There is a need to carry out intensive inspection, to ensure epoxy is suitable for the concrete or material it is going to apply on. Although epoxy can be applied on many types of ground such as wood, metal, and concrete, but not all type of ground can withhold epoxy, especially if more than a layer of epoxy is to be applied on. It is widely believed that if pre-assessment is not thoroughly done, epoxy may not last as long as it originally perceived to be.
Inspection may embark by checking the moisture level of the concrete; this can be done at ease by taping thin plastic sheets over the floor. 24 hours later, removed these plastic sheets to check if water droplets have been formed on them. If traces of water droplets can be seen, this indicates that the floor may not be suitable for epoxy as the moisture it embeds is high. Pressure from water may break the bonds between epoxy resin and hardener – the two main components of epoxy, greatly endangering its sturdiness.
Besides moisture, it is also advisable to check the temperature of the area in which epoxy is going to be applied. Ensure that the temperature of the floor to be at least 12 degree celsius and room temperature between 15 and 32 degree celsius so that epoxy can be dried at its optimum state.
After the conclusion of preliminary inspection, the next step involved simple manual tasks. These include removing of any stain, oil, or grease found on the floor via scrubbing, mopping with slight acidic solutions, or heavy rinse. Fill up any crack and mend uneven spot on the floor prior to the first layer of epoxy. The better this step is being done, the better the end product. This is because epoxy itself facilitates in the restoration of the original ground work, making it less susceptible to damages, thus, enabling its durability.
Last but not least, exercise the choice of epoxy carefully and have a rough idea of the differences between 100% solid, solvent-based, and water-based epoxy. 100% solid epoxy is expensive because it permeates no other solvent except epoxy itself, thus, it dries in a quicker manner and workers need to be heavily armed with respirators during the application process as a result of the pungent smell. Unless there is a need for it, as in the case of shopping malls, hospitals, factories, or large garages etc. solvent or water based epoxy maybe a more viable alternatives. Solvent and water-based epoxies are a mix of epoxy with other solvent, thus it is less pure, but enables more colours and decorations.
Do consult professionals if you are in doubt of the preparations prior epoxy flooring, remember, although the preceding work may be dreading, the end effect is long last.