It is not possible to talk about epoxy flooring, without the understanding of epoxy itself. Epoxy is an umbrella term for epoxy resin and epoxide functional group (or hardener in layman term). Both of them are chemical compounds, which can be combined or re-combined, via various reactions, to form tough and durable plastic-like materials that are insusceptible to erosion. As a result, epoxy is frequently employed to provide or enhance protections of plastics and other products such as electronics (i.e., often the surface of CD-ROMs) and wire insulators etc.
In terms of flooring, epoxy is injected onto the surface, forming layers at least of two millimetres thick above the concrete, so as to create a tough and long-lasting exterior. An alternative to epoxy flooring will be epoxy coating, in which the amount of epoxy injected onto the surface is less than two millimetres high. Either provides the same kind of garner and their hassle-free maintenance, non-slippery, and highly sturdy nature often top them on list, when it comes to the consideration of industrial flooring.
Epoxy flooring is not exclusive to industries, but also welcome domestically. With that, home owners have two types to choose from, one is known as the solid epoxy flooring, which is able to withstand wear and tear as a result of high human traffic and housewares spills from oil or detergents. Although not suitable in areas with extreme climates and humidity, solid epoxy frequently comes to mind for owners who are willing to spend more on floor enhancement.
Water-based epoxy flooring is the economical counterpart to solid epoxy flooring. Similarly, such flooring exempted the concrete from the fate of being scratched, stained, or chemically worn. Nevertheless, there lie a distinct different between the two, as in water-based epoxy flooring needs constant replacement because its life span is relatively short as compared to solid epoxy flooring.
Epoxy flooring comes in a rather fanciful range. Besides those mentioned above, other commonly seen epoxy floors include Mortar epoxy floor, which is believed to be the toughest of all epoxy thus far. Mortar epoxy is usually applied as a primitive layer, so as to mend cracks or imperfections found on concrete, before the actual application of epoxy. There is also the epoxy flaked floor, which is epoxy based floor coming with coloured decorations. The coloured deco not only personalised the flooring design but its coarse outlook, also enhances the non-slipperiness of epoxy.
Decision for epoxy flooring is not a tough one, especially if safety, good-look, and low maintenance are of your concern. Do consult relevant agency, for a fair choice of types and prices of epoxy flooring.