Epoxy floor coating is a great choice for manufacturing plants, storage and warehousing flooring.
Our epoxy coatings and toppings are designed to protect or enhance the performance of concrete floors thereby preventing premature deterioration of your floor.
This is especially useful for areas where there may be wet spills or chemicals.
We provide epoxy roll coats to our clients, covering typically between 1,000 to 4,000 square metres.
What is Epoxy Flooring?
Epoxy flooring is also known as resin flooring. This is because it is mixed on site from two compounds as part A and part B.
The resin has a working time of about 20 minutes. We roll it down as a paint. The key to achieving an even coating thickness comes down to experience. This is part of the reason why our team is highly sought after for epoxy industrial floor coating jobs.
An epoxy floor installation is only as good as the preparation. Floor preparation is vital for any epoxy floor.
For us this means inspecting and moisture testing your floor. If there is moisture in your floor, it can cause unevenness or the coating to come right off the underlying concrete. You can have moisture if your concrete floor is new and there is still moisture coming out. Alternatively you may have a rising damp problem.
This is why we do moisture testing. If there is too much moisture in the floor we may have to use a moisture barrier as a primer before putting the epoxy coating on.
In order to achieve the best results, we tend to diamond grind off all prior epoxy coating you may have. While that might be a little more expensive, it means there is no risk of the system failing. Diamond grinding removes all contaminants and residues and results in a mechanical surface profile ideal for epoxy coating. Therefore, you can be sure you will have a lifetime of trouble-free flooring.
Application – Epoxy Roller Coating
It is best to apply coatings in the afternoon when temperatures are dropping. In the morning, the coating is more likely to heat up, which can cause air bubbles in your new floor coating.
Typically it takes our team about 2 hours per 500 square metres of roller coating.
You will also have to allow time for curing of your new resin floor.
Coatings in manufacturing have a tendency to last between one to a maximum of 5 years. Then they need to be ground off and redone.
If you are after a longer lifetime for your floor, it is best to consider diamond grinding to create a polished concrete floor. This also has the advantage of potentially no shutdown periods for your facility.
Planning for an Epoxy Floor?
Please get in touch with us early. If you contact us during pre-construction or design stage, we will be able to advise you best. This includes weighing up installation costs vs longevity of the various options.
Also if you are considering leasing or buying premises, get the floor inspected. Because what looks like it might just be a little repair could end up quite a costly one.
We have seen mechanic’s workshop concrete floors that had been soaking up oils for 20 years. That concrete was just like a sponge. The oil would have just kept rising, no matter how much grinding or treatment is done. Because we were consulted early, we were able to recommend our client to avoid the premises altogether.