Industrial flooring is the most common application of epoxy resins within any construction, engineering, or manufacturing sector. It is estimated that roughly 45,000 tonnes of epoxy resin are used in flooring every single year and as the popularity of epoxy flooring increases, the amount used will certainly increase as well. The areas in which industrial epoxy flooring is most common found can include any industrial environment with high levels of foot traffic such as shopping outlets, hospitals, schools, warehouses, sports halls, and domestic garages. A professionally applied quality flooring solution will have, in some cases, a life expectancy of 20 years or more.
The industrial properties of epoxy resin flooring allow them to be incredibly resistant to impact, abrasion, spills, and chemicals. This versatility of the material used in epoxy flooring are proven by providing adhesion to the cement, wood, and metals that they are coated over. The seamless coating is rather pleasing aesthetically and rarely looks out of place in any environment. The hygienic properties of epoxy resin flooring are another main attraction for installing these flooring systems.
Hygiene is vitally important in medical and food environments and can have significant negative impacts on companies should anything go wrong. Their resistance to harsh chemicals allows for the use of stronger cleaners to ensure that the floors are as hygienic as possible at all times. Its properties like these that have seen epoxy resin flooring used in industrial environments since the 1960’s and continued to grow in popularity over the following decades. These flooring systems are now in incredibly high demand across Europe.
During the application process these floors are mixed together with substances called “hardeners”. If the existing floor is particularly weak, a primer may be added to provide additional strength and to easily detect any cracks or imperfections in the existing floor. There are two main types of epoxy flooring; the first is a flow-applied system that is applied using large brushes in a sweeping motion. The other application process is carried out using trowels. Fine sand is applied to the wet coating which acts as filler and provides more resistance to large amounts of stress. When the application process is finished, the epoxies in the resin are no longer reactive and are of no risk to health and safety during service.
The life span of epoxy resin flooring is one of the main reasons why they are chosen time and time again for industrial flooring solutions. They have been known to last upwards of 20 years with the correct maintenance. It is also possible to refurbish the floor by over coating with another layer of resin which will significantly improve the longevity of the floor. This means that you will not have to consider the renovation of your industrial floor for quite some time, saving you a large amount of renovation costs in the long term.
The best approach to finding the flooring solution that best suits your industrial working environment is to contact your nearest epoxy resin flooring installation company. These knowledgeable professionals will be more than willing to provide you with as much information as you require. Many will happily carry out a free survey and quotation to ensure you have the budget for the job.