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6 Tips for a Successful Epoxy Floor Installation

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Industrial epoxy flooring is an ideal choice for durability and longevity. It’s being used on more facility floors than ever before, and with good reason. The long-term value of true high performance, industrial-grade epoxy, acrylic resin, and other resinous flooring is being realized by businesses around the world.

Installed throughout large facilities and complexes, with areas as large as 1 million square feet or more, industrial epoxy flooring is helping to safeguard employees and visitors, the environment and the bottom line.

Steps for Epoxy Floor Installation

Depending upon the formulation of the protective resinous or epoxy flooring topcoat, as well as the level of skid-inhibiting aggregate, cleaning and maintenance procedures may vary. However, the basics of epoxy floor installation apply to all. Read on to learn more:

1. Prep the surface.
Take whatever time is necessary to correctly prepare the concrete floor substrate, in strict accordance with industry standards and coating manufacturer’s instructions. Coating performance is directly affected by surface preparation. Integrity and service life will be reduced significantly if the surface is improperly prepared. Selection and implementation of the proper surface preparation ensures coating adhesion to the substrate and prolongs the life of the coating system. New concrete must be cured prior to coating. “Cured” is generally defined as concrete poured and aged at a suitable temperature for at least 28 days, though this rule is far from absolute.

2. Read all directions.

Carefully read all product technical data sheets, installation instructions and Safety Data Sheets in advance of heading to the jobsite.  Contact your manufacturer’s rep with any questions during the planning stage.

3.  Check for repairs first.

Verify that all prep equipment, mixers, paddles, and application tools are in good working condition, and clean of any old coatings.  Always de-lint rollers completely and properly prior to use.  Make sure personal safety equipment, goggles, dust masks, spiked shoes and the like are in good order, clean and available.

4. Following timing exactly.

Place an experienced team member at the mixing station to help guarantee proper blending and mixing technique. Diligently follow technical data combining and mixing instructions for each product, including mixing times.

5. Monitor results.

Keep a close eye on application technique for each type of product being installed. Supervise the pot life of each blended product, as well as the recoat windows.

6. Hire a manufacturer-approved installer & refinish if necessary.

When a resinous or epoxy floor nears the end of its useful life, it can be professionally refinished with the same look relatively quickly. Alternatively, an entirely different type of fluid-applied flooring system may be installed over the existing material. The selection is unlimited! In either case, the best course of action is to contact an expert at Florock.

No Flooring System Fits All

While other companies offer only one type of epoxy floor installation, Florock’s comprehensive line of products is made up of numerous different resinous topcoats and finishes. Plus, regional factory reps can help facilities find a local approved installer to complete the installation with quick turnaround. Our finishes include everything from smooth high-gloss surfaces, monolithic satin, stippled effects (similar to orange peels or basketballs), and slip-resistance varying from extremely mild to heavy duty for facilities with excessive grease or oil.

Our team can help you hone in on the optimal combined solution of lasting concrete floor protection and beautiful aesthetics. Just contact us 1-800-FLOROCK (356-7625) today!