Epoxy Concrete Floor Coatings (Solid, Metallic, Glitter)
Epoxy floor coatings are extremely versatile for a basement, workshop, conference table, countertops, a highly decorative piece of artwork, art gallery or retail space. Black Rhino Floors from Hartford, Wisconsin has partnered with world class epoxy flooring manufacturers. Epoxy coatings can be applied over many types of substrates as long as the surface is structurally sound and prepared properly. Most epoxy manufacturers recommend a CSP 2 through CSP 4 (Concrete Surface Profile) as a suitable preparation for a good bond between the chemical adhesion and the substrate. Our surface preparation method includes grinding the concrete surface with our industrial strength diamond grinding equipment.
Since Epoxy is self-leveling, this floor type is primarily used on level surfaces. We will grind high spots, fill low spots which will ultimately level as the material is added.
Surface preparation is key to the longevity of epoxy floor in order for it to last decades. Things we want to make sure to avoid are dust, dirt, water, moisture, laitance (loose and flaking concrete), sealers, curing agents and other coatings. These are all bond breakers.
Ever since the first concrete floor, people have pursued ways to protect and beautify the surface. Epoxy coatings have been able to protect concrete floors now for some time. Epoxies are resin polymers composed of epoxide units, which are cyclic three-atom rings containing an oxygen atom and two carbon side-groups. The triangular units are electronically strained and are therefore quite reactive. Normally epoxy resin is formed by reacting bisphenol A and epichlorohydrin, but variants popular for concrete floor applications include novolac and aliphatic epoxy resins.
A typical application consists of an epoxy primer, a color base coat and two layers of polyurethane.
PRO’s and CON’s of Using Epoxy on Concrete Floors
- Moderately priced
- Unlimited color options and designs including color and mix-ins
- Highly durable (can last indefinitely – if properly applied in the right environment)
- Resistant to chemicals, oils and hot tire
- Great adhesion
- Less flexible and abrasion resistant
- Longer dry time (return to service)
- Potential hazardous vapors when installing
- Cannot be applied in below freezing temperatures
- Not a good outdoor use product
- Difficult to install (air bubbles and imperfections)
Epoxy Floor Installation Process
- Step 1: Grind – Black Rhino Floors uses an industrial grade concrete grinding machine with diamond tooling to prepare the surface for proper adhesion.
- Step 2: Repair Floor – Any major crack repairs are done at this point. Based on the amount and type of cracks, there are various methods and materials that can be used in fixing them.
- Step 3: Apply Resinous Base Coat
- Step 4: Apply Epoxy – add the appropriate colors, metallics or glitter
- Step 5: Apply Top Coat
When looking for high-impact, beautiful floors, mix glitter or metallic colors into the epoxy. This will create depth, movement and eye-catching results in any retailer, art museum, airport hangar, machine shop, warehouse, industrial applications and showrooms. These floors allow for unlimited customization in color, design and traction control.
Another thing available to us today is the ability to apply these epoxy’s to your existing work surfaces, countertops or conference room tables. A stunning looking marble like conference table will impress your prospects and customers. Often, companies place their emphasis on a few key areas within their business to allocate funds in order to create a positive impact on prospects and customers, they include lobbys, conference rooms and executive offices.
At Black Rhino Floors from Hartford, Wisconsin we focus on helping our commercial and industrial customers grow their brand impact and loyalty by providing our epoxy floors, tables and logo installations. We would enjoy the opportunity to help you design and select the perfect floor for you. Please give us a call today!
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