Epoxy flooring has become an increasingly popular trend over the years, as homeowners and businesses alike discover the benefits of epoxy coatings. Phoenix, Arizona is a city that keeps up with much of the modern trends and technology, so it comes as no surprise that the advances in floor coating materials are used extensively here.

For home use, the most popular place to install epoxy floors is in the garage. The tough epoxy resins help protect against chipping of concrete from dropped tools, leaks and oils spills, as well as giving the garage a nicer style and feel. A garage can go from a "dingy, dark place that you store a car," to a stylish workshop or man cave that doubles as parking.

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epoxy coating interiorsWhat many homeowners in Phoenix may not know is that epoxies are also being used for other flooring uses around the home as well. Epoxy coatings can be used for laundry rooms, to protect the floor against wet clothes, detergent spills and humidity. Epoxy flooring is also used in kitchens and common areas where food spills and lots of foot traffic would quickly destroy other types of flooring.

We have seen some modern homes use epoxy coatings in most of the rooms, and then plush area rugs put down in places where more comfort is needed. Living rooms are a good example of this, where the style and sleek look of epoxy might give the room a nice feel, but who wants to take their shoes off and relax on the couch with their bare feet touching the cold epoxy floor? A plush rug under the couch fixes this problem and gives the best of both worlds. When the rug wears out you can simply replace it for a few hundred dollars instead of recarpeting the whole room for thousands.

Epoxy Coatings for Walls TooEpoxy Coatings for Walls

Did you know that modern epoxy resins can even be used to coat the walls? Yes, the same colors, water resistance and durability that epoxies provide for flooring can also be applied to your walls in place of paint. Here we apply a simple gray epoxy to the walls. This will give a durable coating to the walls and protect them from moisture and damage.

Commercial and Business Uses for Epoxy Flooring

On the business side, we are seeing an increasing use of epoxy for a variety of commercial purposes, ranging from scientific (clean rooms and labs), to automotive, hospitals, and even showrooms. Below is a brief list of just a few of the industries and uses of epoxy floors:

  • Warehouse Flooring - epoxy floors provide a strong and easy to maintain surface for thousands of square feet of flooring. A non-slip layer can be added to ensure a safe work environment.
  • Aerospace and Aviation - hangars and storage facilities can benefit from epoxy resins to protect against spills and equipment.
  • Hospitals - epoxy flooring is regularly used in hospitals to help maintain a clean and sterile environment for health reasons.
  • Commercial Kitchens - food, spills and oil are all potential hazards in the restaurant industry. Epoxy floors help keep a safe and clean work area that is easy to maintain.
  • Automotive - auto shops are extremely hard on concrete, with all the tools, chemicals and oils that are used. Epoxy resin's toughness and durability protect the concrete and help provide a safe work area.
  • Loboratories and Clean Rooms - a neutral, clean and static free environment is highly important in an industry where many chemicals are used, tests are performed and precision is key. Epoxy floors are one of the safest choices for these environments.

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There are many other commercial uses for epoxy flooring, but these are just a few. When considering the flooring options for your home or business, look at the benefits of each and decide which is right for your situation.

Brilliant Epoxy Floors Inc. has over 22 years of experience and has installed millions of square feet of epoxy resin floors for both residential and commercial epoxy floors. Give us a call today at: 480-203-2444 and let us help you get the professional custom epoxy flooring service you deserve on your next commercial or residential project.

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wood floor planks imageEpoxy flooring has become increasingly popular in recent years. Traditionally, homes built over hundred years ago would have used bare wood flooring. This created many problems as the untreated wood was vulnerable to stains and damage from water. It was common for homes to have uneven flooring caused by damage to the wood. Bare wood flooring would crack, warp, and split over time as wear and water absorption degraded the quality of the floor.

A Brief History of Linoleum Flooring

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linoleum flooring

In 1863 a man by the name of Frederick Walton invented a flooring material that he called linoleum. This material was nothing like the more modern “linoleum” materials we are familiar with today and was much more prone to cracking and curling. Still, it became increasingly popular through the turn of the century and was a commonly used flooring material. It was water resistant and helped create a uniform flooring that would protect the wood underneath.

