Installing a new floor requires careful thought. Before getting started, your installation service will make sure that your floor is prepped for the process. It’s always a good idea to start with an epoxy floor primer—not only will it save you time, but also money and effort later on.
What is Epoxy Primer?
An epoxy primer is essentially the foundation of the floor coating system. This kind of primer is used to offer a non-porous finish. Its main function is to penetrate deeper into the pores of the floor surface to form a better mechanical bond. The primer’s adhesive trait makes for a great base coat; it’s the layer upon which more coats and topcoats are applied.
We recommend that you apply an epoxy primer to all your concrete surfaces to enhance durability. The following are 4 reasons why you should always prime epoxy floors:
As we mentioned above, an epoxy floor primer can penetrate the substrates and enhances bonding between your floor coat and the substrate.
The term “substrate” generally refers to any surface below another surface. In this case, the substrate will be the surface beneath the finish floor.
The right type of epoxy primer ensures that your floor coats stick well to the substrate. This bond adds to the durability of your flooring ultimately prolonging its lifespan.
2- Substrate Can’t Absorb the Coat
By adding a layer of primer between the substrate and the floor coating, the chances of the coat being absorbed by the substrate are minimized.
If the substrate isn’t properly prepared,there’s a chance it could be dusty and absorbent—applying a coat straight to this surface could look unsightly. The dust will absorb the coat and you will end up with an ugly matte floor instead of a sleek, shiny one. Primers provide a smooth surface for later coats to be applied onto.
3- Reduces the Chances Bubbles Emerging
This is an especially common occurrence when working with thicker coats which tend to trap air in the concrete slabs. This can give rise to gas bubbles which don’t make it look like the flooring is newly installed.
Adding a layer of primer to the substrate ensures that the surface is properly sealed, thus reducing the chances of bubbling. However, there are many more ways bubbling in epoxy flooring can occur.
4- Helps You Get a Feel for the Floor
Your existing substrate has probably absorbed all kinds of substances over the years—chemical oils, moisture, paint and dust particles. Applying a coat of primer can give you an idea of how the substrate will react to the epoxy. This is something you and your installation service want to figure out before spending time and money applying a coat of epoxy.
Should You Always Use an Epoxy Primer?
There are instances where skipping the priming stage is acceptable. Although, this is a risk you should take when you know for a fact that your substrate surface is sound. Your installation service will need to test the concrete for moisture before installing the flooring. Only skip this step if you’re sure there’s a good chance the coating won’t fail.
However, with the numerous benefits priming offers, we strongly advise you to use an epoxy primer to ensure good adhesion, and longer-lasting flooring.
Looking for someone to install flooring in your home or workspace? CSS Coatings offers services in VA, MO, NC, GA, TX and IN. Installations aren’t limited to epoxy flooring but also Thin Mil, MMA flooring, moisture mitigation as well as metallic epoxy flooring. To avail our services, contact us at 270-793-9069 or email at [email protected].