Preparation is the Key!

 

All too often, we encounter floors where a quality floor coating has been well applied but failed simply because the concrete was no prepared before preparation. The above, taken at JD Seasonings in Wigan, shows an instance where a resin coating was applied onto power-floated concrete which was not abraded.

We removed the coating and mechanically abraded the substrate before applying two new coats of epoxy resin (viewed in the above image). The result is now a coated floor which will give years of high-performance without de-bonding or breaking up.

 

Old and rough garage floor given new lease of life.

A garage in Ramsbottom had a large section of their servicing which was bad worn and in need on a complete replenishment. This required a four-stage process to transform the floor into a smooth, clean working environment. The four-stage process is outlined below:-

Old, worn floor which is badly pitted. Concrete mechanically ground and primed with holes filled.
Polymer sub-screed applied. Sub-screed sealed with clear epoxy resin.
Two coats of coloured High-build Epoxy Resin applied.

Why have resin applied to a domestic garage floor?

Epoxy resin is primarily a functional material, providing durability and chemical resistance. Most commercial vehicle maintenance sites opt to have a concrete floor but why is there an increasing demand resin flooring ind domestic garages? There is no single answer to this question but there are some specific reasons for this.

Certainly, a lot of car enthusiasts like to have a clean,
attractive environment, particularly if they have a
classic or top-end vehicle. A typical choice for this
kind of environment is a 2-3mm self-smoothing epoxy
resin rather than a coating finish because of the
showroom like appearance, as in the image to the right –

Another reason is that garages are increasingly being used for purposes other than storing cars or gardening tools. Garages are increasingly being used to site exercise machines and a dull, concrete floor naturally is not the most desirable surface on which to exercise. Related to this is that with modern houses, especially those most recently built, the standard of concrete applied in domestic garages is increasingly poor and hence liable to dust easily. A resin coating can make all the difference, once the surface laitance is ground down.

Whatever the reason for choosing, whether an epoxy coating or a 2-3mm self-smoothing epoxy system, a resin finish can transform a domestic garage from a dusty storage area into a practical extra room in a house.

Why have a concrete floor coated with Epoxy Resin?

There are many practical reasons for having resin floors installed, the importance of each varying from client to client. Ease of cleaning may be the priority in a food-related environment but in an oily workshop, slip-resistance is likely to be a greater consideration. A warehouse may little need for chemical resistance and be focused on durability whereas as a laboratory floor will have the opposite priorities.

One thing can be said to be common to all the above scenarios; a fresh resin floor coating can transform the appearance of a working environment, creating a better impression for clients and a more pleasant place for staff to operate in.

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After