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An Introduction to Epoxy Flooring – Where can it be used?

Finding the right flooring solution for your specific application can be hard work, particularly when you know very little about flooring. The truth is that every type of flooring has its pros and cons, but epoxy flooring is one solution that just so happens, in our opinion, to have a range of benefits that far outweighs the drawbacks. However, no flooring type is suitable for every application, so you’ll still need to do your research, and chat with the experts here at Ecoflor, to find the best option for you.

What is epoxy flooring?

 Epoxy flooring systems are a combination of resins and hardeners that when mixed together, chemically react to form a rigid plastic material. This material is durable, resistant to degradation and strong. It also bonds extremely well to most base layers, making it well suited to a wide range of commercial and industrial settings. That includes everything from hospitals and sports facilities to retail and public-facing spaces.

Epoxy flooring types

There are many types of epoxy flooring, each with a slightly different range of properties to suit the particular requirements of commercial and industrial settings. As well as epoxy floors, there are also epoxy floor coatings. The difference lies in the thickness of the application. An epoxy floor must be at least 2mm thick; anything less than that is an epoxy coating.

  • Flow applied epoxy flooringOur 2-4mm solvent-free, self smoothing epoxy flooring has a seamless surface for areas where hygiene is a priority and a non-dusting surface that makes it easy to clean and maintain. It is also available with an endless colour palette and a matt or high gloss finish to enhance your space.
  • Epoxy quartz screed flooringThis floor coating is applied by hand trowel using a well compacted screed and specially graded aggregate filler to create a tight, closed textured surface and a completely seamless floor. Measuring 4-6mm in depth, this solvent-free system boasts excellent impact, abrasion and chemical resistance, making it well suited to pharmaceutical plants and commercial kitchens.
  • Epoxy resin terrazzo – Durable and hardwearing, this system uses naturally coloured marble chips that are bound together with a coloured epoxy resin before being ground and polished to stunning effect. This system is laid to a thickness of 8mm and ground down to a finish of 6mm. It is available in 27 standard colours, with five standard marble colours to add class to corridors, reception areas and any public space.
  • Epoxy resin screedThis system involves dust-free diamond grinding surface preparation, followed by precise trowel application to create a seamless, flawless finish. The smart screed features a specially graded aggregate filler which gives the finished floor its durability, closed texture and stone-like look. The result is a tough, attractive flooring solution for offices, retail spaces, laboratories and other commercial environments.

Where can epoxy flooring be used?

Epoxy floors are durable and highly resistant to just about everything – oil, petrol, bleach, chemicals, heat, bacteria, germs and water, which is why they are commonly used in the automotive industry, and are also a popular choice in hospitals and clinics.

The bright, professional appearance of epoxy flooring systems also makes them well suited to public facing spaces. They are easy to sweep and maintain, and the fact that very little sticks to this type of flooring makes cleaning up any kind of mess a simple process.

Though durable and highly resistant, epoxy floors are probably not the best choice for extremely demanding industrial environments where everyday wear and tear can take its toll. If dropped, heavy objects can damage the flooring and cracks can also develop.

Could epoxy flooring be the perfect solution for your retail, commercial or public facing space? Request a free, no obligation quote by e-mailing: contact@ecoflor.co.uk or give our friendly sales and technical team a call on 0800 6126 500 to discuss your project.

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