What is Epoxy Flooring?
Last Updated Jan 20, 2012 · Written by Jaclyn Fitzgerald
Have you always wanted a floor that’s strong, durable, easy to maintain, and that looks fantastic? Epoxy floors may be just the solution for you! There's a good chance that you’ve never heard of an epoxy floor before so we’ve put together everything that you need to know. For more information or advice, have a chat with your local floor coatings specialist.
Definition of Epoxy Flooring
Epoxy flooring may not be something that you’ve heard of before but in its simplest definition, it is a flooring surface that is made up of multiple layers of epoxy that is applied to the floor to a depth of at least two millimetres. The difference between an epoxy floor and an epoxy floor coating lies in the depth of the epoxy. As stated, an epoxy floor must be at least two millimetres thick. Any epoxy floor that is less than two millimetres thick is best referred to as an epoxy floor coating.
You might also be wondering exactly what epoxy is. Epoxy in this case refers to a system that is made up of two main components – resins and hardeners. The resin and hardener is mixed together where they chemically react to form a rigid plastic material that is strong, resistant to degradation and that bonds extremely well to its substrate. Epoxy floors are so strong that they can be used in even the most demanding of industrial environments.
Types of Epoxy Flooring
There are several different types of epoxy flooring that you can choose from. These include:
- Self dispersing epoxy floors – this is a very strong floor and thus is used in areas of high traffic and heavy use.
- Self dispersing epoxy floors with quartz sand – same as a self dispersing epoxy floor but with excellent anti slip properties.
- Self levelling epoxy floors – these floors are easy to clean and look after and they are very popular for use in kitchens, dining rooms, and so on.
- Mortar epoxy floors – this is the strongest of all epoxy floors available. They are also good for repairing cracks before laying another type of epoxy floor.
- Gravelled epoxy floors – this the most decorative of all epoxy floors but it is also the most complicated floor to lay. These floors have good anti slip qualities.
- Epoxy terrazzo floors – these are also very decorative epoxy floors and they are mainly used in large spaces.
- Epoxy antistatic floors – these are used in sensitive areas where there should be no static present in the environment at all.
- Epoxy flaked floors – these floors are epoxy based but they actually have coloured chips or flakes laid within the floors for decoration. The flakes also provide a slightly rough surface that provides good anti slip qualities. The flakes come in different colours and can be mixed in the combination of your choice.