Epoxy Coatings - Epoxy Concrete Coatings
When ever someone sees and epoxy floor, they just fall in love with them; but not all concrete floors can handle an epoxy coating. Before you invest time and money into having your floors covered in epoxy, you must do a vapor test.
You see, concrete breathes, it wicks out moisture, sub foundation moisture from below the surface. And when you cover the surface with a solid epoxy layer, well, moisture can build up and cause the adhesion of the product to fail. Then you are talking about removal of the bad layer, and with epoxy, patch and filling bad areas is not a viable option.
Make sure a vapor test is performed first, this will tell you if epoxy coatings for your floors is even an option. Okay, so lets say you did the vapor moisture test and everything is okay. The next thing that's going to happen is you will need to prep the surface for the adding of epoxy.
This is done by grinding, scratching up the face of the concrete, this will help the adhering properties of the epoxy to work best. Then it's off to fix the cracks and holes in your existing floor. Contractors use a wide range of specialized products for filling in these spots; and then the repaired areas are grinded down to match the surface level of the rest of the floor.
After that, the floor needs to be cleaned so that there is no dust or dirt left over from the floor repair work. Any contaminants left behind will weaken the bonding agents of the epoxy to the surface. This is the one rule you can't cut corners on, your concrete surface has to be clean.
Next, a mixing station/area is set up to prepare the chemical combinations of the epoxy, and then it is poured onto the floor and squeegeed to the desired thickness. On the bottom of these specialized squeegee tools, they can be adjusted for depth, so that the epoxy product is in deed the same thickness across the floor.
One of the big problems at this point for most pour jobs, is BUGS! That's right, those pesky little critters that fly over your newly poured finish to find a spot you can't reach; or worse yet, if you touch it, you'll snow cone that spot. Snow coning means instead of being flat like the rest of the surface, you make a small snow cone shaped area pop up from the floor.
These problem bug areas have to be worked out after the floor is poured. Your contractor knows how to make the best of it, and don't get upset when you see that first kamikaze bug hit the surface, it's all part of life with pouring an epoxy floor. Your local contractor knows how to correct little bug problems without messing up the rest of the floor. But when the surface has cured, and is ready to use, an epoxy coated floor can be one of the most beautiful surfaces that you could hope for. Designs, patterns and lines can be ground into the existing epoxy and later filled with grout to give a tiled effect.
Check with your local concrete flooring contractor to see if your floor can handle an epoxy coating. You'll love the selection of colors; they can be made to match any design project for your retail, warehouse, airport hanger, industrial setting and large residential project. Call your local concrete polishing contractor today and get a free estimate, find out if Epoxy coatings are for you.