Epoxy floor coating is formed from two different chemicals. These are referred to as the “resin” and the “hardener”. When these compounds are mixed together, the amine groups react with the epoxide groups to form a covalent bond. The resulting polymer is heavily cross-linked and is thus rigid and strong. The process of polymerisation is called “curing” and can be controlled through temperature and choice of resin and hardener compounds. Curing process can take from minutes to hours. That is what epoxy is, in technical terms but in life this is by far the most practical floor coating for all house car garages and car workshops. Why? Because epoxy coatings are tough and durable when installed properly by experienced tradesmen.
Epoxy floor coatings are very popular amongst Residential and Commercial building owners. Epoxy coatings are around 10 times thicker than regular concrete sealer.
Epoxy coatings are durable, reflect natural and artificial light and can be tinted to pretty much any colour to suit your decor.
The main reasons to choose epoxy flooring over traditional concrete sealers are: durabililty, the ease of maintenance, chemical resistance, dust proofing, hygiene, moisture blocking and appearance.
In many warehouses, quality control depends on strict standards of cleanliness. Concrete dust can make meeting these standards almost impossible. Concrete dust is considered to be very harmful to health. Your existing floors can be repaired and then coated using premium industrial grade 2 pack epoxy floor coatings to dust and oil proof the floor, making any cleanup a breathe.
Let’s look at all pros of epoxy floor coatings in more details.
Compared to standard unsealed concrete floors, epoxy floor coatings look appealing, solid and professional. The smooth and glossy surface is very easy to sweep up and to keep clean. There are not many products that can stick to epoxy floors therefore keeping them clean will not take a lot of effort.
The cost per square metre, compared to other types of flooring, is tough to beat.
Epoxy Chemical Resistance
Epoxies are highly resistant to just about everything – oil, petrol, weak acids, cleansers and many other products. This is one the main reasons epoxy floor coatings are widely used in most Australian car dealerships, mechanical and engineering workshops, garages, in shopping centres, car parks and in residential basements. Besides withstanding accidental chemical spills, epoxy floor coatings are also resistant to heat and water.
Epoxies are also resistant to bacteria growth, which makes them very popular in coffee shops, restaurant kitchens and food handling areas. Epoxies are very easy to sanitise which also makes them a preferred flooring solution for clinics and hospitals.
One of the most known factors about epoxy floors is that they have a longer lifespan than many other conventional floor coating types. They dry to a tougher film surface than conventional floor sealers.
Epoxies protect concrete floors from dust, moisture, stains, grease and minor cracking.
When installed properly, epoxies may last for several decades without cracking or peeling. They do wear out overtime under constant vehicular and pedestrian traffic, so they may need to be re-applied every now and then.
Epoxies offer a number of finishes, from plain coloured floors to decorative artistic finishes, where your imagination is the limit. These coatings can also be arranged into traditional or personalised patterns and designs.
One of the less known advantages offered by light coloured epoxy floors is that they enhance visibility inside garages/workshops by reflecting light off the floor.
Epoxies we use can be tinted to any colour of your choice. All industrial standard colours from AS2700 can be found by clicking the button below.
The price of epoxy floor coating in Melbourne usually includes floor preparation and epoxy coating application. Total cost depends on the condition of your floor, the size of your job and the material you would like us to use. We prefer to use two pack materials as they generally offer better adhesion, thicker film build and longer life span.
All work can be broken down into 2 areas: floor prep and product application.
1. Floor Prep.
Our preferred floor preparation method is diamond grinding. This method allows us to remove concrete laitance and minor scratches from your concrete floor. It also opens up concrete pores and allows thicker floor coatings to soak into floor ensuring excellent bond is achieved. New concrete floors must also be lightly ground to achieve the same result. If floor prep is skipped the only thing is for certain is floor coating de-lamination. Please allow around $22 p/m2 for floor prep.
Is there much dust?
No, but when done unprofessionally the dust (crystalline silica) may lead to irrevertible lung deceases. All our tradesmen are trained to prep floors without exposing themselves or your family members to dangerous silica dust. We utilise dust extraction equipment that is designed to extract asbestos dust.
2. Product Application.
If you are considering to seal your double car garage floor with a solid grey colour then allow $30 p/m2 for 2 coats of roll on epoxy. This price reduces for much larger areas.
Is there much smell?
We install solvent based, solvent free and water based epoxies and we make sure that you are not effected.
To professionally prepare the floor and to apply 2 coats of roll on 2 pack epoxy to a standard double garage floor is $2,045 + gst or $2,250 incl gst.
We offer free site visits during normal business hours to assist you to choose the right finish and colour. .
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