Your industrial floor is a huge investment. Epoxy floor coatings can make a considerable difference in concrete floor maintenance costs and aesthetics.
Epoxy Floor Coatings:
- ♦ Superior adhesion to concrete
- ♦ Many color choices available
- ♦ Waterproof
- ♦ Durable
- ♦ Easy to clean
- ♦ Aggregates added to the coating can make the floor non-slip
- ♦ Urethane topcoats can make the floor scuff resistant
- ♦ Vinyl ester topcoats can make the floor chemical resistant
- ♦ Respirable (breathable) coatings allow the concrete slab moisture to move to the surface without affecting adhesion
When the nature of your business requires a re-enforced chemical resistant containment system or an aesthetically pleasing concrete floor coating system, Blackwell's Inc. will be glad to provide specifications and a quote for an epoxy coated floor. It's what we do. Our extensive concrete repair and epoxy floor coating experience and attention to time lines, can work to make your next "down" smoother.
Blackwell's maintains a corrosion technician on staff. We are pleased to be a member of I.C.R.I. (International Concrete Repair Institute) which keeps us well-informed of the latest technologies and sciences on repair and restoration of concrete.
We are located south-west of Atlanta, GA and service Alabama, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.
Epoxy Floor Systems
Epoxy floor coatings are versatile, durable, and offer great adhesion.
Epoxy floor coatings come in many different colors and are available in a variety of blends, with solvent free 100% solids being the most popular. We utilize Novalac epoxy when an area calls for high chemical resistance. Epoxies offer superb adhesion and are sometimes used as a primer.
Epoxy floor coating products are two-component, comprised of a resin and a hardener.These are typically installed at approximately 8 to 35 mils thickness and thicker if aggregate-filled.
With the addition of aggregate, an epoxy floor coating can have a non-slip surface and can be top-coated with urethane for a more scuff resistant finish.
Concrete is one of the most durable man-made building materials used around the world but they are not immune to damage by impact, abrasion, harsh chemicals, and thermal shock. Many warehouses utilize forklifts and other heavy equipment that cause damage to concrete surfaces. Old industrial facility concrete floors take on a new look when coated with epoxy as evident in the photos below.
It’s almost a given that concrete floors are covered in dust. Besides dust, neglected industrial concrete floors are often covered with debris, holes, and peeling stripes. Before any coating is applied, all that has to be cleaned and repaired first. Once all repairs are made, the floor is mechanically profiled to give it a roughened surface for the coating and the floor to mechanically bond. This is usually accomplished by shotblasting or scarifying the floor. Finally, the floor is thoroughly cleaned again before priming and coating.
Because industrial floors receive all kinds of abuse, a thorough understanding of the many different types of coatings is an absolute must for the floor coating to survive the abuse.
Chemical Resistant Floor Coatings
Whether the nature of your business requires a reinforced chemical resistant containment system or an aesthetically pleasing concrete flooring system, epoxy and urethane floor coatings meet the requirements. Blackwell's Inc. offers a variety of chemical resistant concrete floor coatings. Epoxy or vinyl ester coating can provide resistance to most aggressive substances.
It is very important that all materials, whether corrosive or abrasive, that may be in contact with the floors in question be divulged before any work can begin. Once we have all of the parameters, we will gladly suggest a concrete floor coating recommendation suitable for your particular industrial environment.
Decorative Quartz Flooring
Beautiful and durable, quartz floors (epoxy floor coatings containing quartz) are popular in office settings, kitchen areas or wherever you want to "show off" the shine.
The typical quartz floor is built on the integrity of the quartz granule. A thick binder coat of epoxy is installed and while still wet, filled to excess with quartz. Once dry, all excess is swept away and a second coat of epoxy and quartz is applied followed by a grout coat of clear epoxy. Then a clear chemical resistant topping, either Novolac epoxy or a chemical resistant urethane, is applied. The final system will range in thickness of 1/16" to 1/8".
Breathable Epoxy Systems
Concrete is a porous material and can behave like a dense sponge. It not only absorbs water from the surface but it can absorb water from the ground. Moisture in or below a concrete slab allows the concrete to move moisture through the concrete in a process called moisture vapor transmission. This can cause floor coating adhesion problems and coating failure. A moisture barrier below the concrete before it is poured can help prevent this problem.
Moisture vapor transmission problems after concrete is poured requires a respirable (breathable) epoxy floor coating that allows the concrete to breath and allows the moisture to move to the surface without affecting the adhesion of the coating.
Urethane Floor Systems
Hygienic facilities found in hospitals, laboratories, electronic manufacturing, and the pharmaceutical industry, require a very high standard of seamless flooring. Urethane is ideal for these "clean room" facilities. Urethane systems are very durable and can be colored with ease. It is typically of a high gloss appearance and is striking in appearance. The urethane coated epoxy floor in this pharmaceutical clean room in the picture on the right, is not only easy to clean, but offers outstanding resistance to abrasion and corrosion.