Any new business has concerns on how to lay out the design of their showroom, warehouse or offices. Many options for flooring will come up including carpet, tile, hardwood, laminate, linoleum, marble, concrete and other types. Anything can be done to differentiate from one business to another, but the benefits must coincide with the attractiveness. Carpet will attract dirt and dust, tile can break easy, hardwood and marble flooring is expensive and laminate can look too cheap. The base concrete floor is already there, so why not dress that up? Many new businesses are turning to an attractive, durable and low maintenance selection of epoxy flooring.
Epoxy flooring for businesses has many advantages. One is that an epoxy floor will repel water, dirt, dust, chemicals and any other type of stain that carpet will soak in. Carpet stains easily and traps dust and dirt within. Tile repels most stains and dirt, but it is very brittle and can chip easily. Hardwood floors are expensive and can be easily damaged by water. Marble is beautiful, but much more expensive than decorated concrete.
Epoxy resins are used in a number of applications for construction from floors to counter tops. It has become very popular in the past few years due to it's durability and appeal. It's very easy to apply and has virtually no maintenance.
Applying epoxy to a desired surface is fairly easy. The intended area for the application must be cleaned. The next step is to etch the concrete with chemicals designed for epoxy flooring. A base color (as in a garage floor) is applied first, as the epoxy is usually clear. This base is as easy as painting on wall paint (be sure to cut in the corners). If desired, flakes or other fillers can be added for color and style. After the base coat has dried, it is time to roll on the epoxy resins. The epoxy can be dyed different colors to match the owners desires. The entire process can be completed usually within 48 hours, with no messy carpet strands, sawdust, glue or waster material to clean up.
Epoxy floors can withstand high pressure and weight. This is ideal for warehouses, garages, industrial plants and other high traffic areas. Especially those businesses with forklifts and heavy machinery being used in the plant or factory. Depending upon the mix and style of epoxy, the durable finished product can withstand between 800-4000 psi.