For many years in the building industry, epoxy formulations have been a very important part in projects and applications. For floor applications, epoxy floor coatings specifically are commonly used, and it is important to know about some facts of this important coating material.
Know that the core materials that work behind the high performing epoxy coatings are the epoxy resins in the formulation of epoxy based primers, top coats and sealants. Because of these resins, you will have epoxy floor coatings that can protect well the finishes of the floors, provide protective coats, serve as fire retardants, serve as waterproofing, and help paints to be damage resistant.
Practically epoxy coatings are applicable in many kinds of surface, from concrete, steel and other surfaces. The application of coating systems are sometimes specific depending on the kind of substrate material, but in the case of epoxy coatings, this is the system that can practically be applied on all kinds of surfaces.
There is a cross linked chemistry of the resin molecules of epoxy, such as the compounds of bisphenol A and epichlorohydrin organochlorine/epoxide, that would make the epoxy floor coatings have the ability to avoid corrosion in metal or concrete surfaces because it has now the ability to resist water, chemical and air intrusion.
Epoxy coating systems can very well be combined with other materials to elevate further its performance, and with the mixing of epoxy amine systems, epoxy sulfide systems, aliphatic epoxy systems and hybrid epoxy systems, it would lead to better adhesion, fast curing times, and glossy appearance of surfaces. The systems of epoxy coatings can also be combined with alkyds and acrylics for a better performance of coatings.
Manufacturing plants, warehouse floors, heavy machinery garages, and airplane hangars are often exposed to damage inducing factors, and this is why epoxy floor coatings are applied to these floors because of the material’s resistance to these damages.
Know that epoxy coatings have high adhesive properties, like 1.5 thousand pounds of adhesive power for every inch of flooring, thus translating to floors that can remain solid and in good condition for a long time even if under high physical loads.
Epoxy floor coatings contain pigments that will expand fast when there is exposure to heat, making the coatings good fire retardants. There is a thick barrier that is formed as the expansion of pigments occur, and this allow for time until the fire is put off naturally or by the fire-fighting team.
The fact that epoxy floor coatings can be water borne, high solids or solvent borne, makes it effective in many surfaces.
Epoxy floor coatings then, because of its inherent chemical properties, have become a versatile and high performing coatings that are sought after to meet any kind of requirements for coating applications.