Specifying a flooring system for your commercial or industrial facility can be a daunting process, especially when you may have little or no knowledge about the products on offer. In the following post, we take a look at one of the most popular flooring systems available on the market and review its features and benefits.
This is your weekly “Flooring Systems Explained” blog series, and today, we’re here to discuss epoxy flooring systems.
So, let’s start at the beginning:
What is “Epoxy”?
Epoxy is a term used to represent a class of synthetic thermosetting polymers, which contain epoxide groups. Epoxy resins are known to bond exceptionally well to their substrate.
What is Epoxy Flooring?
Epoxy flooring is a flooring surface that comprises of multiple layers of epoxy systems. The epoxy system itself is a combination of epoxy resins and hardeners. Epoxy resin when mixed with a hardener forms a rigid plastic material. This material is incredibly strong, durable and resistant to chemical degradation. When applied to a floor in layers, it gives the floor strength, durability and an aesthetic finish.
What are the Benefits of Epoxy Flooring?
Epoxy flooring is considered one of the best flooring options for commercial, industrial and healthcare facilities. It offers:
- A seamless and smooth finish
- An attractive look
- Low maintenance
- High slip resistance
- Excellent chemical resistance
What are the Different Types of Epoxy Floorings and Where Can You Apply Them?
There are over thirty different types of epoxy flooring systems. Below are the most popular ones:
Self-leveling epoxy floors
The self-leveling epoxy system is applied over new, old, or damaged concrete floors to create a seamless, shiny and durable flooring surface. The system comes in many different colors.
Ideal for: commercial garages, showrooms, athletic facilities, warehouses, manufacturing buildings, aircraft hangars, commercial kitchens, and more.
Quartz-filled epoxy floors
The quartz-filled epoxy flooring system comprises of epoxy resin and colored quartz grains. It is a flooring system typically utilized for decorative spaces that require slip resistant, durable and sanitary floors.
Ideal for: restrooms, locker rooms, cafeterias, schools, lobbies, showrooms, offices, and more.
Epoxy mortar floors
The epoxy mortar flooring system is arguably the most stringent epoxy floor system available. It is made up of solid epoxy resin and quartz or graded sand. It is typically used for spaces that require strong and highly chemically-resistant floors.
Ideal for: mechanical rooms, manufacturing plants, warehouses, restaurants, commercial kitchens and areas where heavy equipment and machines are to be used.
Epoxy flake floors
The epoxy flake flooring system is made up of stained flakes or chips that are placed in epoxy resin to create multi-hued, resilient floor surfaces. This type of flooring system is mainly used in spaces where aesthetics and slip-resistance matters.
Ideal for: sports venues, locker rooms, automotive showrooms, laundromats, clinics, and more.
Anti-static epoxy floors
The anti-static epoxy flooring system is quite commonly used in industrial settings as it helps to reduce electrostatic discharge, a serious safety hazard in industrial workplaces. It typically contains a layer of conductive material embedded within the epoxy floor that dissipates any accumulated charge.
Ideal for: pharmaceutical, electronics or chemical manufacturing plants and service areas that use flammable liquids or gases for operations.
Epoxy floors are pretty versatile and offer properties and benefits that are hard to find in other flooring systems. They are affordable and practical for industrial, commercial and healthcare facilities flooring needs.
Here, at CSS Coatings, we specialize in epoxy floor installations. Our epoxy flooring services come with a one-year warranty and guarantee the highest standards of workmanship.Our main office is located in Bowling Green, KY, but we also serve other locations and states, notably Tennessee, Florida, Indiana, Ohio, Alabama, Georgia, Missouri, Texas, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Illinois, Virginia and West Virginia. Get in touch with us today to discuss your epoxy flooring project.