Epoxy Flooring: the Process
The epoxy coating floor process is quite detail-oriented compared to some flooring treatments. The goal of epoxy flooring is to achieve beauty through uniformity. If you watch a flooring company create epoxy flooring, you’ll notice that each step in attended to with precision, and that every square inch of the floor is treated with the same loving care.
The grinding step is the first, and it’s the step which eliminates the flaws and inconsistencies in the concrete. The grinding is a slow and laborious process, but in some ways, it’s the most important, because without getting down past the lumps and flaws, the surface won’t be smooth and even for the next step.
Cleaning and repairing
The second phase is the removal or debris ground up during the grinding process. Once the floor is meticulously cleaned, remaining flaws are glaringly obvious. Most of these are cracks which were too deep to be eliminated by the grinding process. These are caulked with a filler until the floor is perfectly flat.
During the priming phase, a resin primer is applied as a base coat to the clean, smooth concrete. The primer covers any other anomalies such as discolorations and seals the caulked cracks until the entire floor is uniform with the primer.
Once the primer has dried to a hard finish, it is buffed and then polished with a lightly abrasive polishing tool. The light abriding creates a surface which is highly prepared for adhesion.
At last the epoxy coating is poured and smoothed over the entire floor. This is the step which brings out the beauty of the floor, but it isn’t the final step. The final step is a top coat of high-quality urethane. This top coat is much more durable than epoxy along, making the floor about to withstand heavy foot traffic.
The top coat also gives the flooring its shine.
The reason that an epoxy coated flooring stands out is that it’s been given a generous amount of attention and care. The grinding, cleaning, repairing, priming, sanding, coating and top coating all work together to create a gorgeous floor a family or business can be proud of for years.
Tile takes the existing flooring and covers it up. The same is true of carpeting and laminate. But, epoxy adheres to the floor itself. This fact alone makes it very strong and able to tolerate heavy traffic.
An epoxy flooring which is installed by professionals has some distinct advantages over DIY epoxy flooring. The kits available for doing the process yourself are lacking in quality and uniformity. If a homeowner wants a garage floor which will have incredibly beauty, strength and longevity, professional installation is the way to go.
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