While there are many flooring options, epoxy resin flooring truly stands out from the crowd for many reasons. Epoxy flooring is one of the most versatile flooring coatings available for commercial, industrial, and even residential spaces. No other type of flooring offers the variety of options you get with epoxy. When choosing a new flooring system for commercial or industrial use, carefully consider the reasons below.
Durability & Strength – Epoxy flooring offers unparalleled resistance to impacts, shocks, abrasions, extreme temperatures, acids, and chemicals. The strong chemical bonds of epoxy floorings make them ideal for high-traffic spaces and facilities with heavy lifting, machinery, or vehicles. Epoxy floorings are popular due to their ability to resist breakdown caused by prolonged exposure to harsh chemicals.
Longevity – The lifespan of your flooring is extended after being coated with an epoxy. Many floors can last an additional 10 to 20 years after being treated. Most industries can expect 5 to 10 years of use before the coating needs to be touched up. Epoxy is by far one of the longest lasting floor coatings available, but its longevity depends heavily on its environment and whether it was installed properly.
Affordability – The per square foot costs of epoxy flooring is very comparable to other flooring systems. In fact, they are often the same or significantly lower than other systems when you include labor costs. Fast curing installation options means savings in construction downtime for your facility. Epoxy flooring is cost effective because it can reduce lighting costs, floor maintenance and cleaning costs too. Easy to clean, seamless floors prevent bacteria from growing while making cleanup more manageable for staff, saving time and money. The flooring will pay for itself over time with its longevity over other flooring options.
Aesthetics – Epoxy flooring comes in a wide variety of colors and patterns to match any environment. From safety floor striping to company logos, colors can be applied in any pattern. They are highly customizable to any design scheme and leave a sleek, smooth, seamless surface. Decorative flake or quartz can be added to enhance texture and anti-slip properties. High gloss options for epoxy coatings are available and improve lighting conditions to a large extent because of reflection.
Enhanced Safety – Two key options to consider is Epoxy Floor Striping and an Anti-Slip Topcoat. Particularly helpful in warehouses with forklifts or other moving machinery, floor striping is a popular safety feature for epoxy flooring. In a warehouse where employees are sharing the floor with drivers of heavy machinery, striping keeps everyone in their own lane and helps traffic to flow more efficiently. Floor striping can also aid in organization. Epoxy surfaces can become slippery when wet. An important safety feature to consider is slip-resistance through a combination of textured coatings and anti-slip additives. Slip-resistant epoxy flooring helps protect your business from the negative effects of workplace injuries. Epoxy flooring can increase workplace safety by adding impact resistance, slip resistance, chemical resistance, and fire resistance. It also improves safety in a work area by improving brightness by 300% and outlining safety zones.
Sanitary – Commercial epoxy flooring supports hygiene and infection control programs by eliminating spaces and seams where bacteria can grow. Anti-Microbial epoxy coatings can prevent viruses, bacteria, mold, and germs from growing in your flooring. This is a huge benefit for hospitals and medical facilities as well as food and beverage production and retail facilities which are subject to strict health and safety standards. Epoxy flooring is easily cleaned and maintained to prevent viruses and bacteria from spreading. Epoxy flooring is available in USDA & FDA approved options that are environmentally friendly that make “going GREEN” affordable and easy.
(ESD) Electrostatic Dissipative – Conductivity & Static Control – ESD conductive epoxy floors offer protection against electrostatic discharge in areas like high-tech test labs and automated assembly. These epoxy coatings are best for environments where there are electronics, technology or volatile chemicals where static electricity would pose a risk of injury or damage. These coatings prevent and reduce the effect of static discharges, thereby protecting equipment and workers. These floors are highly recommended for flooring spaces that contain flammable materials.
(MVT) Moisture Vapor Transmission – Controlling moisture vapor transmission is critical to the long-term durability of any slab-on-grade flooring. When moisture is present in concrete, it can cause failure of any floor coatings. Whatever the source, MVT can be both problematic and expensive. The solution is a properly installed epoxy moisture vapor barrier. Not all coatings offer the protection that you need to fight moisture vapor related damage. Having a moisture vapor system can be the solution to create a barrier for concrete slabs to keep your floors safe and dry. On-site moisture testing is extremely important to identify the correct product system to install. Unfortunately, not everyone is experienced or has the proper equipment to moisture-proof their commercial or industrial concrete. To get the job done and take the proper precautions, our team of experts at GH Alaska is more than happy to help. For more information, please call (907) 414-4941.
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