoxy flooring surfaces (also known as resinous flooring) are made from a combination of polymer resins and hardeners, which when combined creates a chemical reaction that results in an epoxy surface. This surface bonds to the flooring substrate creating an incredibly tough, plastic-like surface that is durable and resistant to chemical and physical damage and wear and tear.
Epoxy flooring offers a range of benefits and is perfectly suited to high-traffic industrial and commercial premises that require a smooth low-maintenance flooring surface.
So, let’s have a look at some of the benefits of epoxy floor coatings.
The main benefit of epoxy flooring is its incredible durability. It has a longer lifespan than most other types of flooring. With proper application, an epoxy coating can be expected to withstand even the toughest daily use for decades. Concrete is the only other flooring material that rivals the durability of epoxy. And since epoxy flooring generally requires a concrete substrate, epoxy coatings actually enhance the durability of concrete flooring.
This toughness is what makes epoxy floor coatings so desirable for high traffic industrial and commercial flooring requirements.
Improves air quality
Epoxy coatings are great for indoor heavy-use flooring. Because the surface provides an incredibly tough sealed surface over the substrate, it prevents damage to the concrete flooring beneath.
Daily wear and tear or damage to unsealed concrete flooring will release concrete dust into the air. Over time, this dust can build up, affecting air quality and leading to respiratory, eye and skin problems. With an epoxy coating, the concrete substrate is protected from wear and tear, preventing the release of concrete dust into the air.
Longevity and resistance
When properly installed, epoxy flooring can be expected to last several decades without cracking or peeling while only requiring very light maintenance.
An epoxy coating is also resistant to chemicals, oil and water, making it ideal for industrial and commercial flooring surfaces that get exposed to corrosive or abrasive substances. The surface is also heat resistant and because it’s a non-porous surface, it will remain incredibly hygienic with regular cleaning.
Seamless and smooth
Warehouses and other commercial premises often require seamless and smooth flooring surfaces to ensure optimal operating conditions for machinery like forklifts and to improve worker safety and reduce the risk of trips and falls. Because of its method of application, epoxy floor coatings provide a completely seamless surface. Floor coatings can also be self-dispersing and self-leveling, creating a smooth level surface even if the substrate isn’t entirely level.
Epoxy coatings can be mixed with paints and colours and applied in different ways to create visible patterns, line markings and identifiable walkway areas. In this way, you can create the necessary floor safety markings for your premises without compromising the durability or consistency of the flooring surface.
Epoxy coatings can also be mixed with anti-slip additives to reduce the slip and fall risks for employees.
The surface can also help to improve workplace visibility due to the smooth, glossy surface reflecting light off the floor.
Easy to clean and maintain
With very little maintenance you can expect to get decades of use out of an epoxy coated floor.
Compared to other heavy duty flooring surfaces, epoxy flooring is cheap to install. Because it can be applied over existing concrete flooring and other solid surfaces, there is comparatively little preparation required before application. While the existing flooring does have to be thoroughly cleaned, it doesn’t require installing additional substrate levels or precisely leveling the existing floor. And this reduces the cost and time requirements of installation.
If you’re looking for a tough flooring surface that can stand up to the heavy industrial and commercial traffic while enhancing workplace safety, it’s worth looking into the benefits of epoxy floor coatings for your business.