Sometime during the 1960s vinyl flooring almost completely replaced linoleum as the most commonly used flooring option. Vinyl could be made in large sheets and, combined with more modern technologies, it allowed many different styles and colors that were not previously available. Interestingly, vinyl is still mistakenly called “linoleum” by many people who don’t really understand the differences in the materials.

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plush carpet flooring

After World War II, during the housing boom of the 1950s, carpeted houses really caught on. It became chic to have plush, luxurious carpeting throughout the entire house. The “American Dream” was epitomized by having luxurious homes that invited you to take your shoes off and enjoy the comfort of your castle.

Epoxy Terrazo flooring was actually invented in the 1500s in Italy, but the modern epoxy coatings of today are nothing like the original materials used back then. In recent years, epoxy floor coating technologies have become increasingly popular and are used for homes as well as commercial projects.

One of the reasons for this is epoxy resins are extremely durable and are also completely waterproof. A kitchen area, which is prone to many food spills and water damage is a perfect place to install epoxy to protect the flooring. Additionally, with the modernization of materials and technologies, epoxy resins can be installed to match any look and style that an interior decorator wishes.

One of the most common residential uses where epoxy floors are seen is in the garage. Garages see a lot of heavy use from vehicles and equipment, while many people also use their garage for a workshop. Epoxy resins are very hard and durable, making them an ideal material to protect against chemicals, oil and tools that are used in a garage.

Risks of Not Having a Professional Epoxy Install

Epoxy Floors in Phoenix Arizona Homes

Epoxy flooring is very commonly seen in Phoenix homes. The durability and UV protection that it provides make for an ideal protection against the harsh Arizona sun. Garages, patios, pool areas and walkways are all common areas that can benefit from epoxy floor coatings to protect the concrete from weather damage. In high traffic areas or places where there may be a lot of water – like a pool deck – a non-slip coating can be added to add additional traction to safeguard against slipping and falling.

On the commercial side, epoxies are used in chemical containment areas, warehouses, hospitals, showrooms, aircraft hangars, and numerous other buildings. Over the last 20 years or so, epoxy has become one of the prime flooring options for both commercial and residential installations.

Now, with constantly innovated technologies, epoxy floors can be installed in almost any color, style and texture to match the design of the building.

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Helping homeowners better understand the installation of epoxy flooring is important to us. Knowledge is power, so we want to empower our customers with the knowledge of what a professional epoxy coating installation looks like and the potential problems that can be avoided by correct preparation.

We recorded a complete epoxy floor job from start to finish and sped up the footage to create a time-lapse of the install. You can see the footage below:

Step 1 – Grind and Resurface Concrete Substrate

grind and resurfacing imageThis step involves grinding down the top layer of the concrete to remove any foreign materials or previous coatings. To ensure the best adhesion of the epoxy and a long-lasting flooring, the concrete needs to be freshly surfaced. You can see the industrial diamond-bit grinders we use making short work of removing the top layers of concrete.

Similar to sanding a piece of wood before applying paint, this process provides a clean, smooth surface for the epoxy resin to adhere to. During the grinding, we also remove any nicks, lumps or uneven concrete that might cause problems with the flooring later.

Notice how meticulously we go over every square inch of the floor, even using smaller equipment along edges and within cabinet areas.

Step 2 – Flooring Clean-up and Crack Filling

filling cracks in concreteAfter grinding, a large amount of concrete dust and loose debris remains on the floor. Our crew takes great care in the cleaning and removal of all loose material on the concrete. As you can see, the surface already looks much smoother and more even. Splotches and discoloration from oils or other chemicals spilled in the garage have mostly been removed.

Once the floor surface is clean, a special concrete “caulking” or crack filler is applied to any remaining cracks that were too large to remove during the grinding phase. Our installation crew goes over the entire floor and manually fills every crack, dip, break, or any area that might cause adhesion problems for the epoxy coating.

As you can see, half (or sometimes more) of our installation process is spent properly preparing the concrete substrate for the epoxy resin. We can’t stress this enough, correct preparation of the concrete is extremely important and can add years to the life of your epoxy flooring. Many handymen or dishonest epoxy companies cut corners here, allowing them to charge lower prices and dupe unsuspecting homeowners. Their flooring may look the same because they hide the improper surface under the epoxy coating, but 1 or 2 years later when the flooring starts coming up the homeowner is left in the position of trying to get the company to come back and fix their work after they have already been paid.

