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Why Your Epoxy Floor Should Be Installed By A Resinous Flooring Expert

Updated: Apr 28

Commercial epoxy flooring has become very popular, as it has many benefits including low maintenance and ease of cleaning. However, unlike other flooring options, properly applying is important to its life span, making resinous flooring experts a real benefit for the end-user.

Why is this the case? There are many reasons why concrete epoxy flooring should only be installed by resinous experts, but we will review the major reasons in this blog.

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Poor Surface Preparation is a Major Factor

One of the major reasons to hire an epoxy flooring contractor to install your epoxy flooring is because they have the proper machinery that can correctly prepare your concrete surface, as each manufacturer has a specific surface profile that can only be achieved with the correct equipment. If you are coating epoxy on an old surface, whether it be in a warehouse or any other industrial space, the flooring surface is the flooring surface must be properly prepared before an epoxy coating is installed. The floor must be clean, dry, and dust-free, and the substrate needs to be ground or shot-blasted properly, this requires a machine with good down pressure to ensure a proper cut or profiling. This equipment is specific to resinous flooring, meaning only a professional would expend on average 30,000.00 dollars that would meet the epoxy manufacturer's requirements.

Additionally, imperfections can often be found in urethane cement flooring systems that are completed on a do-it-yourself basis. This occurs because of a failure to properly clean and prepare the surface before installation, and it can cause the finished product to look unclean and unprofessional. People who attempt to install an epoxy resin floor themselves often overlook the crucial aspect of surface preparation and their flooring fails as a result. We cannot stress enough how important this step is, and only an epoxy flooring contractor will be equipped to provide the necessary preparation.

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Improper Primer for your Epoxy Floor

For your epoxy floor system to function properly, you must first apply a suitable primer to your commercial floor. The primer must be of low viscosity, allowing it to penetrate the substrate, yet heavy enough to create a solid glue line.

A resinous flooring expert will be knowledgeable about the different commercial epoxy flooring types, and they will know which primers will work best for your flooring needs. Using the correct primer will enable the epoxy coating to seamlessly bond to the substrate below. Disregarding the use of an epoxy primer can be detrimental to the lifespan of the epoxy floor, and it can cause it to peel or bubble the final coating film.

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The Substrate Is Too Weak To Hold The Epoxy

Another common problem, and something that a layman may not know, is that epoxy flooring needs to be installed onto a solid substrate. If the substrate is weak, or if the epoxy flooring is stronger than it, the cement floor will pull off under the stress.

This occurs as a result of low-quality cement, or if the cement is damaged beyond repair. Only a resinous flooring expert would be able to evaluate the original substrate

to determine whether or not it requires any remediation.

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Incompatible Substrate for Epoxy Flooring

Having a substrate that is compatible with the epoxy that you are trying to install is also another important concern. That is why it is important to determine whether or not the substrate is suitable for the epoxy flooring system.

A resinous flooring expert will be able to evaluate the substrate to determine whether it will be able to bond to the epoxy and whether they will be compatibly compatible in terms of adhesion and tensile strength. Someone who is not an expert in resinous flooring may also attempt to install an epoxy coating onto a floor that is too flexible, such as a wood floor with no additional support.

It is also important to make sure that the substrate has not been contaminated by oils or chemicals, which can lead to dis-bonding, and a coating will fail in no time at all.

A resinous flooring expert would be able to evaluate whether or not your concrete substrate would be an acceptable surface to bond with.

Bubbles and Pinholes In an Epoxy Flooring System

A common occurrence that can happen with do-it-yourself epoxy coatings is that the epoxy can form bubbles or pinholes, which can lead to peeling or delaminating. Most often, this happens as a result of the installer failing to mix the resin properly, as allowing the paddle to move in and out of the resin will create frothing or air bubbles, that during cure will expand and leave pinholes.

The bonding coat is vitally important, as it prevents outgassing, which is a moisture vapor phenomenon that occurs during rising temperatures.

This is an issue that a resinous flooring expert can resolve by thoroughly inspecting the prime or seal coating for any voids or pinholes before applying the finishing coat. This step is crucial, and it can determine whether or not the epoxy installation will be a long-term success.

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Always Hire An Expert Epoxy Floor Contractor

The examples listed above are just a few of the reasons why it is important to hire a resinous flooring expert when installing epoxy flooring. This is vital and will always pay dividends when done correctly.

Each epoxy resin and hardener have different requirements, such as ratio, hardening time, and temperature. At High Performance Systems, we are well aware of all of these aspects and we always adhere to the

manufacturer-provided datasheets, and application procedures

making long-term wear all the more likely.


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