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Everything About Epoxy Floors

Introduction

Epoxy floors are one of the most popular flooring treatments and there is a reason. It not only gives you the ability to create any color you can dream up, but it also protects your floor from stains and abrasions. Epoxy is used heavily for industrial applications because it has the ability to be slip resistant and is extremely durable. This is also the reason it is the go-to choice for both your garage and basement. It takes a very very long time to wear down epoxy which makes it the perfect choice for your garage or any high-traffic location. So let’s get into it and talk about the different types of epoxy and coatings.

So what is Epoxy?

Epoxy is a mixture of a polymer resin and a hardener. When the two meet there is a chemical reaction that bonds the two chemicals together along with the floor. This creates a very hard plastic surface that is resistant to degradation, is extremely durable, and bonds exceedingly well to the floor.

The different types of Epoxy?

Epoxy Flake Floors:

First, you choose a base color and then find a flake that works within your color pallet. We can tell you that your level of creativity will only be limited to your mind. There are thousands of different types of flakes and thousands of different colors available. The flakes also help make the floor much more slip resistant by creating a subtly grooved texture. Flake floors are commonly used in offices, commercial kitchens, locker rooms, sports venues, stairs, and commercial hallways.

Quartz-Filled Epoxy Floors:

This is generally utilized in spaces that need to be sanitary and slip-resistant yet still decorative. It is a mix of high-performance epoxy polymer resin and stained quartz grains. You commonly see them in cafeterias, lobbies, showrooms, restrooms, and many more.

 Self-Leveling Epoxy Floor:

This is the most common choice for use in a garage or basement because it can make old, cracked, or damaged concrete floors smooth, durable, and leveled perfectly. Like any epoxy, there is an infinite number of colors and you can do some really amazing things due to it being a level surface. You will find self-leveling epoxy in kitchens, warehouses, basements, garages, and much more.

Epoxy Mortar Floor:

When you need a floor that is extremely impact resistant and can resist almost any chemical, this is your go-to option. It is made up of 100% solid epoxies mixed with either graded or quartz sand. This mixture gives you a floor that can stand the test of time better than most others. This is also the mix you would use to repair floors before you apply any of the other types of epoxy. Most commonly used in warehouses, mechanical rooms, garages, and more.

Conclusion:

There are even exotic ways to use epoxy when you are looking to think a bit beyond the box. We have seen epoxy applied to kitchen counters, on top of large toolboxes, on to planters, and a few even stranger things. All in all, epoxy is a very versatile product and can be used in so many different ways. Our experts can help you figure out the best way to use epoxy, walk you through the different color options, and find the perfect coating for your application. Give us a call today to get your project moving. 248.924.9798