Epoxy Flooring

Epoxy Flooring

Liata_podlaha_epoxid.jpgEpoxy compounds are extremely durable and impact resistant which makes them perfect for high use areas like garages and basements as well as kitchens and bathrooms.  Their waterproof nature makes them extremely easy to clean, however epoxy is sensitive to UV radiation and will fade and deteriorate over time in direct sunlight.  
Epoxy flooring is installed much like paint and is layered on top of a prepared surface.  Similar to paint, preparation is everything and epoxy flooring is applied in coats, each of which have a specific purpose. First, the surface to which it is applied needs to be free of all contaminates such as dust, oils, and cleaners. Depending on the surface, an epoxy primer may be applied as the first layer to promote adhesion to the installation surface.  The layer on top of that is a base layer which features all the color and patterns of the flooring.  The top most layer is made of a special epoxy to protect the flooring from UV radiation and may have particles suspended in it to provide traction when walking or driving across it.  Epoxy flooring, depending on the specifications can be stronger than concrete, preventing cracks when it is installed in a garage.  Epoxy flooring works extremely well in environments that have frequent exposure to chemicals as epoxy is extremely chemical resistant. Hours of soaking in acetone are needed just to soften it enough to scratch it, or having commercial grade refrigerants applied to drop temperatures low enough to crystalize the epoxy to chip it away before it returns to temperature.  Epoxy will also stand up to heat extremely well easily taking on temperatures of 200°F. Removal of epoxy from a surface typically requires a specialized chemical solution to dissolve the epoxy resin. All in all epoxy is a great option for flooring in the most extreme environments._13_-_ITALIAN_automotive_engineering_-_Alfa_Romeo_4C_chassis_-_monocoque_carbon_fiber_-_aluminum_platform_(architecture)_DxO_04.jpg



By the way, Epoxy is really a misnomer, as the flooring and all other materials, such as binders used in carbon fiber, fiberglass and Kevlar parts, as well as two part epoxy glues, molding materials, and electrical insulators are actually a mixture of 2 chemical compounds - an epoxy and a hardener.  An epoxy is a polymer or prepolymer with an epoxide group that exists as a thick liquid. It becomes solid when mixed with a hardener that binds the epoxy molecules together to form a rigid and durable structure.  A great example of the rigidity and

durability of epoxy resins is their use in many of today’s supercars such as the Konnigsegg One:1, which uses epoxy compounds in its carbon fiber chassis to maintain its extremely light weight allowing it to accelerate to 248.54 miles per hour in 20 seconds.

Author: Wyatt
Wyatt writes informative articles for Carpet World Flooring Center and performs IT work.
Catagory: Miscellaneous

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