Epoxy coatings for concrete floors are popular in industrial, commercial, and, lately, even residential applications because they are tough, wear resistant, and available in a wide array of designs. Epoxy flooring has actually become a very widespread option for both interior and exterior residential home improvement.
Epoxy coating is not just for garage and basement floors, it has been used in other project areas because of its benefits: versatility, durability, and its great ability to hold up under weight and traffic - human as well as vehicular - plus resistance to stains, moisture, and cleaning chemicals.
Today’s consumers are very excited about epoxy flooring for residential applications. Benefits of flooring range from durability to chemical resistance, which makes it ideal for use in garages. It has a long-lasting shiny and sleek look but is slip-resistant, making it ideal for homes with children and pets.
Terrazzo floors go back as far as the mosaics of ancient Greece and Roma. Terrazzo is a composite made up of a combination of cementitious binder and a usually white material, mixed with granite, marble, quartz, glass, or other decorative small materials hand polished with a long-handled tool called a galera to a high level of shine.
Based on an 18th century formula from Venice, it was first introduced in the United States in the late 1890s but did not achieve recognition until the 1920s, when it became the most popular hard surface for commercial properties, including retail stores and hotels, and eventually for homes as well.
Terrazzo was used in many spaces, particularly when a deluxe “look” was important. Retail and hospitality venues as well as entertainment spaces in top-of-the-line homes, were finished with terrazzo. but unfortunately, it was a VERY heavy material, poured into metal-lined shapes, right on top of the subfloor. It hit its end point just before the 1929 Depression and was actually used in major retail stores, banks, and hotels as well as many new homes in Florida.
Although it had some of the same positive features as Epoxy coating – resistant to wear and general appearance - it fell out of fashion due to its high expense, a very bad habit of cracking, and the fact that it was almost impossible to patch. After 1929, virtually all floors – commercial, industrial, and residential back to wood flooring.
Whether your home has brand new concrete floors or you own an older home with damaged or stained concrete floors in the basement, garage, or other rooms, this is a flooring solution that is both attractive and cost effective, especially because of the wide variety of colors and styles that will fit any interior design plan.
Durable and seamlessly bonding to most surfaces, these quality and upscale flooring options are elegant and easy to clean as well as aesthetically pleasing. Because they are also environmentally friendly and simple to maintain, they are increasingly become a sound choice for residential homes.
Uncoated concrete floors can crack and weaken overtime, unless protected. Concrete is also porous and prone to staining and have joints and irregularities that can cause hygiene problems, while epoxy flooring offers superior protection for slabs.
Epoxy flooring is waterproof and will prevent water from seeping down into your substrate or subfloors. It also protects your floors from mold and bacteria growth because they have a smooth, nonporous surface with no cracks or chinks into which bacteria or mold can settle and grow.
Epoxy flooring is also resistant to stains and chemical spills, including gas, oil, and solvents. They are durable in salty climates or areas where the roads are salted in the winter. That makes them perfect for garages and areas where salt and water drain off boots or car tires.
Philadelphia Epoxy Flooring has the expertise to handle the care and precise mixing that can be damaged by those without experience working with this type of resin, which may result in wasted money and time. Our experienced epoxy installers understand the mixture, texture, and thickness required for your climate and usage.
The thorough installation process only takes three days. This includes preparing the concrete floor to be coated, priming, and applying the epoxy and curing. There are no lingering odors to be dealt with after the complete installation and curing period
One of the best things about epoxy floors is that they are easy to maintain. They are already highly durable so simply removing any visible stains and dirt helps maintain its good condition Because the floor is already coated with epoxy, the methods of cleaning are fairly simple.
While epoxy, like any floor, requires maintenance, there is a process you should stick with to ensure the longevity of the product
A vacuum can be used on your epoxy floor any time there is dirt or dust on the floor that needs to be collected.
To get loose dirt and dust off the floor surface, use a hand broom with soft bristle brush attachments or soft bristle brush attachments on power scrubbers. Do not use aggressive nylon pads or stiff bristle brushes. Over time, they may scratch and dull the epoxy-flooring surface.
Regularly mopping of the floor with warm water and the occasional use of cleaning products are simple ways of maintaining them. However, be advised that you need to ALWAYS use clean water, clean mops, brushes, and pails. Rinse your mop often. Use ONLY a non-oily shop mop in garages.
This will help you avoid spreading dirt across the floor. Also, you should occasionally use a degreaser when cleaning your floor. CHECK THE LABEL to make sure it will not harm the smooth surface. Do not allow cleaners or disinfectants to dry on the surface, they will build up and cause dullness.
Rinsing is especially important when using a degreaser. A cold-water degreaser is best FOLLOW ALL DIRECTIONS recommended on the product label. Use a generous amount of degreaser with a soft bristle brush, let the degreaser remain for a time - as the label directs before rinsing. If the dirt load is heavy, repeat the process and make sure the final rinse is VERY thorough.
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