Many times, the company is no longer in business or refuses to fix it and the homeowner has to pay hundreds or thousands of dollars for another company to come in and repair the floor. Don’t let this be you. It may cost a little more to install the flooring correctly the first time, but you will save money in the long run.

Step 3 – Priming the Flooring for Installation

installing primer on concreteNow comes the fun part as it all starts to come together. We install a thick primer layer that coats the whole substrate. This resin-based primer provides high adhesion with the concrete and creates a smooth, unbroken surface across the entire flooring area. All discolorations and crack fills are completely covered, giving a consistent color and solid surface to the floor. Our team manually checks all areas and edges to ensure consistent coverage across the flooring.

Step 4 – Buffing and Micro Abrasion

After the primer has dried, our install crew buffs the surface with fine sandpaper-like pads. This lightly abrades the coating with millions of tiny scratches that creates a better surface for the next layer to adhere to. This is another area where some companies may cut corners, preferring to skip this step for a faster, cheaper install.

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wheaton custom epoxy flooringCustom epoxy flooring is available in a vast array of colors, styles, chip options and texture variations. One of the difficulties as an industry professional, is: “how do we help our customers picture what this will look like on their floor?” It is difficult to conceptualize what the installed epoxy will look like when you aren’t familiar with the product. Sometimes customers order something they don’t understand and may say “oh, that isn’t what I expected” once they see the finished install.

Transparency in Epoxy Flooring Processes

One of our goals is to help our customers understand the product and what they are getting in an epoxy floor before they order. This transparency in the product and process helps both of us. We want you to be happy with our service, so the best way to ensure that is to help you understand the process, what is involved and help you choose the right materials for your specific room and application.

Even though it can be difficult to picture something in the abstract without seeing the finished product first, there are several things you can do that will help:

  1. Go take a look at our Floor Coating Systems page. This page has helpful descriptions of the different systems we offer. Some are categorized as “Commercial Coating Systems” and others are “Residential Coating Systems.” The main difference is the systems meant for commercial use are generally more rugged and used for high traffic areas or chemical containment. You could still use these for your home, but they are overkill.
  2. Check out our Epoxy Color Charts and Chip Options page This page shows what the different epoxy colors and chips are. We recently added our Granite Full Chip Systems color chart which shows a very accurate representation of the color chips you can choose for your flooring. These are the actual color chips we use, and you can see what they look like at life-size by clicking each one.
  3. Head on over to the Residential Epoxy Gallery page and pick which system you are interested in seeing photos for. These photos of finished systems will help you picture what the installed flooring will look like.
  4. Once you have reviewed these pages and feel confident you know which epoxy coating system you are interested in, you can use our online order form (red button at top of site) to save an extra $40 when you are ordering. Still have questions, or need guidance on what system you should use for your specific needs? Feel free to email or call us and we can help you find the solution for your application.
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Commercial epoxy flooring has a variety of uses across many different industries. The strength, durability and protection it provides, as well as the low relative cost in comparison to other types of floors make it an ideal flooring option for a wide array of commercial applications. Today we take a look at 6 major uses for industrial epoxy flooring.

Warehouse Flooring

Epoxy coatings are great for warehouse flooring. Warehouses usually see heavy traffic, including equipment like forklifts, machinery and vehicles. Coating the floors with epoxy is an excellent way to protect the concrete from wear, pitting or other damage. The coating also makes the warehouse easier to clean, defending against dirt, spills and chemicals. In areas where a large number of people will be walking, a non-slip traction layer can be added to the epoxy to help lessen the danger of workers slipping and falling.

Aircraft Hangars

Airplane Hangar Epoxy Floor CoatingTraditional concrete floors can absorb chemicals, making it difficult or impossible to completely remove them without replacing the floor. This can cause a safety hazard for employees. Epoxy coatings are chemical resistant and actually repel chemicals, causing chemical and fuel spills to float atop epoxy coatings instead of seeping in. This allows easier cleanup by maintenance crews. Coating the floors of aircraft hangars with an epoxy resin provides similar benefits to warehouse floors. The coating is also heat resistant and handles the hot tires of the aircraft.

