When we go to build a floor or pavement, we hope that this meets a number of features such as wear resistance, good finish, and ease of cleaning among others. One of the options recommended to achieve this is the use of epoxy flooring.
What is an epoxy floor? It is a floor made from epoxy resins and sand silica placed in thicknesses less than 1/4 inch on a surface basis.
Since this type of flooring has resistance to a number of uses, it is considered a high-performance floor for heavy-duty within which is responsible for withstand impact, abrasion and chemical spills.
Characteristics of Epoxy Floors
The epoxy floors are currently the number one solution used by industries engaged in activities where safety is needed in hygiene, cleaning or resistance. Obtained resistances, are higher than the original concrete, and provide further protection against sugars that are used in the food area and soft drink, detergents and chlorine compounds used in cleaning and sanitation of sterile areas, and also have a good resistance, compared to occasional contact with the lactic acids and acetic acid, which are difficult to resist with other coatings. Other advantages of using this floor have:
- It is superficially sealed, contains no porosity, preventing the growth or accommodation of bacteria and fungi.
- It provides ease of cleaning.
- Supports chemical spill.
- Shock resistant.
- Resistant to abrasion, which identifies it as ideal for areas of high pedestrian traffic, equipment or vehicles.
- High resistance to compression to 7 days (12,000 psi/840 kg/cm2) which allows a use quasi-immediately unlike the concrete use that needs curing time before undergoing large load.
- Varieties aesthetically pleasing and decorative finishes.
Another advantage of epoxy floors is their quick installation, the treated surfaces, can be opened to the transit of people in 36 hrs, do not produce rubbish and are repairable.
Applications of Epoxy Floors
The epoxy floors are widely used in chemical, food handling, free zones, shops, cafes, laboratories, hospitals and clinics, airports, places that need an easy surface to clean and maintain. Among the different areas where we can apply it:
Industrial Epoxy floors
These floors are produced in those areas that are continually subjected to impact, such as factories, workshops, loading and unloading areas, warehouses, etc. Thanks to its hardness and resistance these floors are not impaired, worn or corroded with a constant rough use. In addition, due to its repellency, these do not get dirty when substances used in the industry fall down on them.
Antiseptic sanitary epoxy floors
In places that require strict hygiene measures such as hospitals, food processing plants, laboratories, kitchens, among others, epoxy floors is an excellent choice.
Since sanitary epoxy floors do not have cracks or joints between walls and are completely smooth cleaning is optimal, because do not have small corners where you can accumulate dirt or microorganisms; so, when any repellent substance that falls on them may be easily removed.
These sanitary epoxy floors is usually used in: food processing, hospitals, kitchens, restaurants, operating rooms, Butchers, Pharmacies and Clinics, Laboratory, Refrigerating chambers, water purification plants.
Epoxy floors for transport transit
These floors are used in areas where vehicles circulate continuously, for example, machine shops, parking lots, warehouses, factories, among others.
Thanks to the strength of these epoxy floors do not deteriorate or wear out easily because these are designed to withstand the transit of any moving vehicle: cars, trucks, forklifts, heavy machinery, etc.
Its use is generally present in: Parking, Loading and Unloading Zones, Mechanical Workshops, factories, warehouses.
Epoxy floors for Pedestrian Traffic
Epoxy floors for pedestrian traffic should be applied in areas where there is a continuous flow of people or the friction generated is significant, e.g. shopping malls, schools, sports fields, gyms, etc.
As well as offering much resistance to wear, this type of epoxy floors also have the quality of being anti-slip, smooth, shiny, and easy to clean. Besides having a variety of colors that can be combined, which makes them extremely aesthetic.
These types are commonly used in: Shopping Centers, Offices, Gyms, Sports Facilities, Hotels, Restaurants, Supermarkets, auditoriums, schools.
Chemical Resistant Epoxy Flooring
In places that are exposed to splashing or spilling of corrosive substances such as chemical laboratories, warehouses, factories and workshops, it is advisable to apply epoxy flooring.
Due to the properties of epoxy floors any abrasive element, how acids or solvents, that has contact with them will be repelled; thus avoiding damaging the surface or stain, making it easier to clean and durable.
These are used in: Chemical Laboratories, Factories and Workshops, Warehouses, Laboratory.
Waterproofing Epoxy floor
This type of waterproofing is widely used in places where conventional waterproofing cannot offer optimal insulation; because these areas are subject to extreme conditions such as high temperatures, contact with corrosive substances, and constant friction by vehicular or pedestrian traffic, among others.
These are widely used in Swimming Pools, Tanks, Industrial Tanks and Pools, Parking, factory, warehouses.