Are you looking for flooring solutions for your garage, industrial use, or outdoor spaces? Epoxy flooring is an option worth considering. The flooring contains hardeners and resins that fuse with a substrate (like concrete) to create a durable and hard-wearing flooring material. Epoxy floors are also affordable, chemical resistant, water and heat resistant, aesthetically pleasing, non-dusting, highly impact-resistant and safe, thanks to their anti-slip properties.
However, what you do before and during installation can make all the difference in the performance of your epoxy flooring. Therefore, here are critical aspects to keep in mind when planning to install epoxy flooring.
Choose The Right Epoxy Flooring
The first step to enjoying the fullest advantage of epoxy flooring is to select the right epoxy solution. To do this, you will need to assess your needs because different types of epoxy flooring perform different functions. Solid epoxy flooring, self-levelling epoxy flooring, flake epoxy flooring, metallic epoxy flooring and gravelled epoxy flooring are standard epoxy flooring types to consider.
Solid epoxy flooring is versatile and comes in several colours. You can apply it on virtually all surfaces. Consider self-levelling epoxy flooring if you want to smoothen damaged or old concrete. However, it's still ideal for new concrete surfaces to create a unique, modern, and sophisticated look.
On the other hand, flake epoxy flooring is ideal for creating a decorative look. Usually, acrylic flakes, also known as chips, are used during installation. Aside from the decorative functions, these chips enhance the flooring's anti-slip properties. And if you're looking for an even more customisable and decorative flooring, gravelled and metallic epoxy flooring are worth a try. Therefore, work with your contractor to ensure you select the right flooring to suit your needs.
Prep The Surface
Surface preparation is crucial before installation and makes all the difference in the performance and aesthetics of your epoxy flooring. Epoxy flooring works by bonding chemically with the substrate. Therefore, your substrate must have the structural integrity and quality needed to ensure a strong chemical bond. You will soon notice peeling, cracking, and other damages on your epoxy flooring without a proper chemical bond. Therefore, clean the surface thoroughly to ensure it's free from contamination. You must also degrease the surface and remove any old or damaged concrete or debris. Once you have cleaned and degreased the surface, remember to apply a primer before the epoxy. Doing this will create the ideal substrate for your epoxy flooring.
For more information about epoxy flooring, contact a local flooring company.