Automotive Facilities

Auto shops are notoriously hard on floors. Grease, oil and chemicals are regularly spilled on the floors. Tools and parts are dropped or dragged across the floor, causing chips, scratches and gouges in the concrete. This is just the nature of the business and the heavy duty tools and equipment involved. Fortunately, industrial epoxy flooring can protect the concrete from even these harsh conditions.

Pharmaceutical Epoxy Flooring

Epoxy makes an excellent flooring surface for pharmaceutical, laboratory and clean room use. The resins are naturally anti-microbial and create a seamless surface that resists dirt, dust and bacteria. The high chemical resistance and waterproof finish make it an ideal surface for the harsh conditions found in laboratories and pharmaceutical environments.

Showroom Floors

Office Flooring Metallic EpoxyIn addition to being a highly durable commercial-grade coating, epoxy resins are also very versatile and stylish. Many different colors, styles and textures can be achieved to match almost any design need. This makes it ideally suited to using in showrooms. What better way for a car dealership to show off their top (insert favorite Mercedes/Lambo/Porsch/BMW) than to have its gleaming body nicely reflected in the surface of the stylish new epoxy flooring.

Food Service Flooring

Coating commercial kitchen floors with epoxy resins is an ideal use to take advantage of all the benefits epoxy floors bring. Kitchens, such as those in restaurants and the fast food industry, see high levels of traffic, as well as oil and food spills. These areas are very hard on other types of flooring, causing excessive wear, staining and damage to the floor. Additionally, they can be difficult to clean and disinfect. This is where epoxy floor coating shines, protecting and sealing the floors from damage and bacteria. The seamless anti-microbial layer makes the floors easy to clean and prevents harmful bacteria buildup. This helps keep a sanitary kitchen and can improve the establishments ability to pass health department inspections. The epoxy coating doesn’t absorb grease, dirt and food spills, making it simple for staff to mop and wash down the kitchen when they close for the day. High traffic areas can also be installed with a non-slip surface to make the floors safer for kitchen staff to walk on without falling.

Additional Commercial Epoxy Flooring Uses

There are many other commercial applications for epoxy flooring, including military use, healthcare, manufacturing, factories, and others. A future post may focus on these additional uses, but here are the 6 we focused on for today.

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Welcome to 2018. Technology and materials continue to advance in many different fields, providing numerous options in construction and home improvement. All the choices can cause confusion and indecision though, due to homeowners not fully understanding the pros and cons of the flooring materials and which may be optimal for their specific application. This month, we will examine some of the more commonly used floor finishes, trying to focus on outlining the benefits and drawbacks and where you should or should not use them.

4 Different Kinds of Flooring and How They Can Be Used

Carpeting for Floors

carpet flooringBenefits: Carpet is fairly inexpensive, costing $1.00 – $4.00 per square foot on average, depending on type and quality. It is comfortable and provides a welcoming, cozy feel to most rooms. It is great for covering up uneven or badly finished floors and can be replaced easily if damaged or stained. The material also acts as a sound dampener, lessening the noise around the house.

Drawbacks: Carpet quickly gets stained, dirty and retains allergens. The oils from your feet collect on the carpet, causing tracking and filthy-looking areas where it sees more traffic. It requires regular cleaning, often needing professional steam cleaning to make the carpet presentable again. Some stains simply cannot be removed, and when carpeting needs to be replaced, you usually need to replace the whole room, since it cannot be patched without looking mismatched.

Good and Bad Uses for Carpeting: Generally, using carpeting in high traffic areas or rooms that will see a lot of food, liquid or contaminants that may stain is a bad idea. Kitchens, dining rooms, garages and basements should not be carpeted. Bedrooms are a good choice to add comfort.

Cork Flooring

Cork FlooringBenefits: Cork is a natural material that is environmentally friendly. It is mold resistant and has an anti static properties that resist microbes and toxins. Cork is harvested from the bark of cork trees, which gives each floor unique textures and insuring no two floors are exactly alike. While not as soft as carpet, cork still provides a soft, springy surface that is enjoyable to walk on.

Drawbacks: Cork can require a lot of maintenance. Heavy items sitting on it can leave permanent indentations, making the floor look strange if you decide to rearrange your furniture. It also stains and water causes it to swell. Though you can apply sealers that help prevent this, the sealers need to be re-applied fairly often to maintain your floors.

