INDUSTRIAL EPOXY / PU FLOOR COATINGS
When it comes to choosing new flooring systems for industrial use, garage floor coating, or any other outdoor surfaces, epoxy resin flooring truly stands out from other flooring options for many reasons. Epoxy flooring, other known as resinous flooring, is highly durable, customizable, sustainable, and decorative for any surface. What appeals most to epoxy flooring is its resistance to high levels of wear and tear, making it the most long-lasting flooring option. If you are considering epoxy resin flooring, here is an explanation of what epoxy floors are made up of, the different types of epoxy resin, and where to use specific types of epoxy flooring systems.
What is an
The most straightforward definition of epoxy flooring suggests a flooring surface that comprises multiple layers of epoxy that is applied to a floor with a depth of at least two millimetres. Confusion typically arises when comparing an epoxy floor and epoxy floor coating. The difference between the two lies in the depth of the epoxy – as stated, epoxy floors are classified as an epoxy coating of at least two millimetres thick. Any epoxy floor less than two millimetres thick is commonly referred to as an epoxy floor coating.
Polyurethane Floors (PU)
Polyurethane (PU) flooring is highly flexible and elastic, while epoxy flooring is harder and more brittle. This makes polyurethane coatings more resistant to scratches and similar damage, which is why urethane resin floors, such as multi-storey parking lots, are often used in heavy traffic areas. This flooring system is more resistant to natural chemicals such as lactic acid. It is this kind of resistance, especially those dealing with dairy products, that makes polyurethane flooring common in food processing environments. These floors are often firmer than wooden floors, laminate floors or tiles, but because of the higher elasticity, they definitely offer great walking comfort.
Self-levelling epoxy is utilized to apply over new, old, cracked, or damaged concrete floors to create a smooth, durable, and a levelled texture on the surface of the floor. Self-levelling epoxy floors not only provide a shiny, seamless look but it comes in many different colours that appeal to commercial, industrial, and residential spaces. Applications: manufacturing buildings, warehouses, showrooms, commercial garages, kitchens, athletic facilities, and more.
This type of epoxy floor contains coloured flake materials that are inserted in the epoxy to create a vibrant, multi-hued look. The flakes not only offer a seamless look but also provides each surface with subtle grooves to reduce any slips and falls. Epoxy flake floors come in an infinite variety of sizes, colours, styles, and textures that is customizable for any space. Applications: locker rooms, sports venues, showrooms, clinics, commercial kitchens, and more.
Quartz epoxy flooring is a combination of a high-performance epoxy polymer resin and stained quartz grains. This epoxy should be utilized for decorative spaces that require sanitary and slip-resistant properties. Applications: locker rooms, restrooms, schools, cafeterias, lobbies, offices, showrooms, and more.
This flooring option classifies as the most stringent epoxy floor system available for use. This epoxy floor is made up of 100% solid epoxies and graded or quartz sand. Mortar systems are ideal for spaces that require a floor that is highly chemically-resistant and can withstand a great deal of impact. This epoxy floor can be used to repair cracks before applying another type of epoxy floor. Applications: mechanical spaces, warehouses, commercial kitchens, restaurants, garages, manufacturing plants.
(Electro-static charge (ESD) Resistant Floors): ESD can be hazardous to many work environments. To reduce any static hazards in your spaces, anti-static epoxy floors can be applied. This epoxy floor typically holds a conductive compound that accumulates static electricity that dissipates any potential discharge. An anti-static solution is a highly recommended epoxy floor for spaces that contain flammable materials. Applications: electronic, chemical, or pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities, healthcare facilities, or any spaces that use flammable gases or liquids that bring a risk of combustible dust buildup.
Polyurethane EPU Flooring is made up of a resinous material with a mixture of resin, hardener, filler, and colour filters. It protects concrete floors in industries because of the excellent durability and chemical resistance offered. EPU flooring is used in manufacturing industries such as automotive, food processing, packaging, aeronautical, pharmaceutical, healthcare and marine applications. The EPU screed system exhibits a genuinely unique non-slip integrally profiled finish, without a topcoat, allowing quick cleaning of the floor surface and without risking personal protection and product degradation.