Epoxy Floor Coatings

What is Epoxy Flooring ?
The chemistry behind epoxy coatings can be quite complex, but rather than go into those complicated details, it makes sense to give a basic version of what epoxy is and how it works. Epoxy is a synthetic thermosetting epoxide polymer. This means that when the adhesive cures, it cannot return to its original form. It reacts with other chemicals, which help to cure or harden it, and this creates a very strong and very durable adhesive.

These same chemical properties are what make it so useful in sealing and protecting surfaces. Because of these properties, it is useful for commercial, residential, industrial, marine, and even art applications. In fact, epoxy is useful just about everywhere.

100% Solids-Based Epoxy 

A 100% solids epoxy doesn’t have any water or solvents to evaporate. As a result, they provide for a much thicker dry film coating of approximately 10 mils or more depending on the manufacturer and how it is applied.

Solvent-Based Epoxy 

Although not a 100% solids, it is very practical and useful for many different types of industrial use. They generally contain 40% to 60% solids, and you do have to take precautions just as you would with solid-based. Because of its excellent bonding properties, it is an ideal primer for industrial or commercial grade applications. 

Water-Based Epoxy 

The most economical and practical choice for residential applications. This type of epoxy stand up quite well against normal foot and vehicle traffic that one might have through a garage, walkway, or finished basement with concrete flooring. Some water based epoxies can be applied to concrete that is still damp and can actually make for a good sealer to help stop hydro-static pressure from moisture vapor transmission.
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