Rooms for Cork Flooring: Potentially any room could use cork flooring, but it requires more care and maintenance than some other flooring finishes. Higher traffic areas like kitchens or rooms with a lot of heavy furniture, like living rooms are riskier to do in cork. Bedrooms or a loft are safer rooms to use cork.

Check out the video below to see an epoxy flooring install for an entire house. Skip to the end to see the final results.

Epoxy Resin Floor Coating

metallic epoxy flooringBenefits: Epoxy is a strong and versatile coating that can be used in almost any room. It completely seals the floor, so it can be used in bathrooms, kitchens, or any room that you want to protect against water or food spills. Epoxy flooring is very durable and can be used in high traffic areas as a good way to protect the floors from damage. It also acts as an anti-microbial barrier, so is good for people with allergies. Epoxy floors are easy to clean. You can sweep, vacuum and/or mop the floor. Epoxy resins are very stylish and can be used to create many different designs and looks to match any room.

Drawbacks: Epoxies are hard and do not provide soft or comfortable surfaces to walk on. If used in bedrooms or an area where you want to relax in comfort, an area rug on top of the flooring can provide some added comfort.

Rooms for Epoxy Flooring: Epoxy is great in the kitchen to protect against spills and staining. Coating the garage floor protects the concrete against chemicals, tire marks and damage from tools and storage. Living rooms can be made very stylish with epoxy coatings, while a rug under the couch can add a soft surface for guests to lounge on. Epoxy floors are fine for any room in the house, but are best in high traffic areas and areas where you want to protect against spills or water.

Hardwood Flooring

Benefits: Hardwood flooring is very classy and stylish. Most people love the look of hardwood floors, so it raises the resale value of a home. They are also easy to clean.

Drawbacks: Expensive. Hardwood flooring is one of the most expensive flooring options available. At costs from $10 to $18 per square foot, depending on wood type, removal and installation, expect to spend $5,000 to $10,000 or more for a quality hardwood floor. They need to be refinished and re-coated periodically, especially in high traffic areas, to protect and maintain the floors. Unlike cork or carpet, hardwood flooring does not dampen sound and is noisy to walk on.

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Since the holidays are here again, we are going to focus on the versatility and sometimes even “festive” options that epoxy provides, allowing designers and businesses to install flooring, design epoxy “art,” or other creative uses that match almost any design or need.

Modern Epoxy Resin Floors Add Excitement

commercial epoxy resin floorFlooring used to be boring, but with all the modern, creative uses for resins, colors and texturing possible with epoxy, this is no longer so. The contemporary designer has a veritable canvas in the floor space of any home or business. This surface can be styled and textured and blended to create an effect or compliment the decor of the room.

For business use, epoxy resin flooring can create a stylish, yet durable surface that can withstand years of traffic and abuse. However, one of the clever uses for epoxy floors that businesses may start taking advantage of is to create effects that they change during special promotions or seasons. Changing the flooring for an entire department store could get rather costly, but imagine just doing the entryway for a seasonal event like Christmas, or gearing up for a spring break or summer sale.

Creative Commercial Uses for Epoxy Coatings

business epoxy resin floorLikewise, for commercial use such as a warehouse or hangar, different areas could have different shades of “color coding” to designate where certain machinery is stored. Areas of a plant that had been specially treated for chemical use might have a specific epoxy flooring color coding to instantly let employees know at a glance that the area was safe for chemicals.

3D flooring art is starting to catch on as well. Graphic murals and artwork of everything from seascapes with realistic looking animal life, to clever optical illusions that look like something is breaking through the floor are being installed to create custom effects. This flooring is digitally printed and then the material applied to the surface. After installation, the flooring is then coated with a clear epoxy resin to protect the print and seal the floor.

Epoxy Resin for Creative Design

Epoxy resins truly allow us to expand our creativity and style in the flooring industry. But it doesn’t stop there. Epoxy is being used to create jewelry, art, tables, counters and many other things as well. Check out this Pinterest page dedicated to epoxy. How about a custom coffee table made with real coffee beans encased in epoxy resin? Or a real penny epoxy flooring made with thousands of pennies coated in epoxy resin?

