Building a new warehouse or giving the current one a bit of a makeover and considering your flooring options? Epoxy flooring is one of the safest and longest lasting flooring options that is easy to clean and maintain, making it a great investment for any business.
What is Epoxy Floor Coating?
What is epoxy flooring, and why is it beneficial for industrial and commercial businesses? Commonly used in industrial flooring, an epoxy coating is applied over concrete floors to product a surface that is durable, smooth and able to hold up to the everyday comings and goings of vehicles and people. It is used as a floor coating on many industrial sites, in warehouses and commercial buildings to provide a clean and safe work area for staff and equipment.
There are a few different types of epoxy flooring that may be used depending on the use of the flooring, how much traffic your flooring will see and the overall look you are wanting to go for. The most often used product are self-dispersing epoxy floors which are best used in industry and commercial buildings where there is often heavy use and high traffic. This is compared to a self-levelling epoxy floor which is more often used in a residential basis where the concrete flooring look is desired.
For anti-slip properties, there is a self-dispersing epoxy with added quartz sand, while there are plenty of decorative options including gravelled, terrazzo and flaked.
Is There a Difference Between an Epoxy Floor and an Epoxy Coating?
There is a slight difference between an epoxy floor and an epoxy coating and the use of them will vary depending on your situation. The main difference is the depth of the epoxy. Essentially an epoxy coating is a surface made up of layers of epoxy (a resin); if at least two millimetres thick, it is usually an epoxy floor. If the layers are less than two millimetres thick, it is often referred to as an epoxy coating.
Benefits of Epoxy Coatings
There are plenty of benefits to epoxy floor coatings, especially when compared to other more traditional coatings that are often applied over concrete. Epoxy coatings:
* provide a hard-wearing durable surface that can hold up to heavy and continuous traffic
* are easy and quick to install
* are durable and easy to maintain
* are oil stain and water resistant
* can combine with paints and colours to mark out areas of flooring
* can be combined with anti-slip additives making it a safe flooring for staff
* prevent the wear and tear that happens on bare concrete flooring.
While there are plenty of benefits to using epoxy flooring, in some circumstances there can be some downsides. The main downsides are that if heavy items are dropped on the floor, it can cause chips and cracks which will need to be repaired. Another downside is not choosing the right flooring option – if your floors get wet regularly, it is essential to choose an anti-slip option for safety.
The other major downside for business and industry is that once the floor is laid, it can be difficult and time consuming to remove. This is why it is absolutely essential for you to be sure of where stock will be kept and where any safety zones and painted areas need to be. This needs to be a workable system that won’t change in a couple of months. We recommend taking the time to do a floor plan and talk to your staff that are on the warehouse floor to find out the best location for stock storage, parking of forklifts, walkways and the like to ensure you get this correct.
With years of experience in providing epoxy floor coatings and industrial flooring in Perth, Epoxy Flooring Perth can assist businesses in the industrial, commercial and mining sectors to find a flooring solution that suits your budget and staff safety requirements. For a consultation and quote, contact the team at Epoxy Flooring Perth today.