If you’re in the market for epoxy flooring, then you know how difficult it can be to find the most functional and cost effective system. Whether you need floors for commercial, industrial or residential use, that’s one area where Wikipedia just doesn’t have the answers.
We solve that.
It all starts with an analysis of your requirement. Ask yourself these questions:
* What is your goal?
* What is the size and condition of your concrete?
* Does your floor have moisture issues?
And that last one about moisture? Well, it can be one of the most important ones to answer. Because though you can’t see it, moisture vapor pressure is one issue that needs addressing. It has an incredible ability to push upwards through the tiny pores in concrete. Excessive pressure delaminates coatings. Fortunately, there are solutions.
What Epoxy Flooring Professionals Do
In recent years, the evolution of the coatings industry has rapidly accelerated. The beauty of concrete coatings and their versatility offers unlimited solutions to today’s floor system needs. Epoxy professionals maintain an arsenal of technical equipment for surface preparation, which is a vital step before applying any coating.
Sample Inventory of Must Have Equipment for Epoxy Floor Projects
- Generators – Many contractors bring their own generators to power their equipment to avoid running off your power.
- Hand Grinders – This tool grinds out cracks, cuts off nails, removes mesh or takes out embedded or exposed rebar.
- Shotblasters – These are walk-behind machines that shoot tiny ball bearings at the surface of the concrete. The shotblasting machine removes blemishes while roughing up the surface to create more surface area for adhesion of epoxy coatings.
- Grinding and Polishing – Another specialized machine for grinding concrete.
- High Powered Vacuums – These vacuums attach to floor grinders to create a dust-free solution while grinding the concrete floor.
- Drills – Hand drills assist in mixing epoxies, polyaspartics and urethanes.
Types of Concrete Finishes
Many consumers view coatings as if they are a simple garage floor epoxy paint that you can pick up at your local big-box store. The reality is epoxy coatings require technical knowledge and skill to apply correctly. Coatings experts are like scientists. They have the skills to analyze a flooring situation and provide the best solution to the client.
Services of Epoxy Flooring Contractors
- Grind and Seal – This is the process of grinding the concrete and sealing it with a urethane or solvent-based sealer. Urethanes are not epoxies; however, they are in the same family of high performance clear coatings.
- Epoxy Floor Paint – These are very thin coatings similar to the garage floor paints you find in most home improvement stores. Though marketed for concrete garage floor, they do not hold up well to hot tires. They actually work best in low traffic areas.
- Chip Epoxy Coatings – Epoxy pros broadcast colored vinyl chips onto wet epoxy. When the first coat dries, the contractor embeds the chips. Then, he applies one to two clear coats as a finish.
- Quartz Floors – To achieve this effect, contractor broadcast colored quartz into epoxies while still wet. Then they follow it with finish coats of clear epoxies and urethanes.
- Novolac Epoxy – Ideal for protection in areas subject to harsh chemicals and spills. Novalac epoxies protect both concrete and steel.
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Nashville Brentwood Smyrna Hendersonville