Epoxy Flooring and Epoxy Floor Coating

When people talk about epoxy, they say epoxy floor coatings or epoxy flooring, not knowing that these two epoxy solutions are not the same. The two solutions are epoxy based and they provide a grime resistant, a tough and a durable floor. The difference between the two of them is the amount of epoxy paint layers and the thickness of these layers after they dry. Other than this point, they share plenty of characteristics and they both create a long lasting and a beautiful floor.

Starting with epoxy floor coating, it is a coating system that has a thickness that is less than 2 mm. When this system is being applied, it usually consists of only a few layers of epoxy paint that are applied on the surface of the floor. It is also very user-friendly and this is why if you plan to apply the epoxy yourself, then epoxy floor coating is the best way to go.

All what you will have to do is prep the floor, apply a primer to it then apply the epoxy coating. After all of that is done, it is time to apply a sealant. The epoxy resins of the epoxy floor coating can be adjusted in order to increase the hardness of the coating. The coating also has a great advantage, which is its ability to provide a non slippery surface. It is also resistant to tear and wear, chemicals and can adhere to any surface in your home. It also comes in a wide array of colors so they can fit the interior design of your home. There are paint chip kits that will help add a flake like or a speckled like appearance to the floor.

As for Epoxy Flooring, it has to have a thickness of at least 2 mm. Epoxy floors have multiple layers of epoxy that are applied onto one another. The thickness of the epoxy flooring makes it the best type of flooring for heavy traffic areas, this is why it is used as garage floor coverings as well as hangars’ floors, industrial facilities and plants. Like the epoxy paint, it is highly resistant to chemicals, which means that it can be easily cleaned because any oil stains or any other chemicals spills will not adhere to the surface.

There are different types of epoxy floors, there are self-dispersing ones that are commonly used in heavy vehicle traffic areas.  Sand quartz can be added to the self-dispersing epoxy in order to create a non slippery surface in the areas where liquid spills are expected.

Another type is self leveling epoxy garage floor which is used in residential areas such as the kitchen or the garage. As for the stronger type of them all, it is mortar epoxy, this is why it is dedicated for heavy duty areas.

There are other types that are dedicated for areas that need a static free environment such as laboratories, computer manufacturing plants and hospitals. They are called epoxy antistatic floors.

 

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