Concrete floors are a staple in most households because they are sturdy and can withstand high traffic and high impact. However, if your concrete flooring is not decorative, it can look quite bland and boring. In addition to this, unsealed concrete is prone to structural deficiencies over time in the form of concrete cancer and other problems. This is why it would be prudent to consider floor-coating services for your concrete. Not only do these floor coating prolong the life of your concrete, but they can also make it aesthetically appealing. One of the more common floor coating used is epoxy coating. Here are some of the various forms of epoxy coating you could consider for your concrete.
Solvent-based epoxy coating
This is one of the more conventional options used when it comes to epoxy floor coating. You will find solvent-based epoxy coating in factories, garages and more. This type of epoxy coating gets its name from being mixed with a solvent before use. The solvent is usually an organic compound. Once the epoxy and the solvent has been mixed, it is applied onto the flooring. During the curing process, the organic solvent will evaporate, leaving behind a hardened epoxy coating. One of the benefits of this type of epoxy coating is the innate cohesiveness its particles have due to using the organic solvent. In addition to this, the contractors do not have to apply numerous coats to create a durable layer. A thin film of solvent-based epoxy coating is typically sufficient. It should be noted that the vapours emitted during the curing process as the organic compounds evaporate could prove to be toxic.
Water-based epoxy coating
As the name suggests, this type of epoxy floor coating is mixed with water before it can be applied. Since water is used as the primary carrier, this type of epoxy coating is considered safer than the solvent-based varieties. It should be noted that water-based epoxy coating may need several coats applied before they can form a thick consistency on your concrete floor. One of the main uses of water-based epoxy flooring is for hydrostatic pressure applications. This means they are better suited for waterproofing applications on concrete slabs rather than being used as a decorative form of flooring.
Solid epoxy flooring
This type of epoxy flooring does not make use of any fluid carrier. Instead, the contractors will apply pure epoxy onto your concrete flooring. Although this type of epoxy coating has minimal environmental impact, it tends to be much harder to work with. This in turn makes it a more expensive option due to the labour intensity it requires.Share