Industrial floors will require to cater to heavy traffic of machinery, hoisting and lifting equipment, heavy work boots and constant traffic, that can cause the floors to deteriorate. Repairs to floors are often difficult because they can disrupt production and affect bottom lines. This requires them to be adequately protected, and here is where epoxy flooring is considered ideal for floor covering in industrial plants.
Epoxy flooring, besides being highly durable, is environmentally friendly and requires the least of maintenance. They are floor coverings that are in use in most industries and are also used in homes. They can easily be applied over concrete floors which are preferred for their load bearing capacities, and the coatings bind easily with concrete and can also give distinctive and aesthetically attractive surfaces.
Epoxies are a form of catalyzed plastic, which is basically a resin and is made up of compounds that contain polyamine and bisphenol-A. It was invented by DR Pierre Casta, a Swiss scientist, in the year 1930. Polyamines act to harden the floor. These epoxy paints consist of resins and hardeners mixed with each other before they are applied on the floor. This causes a catalytic reaction, that binds the two to each other to create a crosslink, chemically, that has a very high strength. It is this process of binding that allows epoxies to be recoated in quick time. EPCD is scaffolding rental company, you can contact us if you need our service.
Epoxy paints used for coating industrial floors, come in three distinct types. They can be water based, solvent based or those that have a 100% content of epoxy. Solvent and water based epoxies are easy to apply and are considered user-friendly. They are not as durable as solid epoxies and can only be applied in thin coats. Solid epoxies, on the other hand, can be applied in thick coats and are more likely to meet the stringent conditions that are required for industrial floors. They offer toughness, high resistance to chemicals, and strong adhesion to surfaces.
Industrial floors coated with epoxy are resistant to acids and alkalis, and equally resistant to heat, abrasion, and water. When they dry, they turn non-toxic, and hence are suitable for use even in residences, or areas where children play. They are easy to maintain and can be easily cleaned. When applied on floors, the compounds of which they are constituted, need to be mixed in the proper proportion and applied in coats. Ideally, an industrial floor will benefit from the application of at least seven coats that consist of a base coat, two or more coats of epoxy, a broadcast coat of flakes or sand and a final top coat. This will give a glossy and finished surface that can be made aesthetically pleasing by adding colors. The use of different colors can also help in the demarcation of areas, and in many industries, this is used to enhance indicators of safety.
The technology of epoxy paints is constantly evolving and this will increase its usage to more areas and surfaces, leading to even wider use.