While working in existing facilities, we encounter a wide range of existing concrete conditions. The worst of which are oil saturated floors and pitted concrete surfaces with exposed aggregate. Concrete in this condition is on the verge of needing to be removed and replaced. Replacing concrete requires an extensive amount of downtime and cure time. This process is very expensive in both money and time. Downtime in production costs much more than simply taking the preventative steps needed to avoid having to replace the concrete.
When and Where to use General service epoxies vs. specialty coating systems
Expanding on our previous post on “How to select a flooring system for your facility,” we will now look at how to select a specific epoxy flooring system for your facility using the same three factors: the type of facility, the budget and the current condition.
But first, what exactly is an epoxy coating?
Epoxy flooring is the most efficient way to enhance and maintain your work environment, while still providing a durable flooring system that is abrasion/impact resistant. This epoxy is also known as polymers and is made up of different materials based on the epoxy’s function. (“Polymer” come from the Greek words for many + part.) The coating’s main purpose is to protect the concrete it covers but has many other functions like line-striping and static-resistance. Our Rez-Stone epoxy coatings transform even the worst floors into a clean and safe work environment.
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Type of Facility:
From automotive companies to chemical manufacturers, epoxy floor systems can be tailored to fit almost any environment. First, you will need to determine how much traffic your floor will receive and what the area will be used for. For instance, in the automotive industry we normally install our general service epoxy flooring systems such as Rez-Stone 9220, 9334 and 9500. For off-aisles or light traffic areas, we recommend a coating system such as our Rez-Stone 9220 or 9334 systems. In aisle-ways or high traffic areas, the Rez-Stone 9500 ¼” thick trowel applied system offers great wear-ability, durability and impact resistance.
THE MOsT CRITICAL STEP OF THE INSTALLATION PROCESS
Here at Hoover Wells, we pride ourselves on how we can maintain the superior quality of our work. Besides safety, nothing is more important than the floors we work on. With over 40 years of experience in the industrial flooring industry, we offer a unique, wide range of specialized services, but none of those services can be done properly without good preparation work.
Our Rez-Stone epoxy is the best out there, but no matter which material you are going to apply, the best epoxy in the world has a hard time adhering to substrates that have not been properly prepared. Imagine painting a wall that has been covered in drywall dust. Your now dusty paint-roller would barely be able to transfer paint to the wall. The paint that does get to the wall will end up patchy and flaking off. Similarly, if you put glue onto a smooth surface, it will have a difficult time adhering. The glue needs some type of profile to adhere. Dirt, grease, oil, preexisting coatings, sealers and many other substances inhibit epoxy from adhering to the substrate.