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Most people have heard of epoxy floor coatings for garages, but you may not know that epoxy flooring is used for many other surfaces as well. Here are seven uses for epoxy that you may not be aware of.

Epoxy Resins for Pool Decks and Pool Rooms

Epoxy Pool Deck1. Pool decks can be dangerous if they are not properly surfaced. Water from the pool can make the deck slippery. A wrong step can cause your friends or family to slip, hurting themselves on the hard concrete surface. Fortunately, epoxy flooring can be mixed with non-slip materials that provide extra traction around the pool deck to help prevent injuries from slipping.

2. Pool rooms are another great place to use epoxies. The coating creates a moisture and microbial barrier that simultaneously protects against moisture damage and bacteria build-up.

Epoxy Coatings in the Bathroom

3. Bathrooms get a lot of use. Let’s face it, we spend a lot of time in the bathroom, showering, washing our hands, getting ready for work. Just one person uses the bathroom several times each day. The average family bathroom may see use dozens of times each day. With all the water and steam from constant showers, and water from the sink, bathrooms see a lot of continual moisture. This causes mildew, peeling paint and wallpaper, curling linoleum, damp and rotting baseboards, as well as other moisture related problems.

Epoxy resin coatings can alleviate many of these problems. Epoxy seals the floor against moisture, preventing water from seeping into the flooring and causing damage. It also creates a barrier that is resistant to mildew. Epoxy can also be used on the walls and baseboards to protect against moisture seeping into them and causing rot.

Epoxy Surface Coatings for Use in Saunas

4. Epoxy coatings can be used on the walls and floors of saunas. The thick, durable layer is tough and resistant and can stand the high temperatures and abuse inherent in a sauna environment. Saunas that don’t use the proper materials can be breeding grounds for bacteria and fungus that may build up over time. Epoxy floor coatings act as a microbial barrier that don’t hold bacteria. With proper cleaning and maintenance, these coatings provide an excellent surfacing option for a sauna.

Epoxy Flooring for the Basement or Den

(5 & 6) Many people cut corners when it comes to the flooring for their den or basement. Much of their time and money went into the kitchen, bedrooms, dining room and other areas of the house, so you will often see the basement with a half-finished look. Bare concrete, rafters and beams still visible, maybe a missing piece of sheetrock that was never hung. This seems like such a waste. With a few finishing touches and some stylish looking epoxy on the floor, these rooms can be turned into modern, comfortable places that your friends will want to spend time in. Make that dreary basement into a lively man cave or game room.

Epoxy Floor Coatings in the Garage

Metallic Epoxy Garage Floor Coating7. One of the most popular uses for epoxy floor coatings, and the one that most people think of when they hear “epoxy flooring” is for the garage. The garage is a place that can see heavy use. Tools, equipment, vehicles and numerous other things are stored in the garage. Many homes also use the garage as a workshop. Tools get dropped on the floor, heavy items are slid, dropped, or drug around. Oil spills, dripping car fluids and other chemicals often find their way to the garage floor. Very few flooring options can stand up to all this abuse as well as epoxy. Epoxy resins can withstand most oils and chemicals. Tools and heavy items dropped on the surface will usually do little to no damage. The other benefit is that epoxy floor coatings create a layer that seals the concrete and makes the surface very easy to clean. Oils or chemicals that would normally stain other surfaces wash off much more easily from epoxy.

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Improper epoxy flooring surface preparation can lead to delamination and other problems with your epoxy flooring. Do you know enough to tell whether your installer is conditioning and installing your floor correctly?

One of our frustrations as a professional epoxy flooring installation company, is seeing all the hack handymen, fly-by-night “epoxy” companies and other con men posing as epoxy floor professionals. Many homeowners get duped by the low prices, thinking they are getting a great deal. After all, most epoxy floors look similar when finished. It isn’t till later, when the low quality floors start to delaminate that the differences become apparent.

proper floor coating preparationSome companies may even offer lengthy warranties to hide the low quality materials and workmanship. Offering a 30 year warranty doesn’t matter if the company isn’t around in 2 or 3 years.

One of the most important things that some companies may cut corners on is the surface preparation of the concrete. There are only three methods of preparing the concrete for epoxy installation that will properly condition the floor. We want to educate homeowners on the proper methods, so they are less likely to be fooled by shoddy work.

