Epoxy Floors FAQ

Epoxy Floors FAQ

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Why do I need an epoxy sealer on my garage floor?

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Unprotected concrete floors will wear, be stained by oils, fluids, and be damaged by the corrosive effects of snow and ice-melting chemicals such as rock salt. Epoxy floor coating systems protect concrete from wear because it is actually harder and more durable than the concrete itself. Epoxy Floors provide a hard durable finish that is so dense that oils and fluids cannot penetrate its surface to soak in and cause staining.

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What is Epoxy and why is it better than other floor sealing products?

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Epoxy is a two-component product that when mixed together forms a high performance 100% solids epoxy floor sealer. Epoxy is superior to paints and other coatings because epoxies form a harder, denser, more durable film than paints.

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What do 100% solids mean, anyway?

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100% solids epoxy refers to the volume and the total percentage of solids in your coating. Epoxy is not diluted with water or a solvent base, it is 100% solids. This gives you a very durable coating, because unlike a water base product, here there is no product shrinkage. You are getting the best in terms of adhesion and durability with the Epoxy Flooring system.

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Why should I apply Epoxy?

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Epoxy is a two-component product that when mixed together forms a 100% solids epoxy floor sealer, which is more durable and longer lasting than a water-based or solvent-based epoxy. Epoxy is chemically resistant, easy to maintain, and an extremely durable coating for any application.

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How does Epoxy work?

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Epoxy has two components, when mixed together they start a chemical reaction (polymerization) changing the liquid mixture into the hard, durable, dense, chemically-resistant epoxy film that remains.

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Does Epoxy give off any harmful vapors or odors and is it safe for indoor use?

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Our Epoxy Flooring System has virtually no V.O.C.s (Volatile Organic Compounds) or other harmful odors. It is very safe to use in any indoor application such as garages, wine cellars, laundry rooms, etc.

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Can you fix cracks and holes in the concrete surface with Epoxy?

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Our product is self-levelling however we always fill major cracks and holes with an epoxy resin paste which makes it the most durable patching system available for concrete.

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Can I put Epoxy over pre-existing paints or other coatings?

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Epoxy is not recommended for application over existing coatings because the existing coating will inhibit bonding of the Epoxy coating to the concrete floor. We strip and clean any existing coatings using state the art grinders.

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Does temperature affect the application of Epoxy?

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Yes, extreme heat or cold can affect Epoxy during application. Epoxy's polymeric chemical reaction will be accelerated by temperatures above 29°C, causing the curing process to speed up and making the Epoxy coating tacky and difficult to apply. Temperatures below 13°C will cause the reaction to slow down, thereby increasing the cure time.

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Can you apply a non-slip finish to Epoxy Floors?

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Yes, we can apply an optional non-slip finish to Epoxy Floors; this is usually applied only to floors that see a lot of water due to rain. It will make the floor surface rough and will be rougher on mops and squeegees during cleanup however will produce an extremely high non-slip finish.

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Will Epoxy Floors scratch?

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Yes, Epoxy can be scratched if extremely heavy objects are dragged across its surface, however, under normal conditions Epoxy should not scratch.

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What will hot tires do to Epoxy?

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Tires heated from normal driving will not affect the Epoxy Flooring.

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Do I have to recoat with Epoxy Floor every year?

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No, our Epoxy Floors are hard durable surface that will last for many years under normal circumstances.

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What will sunlight do to Epoxy Floors?

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Ultraviolet radiation (a component of sunlight) will cause most paints and coatings to blush or fade however we apply a UV (ultraviolet) protector to all Epoxy Floors that reduces the damaging effects of sunlight to the finish.