Epoxy has been increasing in popularity as one of the best flooring solution for commercial and industrial floors. There are various epoxy flooring options you can use on floors of your establishment or facility. Each flooring system has distinct functions separating one from the other.
100% Solid Epoxy Floors
The most durable amongst all epoxy materials for a flooring system, this material can make floors last for up to 20 years. This flooring system will remain in top shape even when subjected to high volumes of foot traffic just like in commercial establishments (malls, retail stores, office buildings).
This flooring system is also able to withstand hot tire marks (commercial garages and parking spaces), chemical spills and abrasions (warehouses, industrial facilities, factories).
Solvent-based Epoxy Floors
Solvent used to be the most used carrier agent for epoxy coatings. It is easier to apply because it works even in higher humidity and cooler temperatures. Solvent based products though have high volatile organic compound (VOC) content.
Solvent-based epoxy coatings need to have low VOC content to allow its use in many states. This type of epoxy flooring has great performance and durability. It also has high tolerance for petroleum contaminates making it ideal for parking structures, machine shops and commercial garages. This flooring option also comes with a glossier finish.
Industry consumers however are geared toward using environment-friendly options. The government has also issued tougher regulations on the use of solvent-based products. This resulted in installers not using solvent-based epoxy coatings.
Water-based Epoxy Floors
With the limited availability and use of solvent-based epoxy coatings, there has been an increase in the use of water-based epoxies. This material has lower to zero VOCs and is commonly used in states with stringer solvent-based product restrictions
Water-based epoxies however have not yet produced the required durability and chemical resistant properties similar to 100% Solid epoxies needed for many industrial and commercial applications.
This epoxy flooring option can be used for light to moderate spaces since it can also provide the concrete surface with a glossy and smooth finish which are resistant against abrasion, stains and chemical reactions.