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. 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.
Practically epoxy coatings are applicable in many kinds of surface, from 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 coatings have epoxy resin molecules composed of the chemistry between bisphenol A and epichlorohydrin organochlorine/epoxide compounds that would result to the floor coatings that are highly water resistant, chemical and air intrusion, that would avoid corrosion on metal and 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. The systems of epoxy coatings can also be combined with alkyds and acrylics for a better performance of coatings.
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.
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 are considered good fire retardants, and this is due to its pigments that expand fast as there is exposure to intense heat. As the pigments expand, it serves as a barrier protection that lasts long enough until the fire is put off.
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 remain to be among the most used coating systems because it can meet any kind of surface coating application, and this is all because of its inherent chemical properties that make the coating high performing and versatile.