Epoxy flooring: durable, long-lasting, beautiful
If you are searching for a flooring solution that will cope with the most demanding situations in style, as well as being durable and easy to clean, epoxy flooring is for you. Epoxy flooring is a coating suitable for heavy duty industrial areas, commercial buildings, and even for at home. Applied over concrete, it is perfect for fixing up the old garage floor.
Here we’ll take a look at the advantages and disadvantages of epoxy flooring, have a look at the available products and their suppliers in the UAE.
Advantages of epoxy flooring
Epoxy flooring is a popular choice for floor coating, and with good reason. Epoxy coating is a liquid plastic (named for its resin, like polyurethane coating), as a result it is durable and long-lasting. Some of the advantages of epoxy resin flooring are:
- Protection from grease, oil, and stains
- Protects the underlying concrete from moisture, grease, stains, and cracks
- Heat, water, and chemical resistance
- Durable and hard-wearing, even in high traffic areas and with mechanical loads
- Abrasion resistance
- Easy to clean
- Affordable, with a fast and simple installation
- The shiny surface can increase brightness in a space by up to 200%, and it comes in many colours and styles
Although epoxy flooring is resistant to almost anything, there is an exception: UV radiation. Because of this, epoxy floorings are mostly ideal for interiors, not areas with high levels of sunlight. The floor is also likely to suffer damage from impact, so heavy items dropping on the floor may lead to the need for repair.
Tips for applying epoxy flooring
The most important part of any epoxy flooring application is the preparation of the substrate. The epoxy needs a completely clean and clear surface to adhere to, so it is important to patch up any cracks or chips in your floor before you start. Sweep and vacuum the area so it is free of dust or dirt, and make sure your concrete is not stained with grease, oil, or solvents. If it is, you will need to clean these. The concrete must be completely dry before application.
Once all the prep is done, you can begin to apply your floor. Make sure you follow the instructions on the tin. Depending on the epoxy you may need a roller or brush, or it could be a self-leveling epoxy. A minimum of two coats is recommended. The odour from the epoxy is strong, so wear appropriate safety clothing, gloves, boots, overalls, and a respirator. For self-leveling epoxy, or if you are not confident in your DIY skills, the best option is to have the job done by a contractor.