Epoxy formulations have been an important aspect of the building industry for the past many years now. 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. The epoxy floor coatings will perform well on floor finishes, as protective coats, as fire retardants, as a waterproofing coat, and contribute to damage resistance paints, all because of these resins.
Be informed that epoxy coatings can be applied in many types of surface, such as concrete, steel and other surfaces. Some flooring applications are specific in their coating systems depending on the kind of material used for the substrate, but it is with epoxy coatings that you can work on practically all kinds of surfaces.
Epoxy resin molecules are almost not penetrable because its compounds of bisphenol A and epichlorohydrin organochlorine/epoxide are cross linked, and the chemistry leads to a floor coating that is highly water, chemical or air intrusion resistance, thereby the coating has the ability to prevent corrosion in metal or concrete surfaces.
Epoxies can further increased its performance once combined with other materials like epoxy amine systems, epoxy sulfide systems, aliphatic epoxy systems, and hybrid epoxy systems, leading to a better adhesion and fast curing times, and more glossy surface appearance. Alkyds and acrylics can also combine well with the epoxy coating systems to further improve its performance.
Since epoxy coatings are resistant to several kinds of damages, it is often applied to areas with heavy duty floors like those of manufacturing plants, warehouse floors, heavy machinery garages, and airplane hangars.
The strong adhesive capabilities of epoxy based coatings, which is 1.5 thousand pounds per square inch of flooring of adhesive power, would lead to floors in good condition and can remain intact for long periods of time even if the floors are exposed to intense physical loads.
With the pigments in epoxy floor coatings that will expand quickly with intense heat exposure, this coating then is a good fire retardant. 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.
Note that epoxy floor coatings are effective in several surfaces because of its water borne, high solids or solvent borne properties.
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.