The Three Methods of Epoxy Flooring Surface Preparation

Shot Blasting Concrete Flooring

Shot blasting is a one-step approach for removing, cleaning up and profiling surfaces in preparation for coverings and overlays. Not only do shot blasting systems produce a roughened texture that enhances adhesion of decorative garnishes, they also leave surface areas immediately ready and dry for re-coating or resurfacing.

Many shot blasters use a wheel with blades similar to paddles, that launch steel shot at the surface area at a high speed utilizing centrifugal force, fracturing off the surface layer of the concrete along with any dirt, finishes, paint or other contaminants.

The depth of surface area removal is managed by a mix of factors, consisting of the size of the shot and concentration utilized, the rate the machine is moved across the floor, shot impact force and whether there is already a coating on the floor that needs to be removed. One advantage of shot blasting is that it produces little dust or debris, making the technique an excellent choice for floors in sensitive areas, such as cooking facilities or making plants. Shot blasting is one of the old techniques earlier utilized to level a flooring and to prepare a concrete floor for further treatment. The heat produced from shot blasting can make the covering sticky.

Concrete Grinding Floor Surface Preparation

commercial epoxy floor prep imageConcrete grinding is a phrase that broadly references the work done to a concrete surface to remove layers of residue or imperfections. Concrete grinding is generally used in the removal of flooring finishes and/or the flooring itself, as well as glue left from carpet or tile removal. It can also remove residual grout from stone tile floors.

Concrete floor grinders use powerful rotating diamond-coated discs to carry out a wide variety of jobs, from concrete texturing to clean and open the pores of the surface, to elimination of paints, glues and other finishes. They usually leave behind a smoother profile than scarifying, scraping or shot blasting, and when used on difficult, dense concrete surfaces they have more of a polishing effect rather than creating abrasions.

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What is a “commercial epoxy coating” and how does it differ from the epoxy that is used for residential flooring? This is a common question in the industry and among homeowners, with many wondering what the distinction is between the two.

Where Commercial Epoxy Coating is Used

While there are differences, most of the same processes and materials are used for both commercial and residential epoxy floors. Here at Brilliant Epoxy Floors Inc., we regularly install our systems in garages, basements and living rooms, but may install a similar floor coating in a warehouse or commercial kitchen the next day.

commercial epoxy coating kitchen floorAll of our residential systems including; solid color, chip systems, Granite Chrome System, and Pearl Essence Metallic systems can be used for commercial projects. A major difference that can be found in a commercial application of one of these systems is the sealant and top coat we use may be thicker and more hardened to protect against high traffic or heavy equipment damaging the floor.

Commercial Epoxy Coating Additives

Many commercial uses of epoxy coatings also require the addition of non-slip additives such as sand or grit (we use an aluminum oxide sand-like material) to give the flooring a more textured surface. This textured finish provides more traction and helps prevent slipping.

For high-use businesses and commercial areas, many companies are very pressed for time when making any changes. They use their floors daily and need the area ready again for use as soon as possible. For projects such as these we usually recommend one of our quick drying systems that can be ready again for use within two days.

In reality, all residential epoxy flooring systems can be “converted” for use in most commercial floor projects. Depending on traffic, use and what sort of wear the floor is likely to receive, we select a finish appropriate for the situation. Need a durable, non-slip surface for a commercial kitchen that is easy to clean every night when the restaurant shuts down? No problem.

There are a few epoxy floor coatings that are specific to commercial projects. These are systems that could in theory be used in a home, but are unnecessary and what one might call “overkill” for home use.

Quartz Broadcast System

commercial epoxy coating chemical pitThis system is widely used for light to medium traffic situations. It is excellent in commercial kitchens, manufacturing facilities, aviation, automotive, bathrooms, and bottling facilities. Generally, this system is recommended for areas where water containment is needed and a more durable surface that can take a good amount of traffic. These floors generally have very good traction and anti-slip surfaces.

The 1/4 inch Power Trowel Systems

This system is a very thick silica mortar mix that is used to correct degradation of concrete and to create a very strong flooring system for all Industry. Used In warehouse, manufacturing, bottling, aircraft hangers, military, and automotive use. This system restores old cracked and pitted concrete to a smooth extremely durable heavy weight traffic and storage system.

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