There is a lot of preparation that goes into installing a concrete floor: determining the best concrete mixture to use, creating a solid, level surface, building the forms and allowing the concrete to properly cure, etc.
Once you can finally step foot onto your new industrial concrete floor, you might believe you can stop thinking about the floor and move on to other aspects of your construction project. However, there is still one more element to pay attention to: the floor coating.
Why Apply a Floor Coating?
Concrete floor coatings are not just for show, even though they can end up looking quite beautiful. These coatings protect concrete from moisture, stains and general wear and tear.
Although concrete appears to be completely solid, it actually contains a network of tiny pores. When moisture enters these little pockets in the concrete, it can cause the concrete to expand and contract. In turn, this results in cracks within the concrete, or for chunks of the concrete to chip off from the surface in a process called spalling.
In other words, everyday exposure to moisture undermines the integrity of the concrete that you devoted so much time, energy and manpower to install. Protecting your investment with a floor coating simply makes sense. Floor coatings provide a barrier against moisture and other stains and may offer other benefits depending on the material. Although their main function is to seal the concrete and extend its life, floor coatings can also add an attractive element to the floor.
The Many Options for Epoxy Floor Coatings
Perhaps the most common floor coating for industrial concrete floors is epoxy. This durable material comes in different colors and has a smooth, shiny finish.
As with concrete, there are many different types of epoxy floor coatings to choose from, each with slightly different properties.
Then there are decorative elements to consider:
And finally, the carrying liquid used to install the epoxy coat should also be taken into account:
Other Materials Used to Protect Industrial Concrete Floors
Although epoxy is a popular substance for protecting industrial concrete floors, it is not the only option:
Now that you are aware of the wide range of different protective floor coatings available, let us choose and install the perfect one for your industrial needs.