Be it a residential complex, an industrial area, or a car showroom, epoxy flooring is a favored choice of all. The primary reason being durability and its adaptability with any type of flooring surface. And all this is possible because of the secret ingredient epoxy resins.
The epoxy coating works perfectly well as a protective layer, waterproof layer, and floor coatings because of the epoxy resins. It can be easily mixed with different materials to improve its performance.
If you are still wondering whether it is worth investing in epoxy resin in Auckland NZ or not, let’s help you out some essential and critical facts of this durable material – you will also realize why epoxy flooring is so widely used.
Essential Facts of Epoxy Resins
Strength and durability
Epoxy consists of majorly two parts – a ‘base’ and a ‘curing’ agent. When these two are mixed in a specific ratio, there’s a chemical reaction that generates heat (exotherm) and hardens the blend into a passive, hard ‘plastic.’
This is also a reason behind the epoxy coating’s extraordinary chemical resistance, toughness, low porosity, and robust bond strength.
Application of epoxy
After the two parts of epoxy are combined, there is a working time during which it can be applied. Post this working time, also known as pot life, which last from a few minutes to an hour, the mixture becomes very hot and quickly starts hardening. Most epoxies are reasonably hard within a day or two, but sometimes, it may require extra time to harden. So, then you need to wait for sanding the coating, till it becomes tough.
The ideal time to apply a recoat is within 48 hours after the initial coating of epoxy because it takes days to reach its full cure. So, when a second coat is applied shortly after the first coat, it partially fuses to the first coat.
Typically, at temperatures below 50°For 60°F, epoxies become too thick and take time to cure, thus posing a problem during application. Temperatures in the range of 60°F to low 80°F, is the best. Once the epoxy gets cured, it can handle extreme temperatures, including anything below 0°F too. However, it again starts softening when the temperature reaches about 140°F, which will reharden if the temperature is reduced. 140°F is the highest approximate temperature for conventional epoxies, but there are special epoxies that can bear temperature higher than 140°F too.
Because epoxy can withstand high temperature and contains certain pigments, which expand quickly whenever exposed to heat, epoxy floors can resist fire. Due to the expansion, a barrier of protection forms that generally lasts until the fire is put out.