Epoxy formulations have been an important aspect of the building industry for the past many years now. 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. Because of these resins, you will have epoxy floor coatings that can protect well the finishes of the floors, provide protective coats, serve as fire retardants, serve as waterproofing, and help paints to be damage resistant.
Practically epoxy coatings are applicable in many kinds of surface, from concrete, steel and other surfaces. Depending on the kind of material used for the substrate, specific coating system may be dictated, but not in the case of epoxy floor coatings where application is possible in nearly 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.
Other common coating systems are developed together with epoxy, like epoxy amine systems, epoxy sulfide systems, aliphatic epoxy systems and hybrid epoxy systems, that when combined with epoxies, you can obtain the glossy appearance of surface, and there is better adhesion and curing time, thus an increased performance of the material. Other materials like alkyds and acrylics can be combined with epoxy coating systems too to work very well in its performance.
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.
Be informed that epoxy coatings have adhesive properties that is so impressive with the adhesive power of 1.5 thousand pounds per square inch of flooring, thus equating the floors to remain compact and in good condition for long periods of time even if there is physical loads of high intensity on the flooring.
With the pigments in epoxy floor coatings that will expand quickly with intense heat exposure, this coating then is a good fire retardant. Once the pigments expand, a thick barrier protection is formed that will last long enough for the fire-fighting team to come to the rescue.
Further, what makes epoxy floor coatings more effective in several surfaces is its property of being either water borne, high solids or solvent borne.
Because of the inherent chemical properties of epoxy, it gives a high performance and versatility of epoxy floor coatings, and remain to be the most popular coating systems that can meet any kind of coating application requirements.