What Is Epoxy Flooring?
While most people think it is just a paint used on garage flooring, it is actually a thermosetting resin that is applied to the floor as a coating. It is easy to make, as you just have to mix one part epoxide resin with one part polyamine hardener, but you have to be careful as the fumes are toxic which is why we recommend hiring professionals like us for the job. Unlike paint which dries, once the two parts of the epoxy have been mixed it creates a chemical reaction creating an exothermic curing process.
This process creates polymer structures that are closely linked thusly giving epoxy its strength and durability. The end result is much thicker than paint and bonds to a properly prepared surface.
What’s a Properly Prepared Surface?
We are glad you asked, a clean dry surface is extremely necessary for the adhesive process to occur. it is very rare that a structural adhesive can penetrate through surface contaminant in order to provide a bond on an unclean surface. In order to test your concrete flooring for wetness simply tape a plastic bag to the floor overnight, in the morning if the area is wet you should not proceed with an epoxy floor in your garage.
If the surface is still dry, congratulations you are ready to continue! If you have decided to epoxy your own flooring your floor should be sanded until clean and free from dust. Non – porous surfaces such as metal and plastic should be degreased, dried, and roughened by sanding, sandblasting or chemical etching.
At Wood Kingdom West we use the highest quality supplies when creating an epoxy, we want your investment to last for years to come. Epoxies are available in a wide range of colors, but some do have their drawbacks. The solvents used are very strong and hazardous. Safety comes first so our workers will be wearing respirators, eye and lung protection and rubber boots to keep them safe. Once we have completed the project we highly recommend keeping pets & children away from the garage and driveway so they may stay safe from the odors.
If you have questions about our services or would like to schedule an epoxy service, please contact Wood Kingdom West today.