Epoxy Flooring / Epoxy Floor Coating

Epoxy Flooring / Epoxy Floor Coating

Epoxy Flooring / Epoxy Floor Coating

Epoxy Flooring is quicky becoming a new norm in a majority of industries and even certain residential & commercial projects due to its many advantages and flexibility / customisation based on the needs of individual users. It has gained so much prevalence in certain industries that in fact it has been mandated by governing authorities to apply Epoxy Floor Coatings in their units, and at regular intervals too.

Epoxy floor coating

How does it work?

Epoxy flooring

Before one decides to do a job of Epoxy flooring, it is important to understand how exactly it works. First a highly specialised team operates on the floor using highly specialised equipment to treat the floor accordingly for subsequent layers of the floor coat to bond better to the concrete surface. It is very important to stress that this step, the surface preparation, is probably the most vital, but often overlooked step during execution of epoxy floor coating systems. Surface preparation requires expertise, time, equipment and more importantly knowing what to do under the circumstances. Every floor is different and that is why the techniques must be dynamic to suit its particular needs.

Once the surface is prepared adequately, one or two coats of HueFloor™ Epoxy SL Primer will be applied depending upon the porosity, moisture content, condition & the age of the floor. This film will create a barrier for moisture and a layer for adhesion between the substrate and the next layer of the Epoxy flooring system, the screed. Once the primer has dried, HueFloor™ Epoxy SL Screed will be applied using spiked trowels and spiked rollers. This has to be applied using specialised equipment apart from the trowels & rollers like spiked shoes and such. Typical thickness of the screed depends upon specific requirements like load bearing capacity required, chemical resistance, abrasive resistance etc. However generally the thickness ranges from 1mm to 4mm. Once the screed dries, HueFloor™ Epoxy SL Topcoat of the desired shade can be applied at required thickness using a spiked trowel & spiked roller to finish. Typical thickness of the topcoat varies from 1mm to 3mm.

Benefits of Epoxy Floor coating

  • Mechanical StrengthEpoxy floors are known to be extremely tough and durable in nature capable of withstanding heavy loads and traffic movement. They have such high levels of load bearing capacity, that at times, are even harder than conventional concrete. They provide an added level of strength to the floor and provide a level of ease to material handling and other activities in the production area, if used for industrial purposes.
  • Chemical / Stain resistantEpoxy floors are resistant to chemicals and stains and are thus much easier to maintain than conventional floors. It presents a much more neat, crisp & clean floor. Any troublesome stain that falls on the floor can be easily cleaned from epoxy floors without leaving any marks on the floor, something that is not the case for conventional floors.
  • Aesthetic lookApart from its varied applications & uses, epoxy floors are very aesthetically pleasing to look at and adds an extra level of sophistication to the shop floor. A clean, even & glossy finish extending throughout the area presents a very satisfying view and completely transforms the look of the factory.
  • Anti-bacterial & anti-fungal propertiesEpoxy floors have excellent anti-bacterial & anti-fungal properties which is why it is the preferred choice for all pharmaceutical, food, beverage and a number of other industries. In fact, it is even mandatory as per government laws & regulations to put epoxy floors in these industries.
  • Gives longer life to floorsEpoxy floors, through their tough mechanical strength and durability, protect the floors underneath them which are prone to damage and are extremely costly to repair. Epoxy floors on the other hand are not as costly as laying concrete floors and are easier to maintain.

Risk Factors

Epoxy floors are quite tricky to deal with during application requiring professional expertise and years of experience. There are many ways in which your epoxy flooring can go wrong leading to a sizable investment loss or shabby, uneven floors.

Most of the failures can be routed back to improper surface preparation, poor quality of products or improper application methods. Surface preparation, as mentioned earlier, is the most crucial step in the application procedure that is often overlooked. Proper equipment like industrial buffing machines, scarifiers, hand grinders, dust collectors etc. must be used and since these equipments are quite expensive, a majority of applicators make do without them taking a huge risk and jeopardising the entire project from the very beginning.

Another common cause of failures are poor quality of products used. There are many brands available in the market, both international as well as local. It is thus important to choose the right brand before you go ahead with the project. It is important to be wary of some products that use solvents in their formulations. Epoxy SL floors are meant to be completely solvent free and the presence of solvents exposes the floors to a variety of different failures like formations of blisters, bubbles after a while along with a reduced overall life of the floor.

How to choose the perfect product

Epoxy floors can be used for a variety of applications and are highly customisable in nature. The exact type of product & its thickness depends upon a variety of factors, which is why it is best to consult a professional for this. You can browse the different product Huekkor Paints has to offer here.

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