Commercial epoxy flooring has become very popular recently, as it has many benefits and can be installed in a variety of spaces. However, unlike other flooring options, epoxy flooring should only be installed by a resinous flooring expert, especially inside commercial spaces.
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.
Poor Surface Preparation
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.
If you are coating epoxy onto an old surface, whether it be in a warehouse or in a retail location, it is vital that the flooring surface is properly prepared before an epoxy coating is installed. The floor must be clean, dry, dust-free, and the substrate needs to be ground or shot-blasted during this process, or the epoxy won’t hold.
Additionally, lumps or debris 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 prepares the surface prior to 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 a resinous flooring expert can properly prepare your surface for installation.
In order for your epoxy flooring to work properly, you must first apply a suitable primer to your commercial floor. The primer makes it possible for the epoxy to adhere to the concrete substrate, and it also fills in any pores that may be present in the concrete.
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 delaminate quickly. The primer phase of the project is vital to allow a low viscosity resin to saturate the substrate, and it should always be done prior to applying the epoxy.
The Substrate Is Too Weak To Hold The Epoxy
Another common problem, and something that an ordinary person may not know, is that epoxy flooring needs to be installed onto a strong substrate.
Substrate is the technical term for the original concrete flooring that is inside your facility. If the substrate is weak, or if the epoxy flooring is stronger than it, the cement floor will crack under the weight of the epoxy.
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 will properly hold the epoxy floor.
Having a substrate that is compatible with the epoxy that you are trying to install is vital to the lifespan of the flooring system. 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 compatible in terms of adhesion and tensile strength.
It is very important that the substrate and the epoxy are compatible in both categories, or the flooring system will fail.
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. This would not work and would result in the epoxy floor becoming cracked or broken.
It is also important to make sure that the substrate has not been contaminated by oils or chemicals, which can lead to deterioration, and an epoxy coating would not be able to adhere to this type of surface.
Only a resinous flooring expert would be able to evaluate whether or not your concrete substrate would be compatible with an epoxy coating.
Bubbles and Pinholes
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 apply a bonding coat to the flooring system.
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 successful.
Always Hire An Expert
The examples listed above are just a few of the reasons why it is important to hire a resinous flooring expert when installing an epoxy floor inside your commercial facility. This is vital and will always pay off in the long run, because your flooring system will last much longer if you hire a professional, rather than if you attempt to install the floor yourself.
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, making peeling, delamination, and system failure very rare.