How Do Epoxy Floor Coatings Work?

February 25, 2018

How Do Epoxy Floor Coatings Work?

Epoxy flooring is well-known for its durability but what makes it superior to other coatings in its hard-wearing strength?

Well, the strength of epoxy comes from the way it is made. Epoxy coatings are created from a chemical bonding of two components – polyepoxide resin and polyamine hardener. These components are mixed together immediately before being applied to the floor surface. The chemical reaction that occurs causes them to bond to one another and to the floor surface.

The material then undergoes a curing process, where it hardens as the polymer structures are strengthened through cross-linking. Once the epoxy coating has cured, you're left with a thick and durable surface that is able to handle both chemical and mechanical stress.

So epoxy is a completely different kind of material to a coating such as paint. Paint covers a floor and dries after application, whereas epoxy is a resin which bonds to the floor and thickens through its formation process. Not only does it coat the surface, it also seals and protects it. This is why more and more people are choosing epoxy floor coating as a more sustainable and long-lasting flooring option.

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