Epoxy coatings are applied to concrete surfaces to prevent degradation, to maintain appearance and to preserve purity of product contained within a concrete structure. Epoxy (type EP) offers excellent resistance to moisture and solvents. Epoxy is usually available as a two-component thermosetting mixture. Epoxy is fairly easy to apply, but is nearly impossible to remove without damaging components.
Epoxy is polymer materials that begin life as liquids and are converted to the solid polymers by a chemical reaction. An epoxy based polymer is mechanically strong, chemically resistant to degradation of the chemical elements in the solid form and highly adhesive during conversion from liquid to solid. There are a wide range of basic epoxy chemicals from which an epoxy system can be formulated.
Epoxy are known for their excellent adhesion, chemical and heat resistance, good to excellent mechanical properties and very good electrical insulating properties. Almost any property can be modified. It also has a high resistance to chemicals such as gasoline, salt, grease, oil and solvents.
ADVANTAGES OF USING EPOXY FLOOR
Protects concrete from wear, chemical corrosion and chemical deterioration. Reduces wear to transport vehicles and reduces time spent on maintenance. Provides faster material movement through working and transport areas and protect products from damage. Reduces floor maintenance and cleaning costs, producing a cleaner work environment and decreases injuries with non-slip surfaces. Increases light reflectivity and brightens work areas which saves on utility expenses and maximizes work efficiencies. Stable at wide range of temperatures, from -40 °C up to +70°C.
WHY CHOOSING EPOXY FLOORS?
There are many reasons why to choose epoxy flooring. Impact Resistance: Epoxy floors are generally used in areas of industry where goods are handled in specific spaces, such as production lines, warehouses, loading bays, and where compressive loads are generated by the movement of goods on trucks, pallets etc. Slip Resistance: Pedestrian traffic areas require varying degrees of slip resistance dependent on whether the environment is wet or dry. Fire Resistance: Fire escape routes, explosive production and storage areas underground car park decks. Hygiene: Being monolith the Epoxy flooring completely fulfil the requirements for the HACCP standardization system. Pharmaceutical, Automotive, food, beverage, chemical and electronics industries have very demanding sanitary requirements. These industries often need totally dust free and easily cleanable floors, without cracks or angled Corners. Chemical Resistant: Epoxy floor coverings provide an impermeable seal to protect floor from chemical attack.
AREAS WHERE APPLICATION OF EPOXY FLOORS IS REQUIRED
Epoxyde flooring systems have wide application as finishing procession of floors within: warehouses, parkings and garages, manufacturing plants for heavy and light industries, kitchens, cooling rooms, laboratories, schools, shopping centers, sports halls, automobile workshops, pharmaceutical industry, industy for food procession, gas stations, electronics industry, hospitals – surgery rooms and corridors, nuclear power plants, dairies and breweries, aerospace engineering, industrial plants for paints and lacquers, textile mills, hotels and restaurants.