Philadelphia epoxy flooring is a type of concrete floor coating mostly found in garages, shops, and basements. The chemical combination of a resin and a hardener creates a rigid plastic material that bonds to concrete, is strong, and extremely resistant to every day wear and tear.
Believe it or not, there is a difference between epoxy floor and an epoxy floor coating. The main difference is the thickness, or depth, of the epoxy. Anything less than two millimeters is generally considered an epoxy coating while two millimeters or more constitutes an epoxy floor.
Epoxy floors are incredibly strong that they can be used in the toughest of environments, including heavy duty work environments or even demanding industrial spaces. This type of flooring comes in a wide variety of colors and can even include flakes or colored chips to improve tractions and create a non-slip surface for improved safety.
While installing an epoxy floor or epoxy floor coating can be a DIY project, it is important to note that there is the possibility for failure. First and foremost, poor surface preparation can lead to a lack of adhesion. It is usually recommended to grind the concrete before applying an epoxy coating.
The environment should be clean, dry, and dust free before attempting to apply a coating to concrete surface that has been property prepared through grinding or shot-blasting. For basement applications, it’s extremely important to note that epoxy does not bind well in areas with high humidity. The area must be dry and free from leaking or dripping pipes.
The foundation, or substrate, that the epoxy is being applied to should be fairly strong. In older concrete surfaces, there is the possibility of the concrete breaking away from itself after the epoxy has been applied.
Using the proper primer is a must! Substrate that hasn’t been properly prepared or primed is an easy target for poor adhesion and general coating failure.
As always, there are loads of videos, articles, and information out there if an epoxy flooring is something you’re interested in, there is even a growing trend of interior application of this type of flooring for homes due to its high durability in heavily trafficked areas.
If this is beyond your DIY ability, there are many professional companies out there who handle these types of projects. Don’t be afraid to ask for referrals or references!