Install floors that last for decades
floors can have an intrinsic service period of a decade or more, if preparation
is done well. After experiencing lifting and pealing of floor products, many
industries have reduced their expectations for shop floor life to three or four
years. This is unfortunate and unnecessary. Of course, there may be damage from
welding slag, dropped steel parts, and other hazards, but aside from
extreme impacts like these, there is no reason a properly applied epoxy floor
cannot last for years and years..
Even new floors require proper preparation before a seal coating is applied. New
concrete is dusty for the first few years as the microscopic latents are kicked
off the surface. If concrete is exposed to wear, it will eventually
deteriorate. Friction wear, erosion, and contamination all play a role. Dust,
cracks, crumbling, rough surfaces, and the inability to keep the environment
clean are symptoms of a floor that has not been protected and is moving towards
an unserviceable condition.
The secret to success in producing floors that last a decade or more is paying
attention to the preparation process. Instead of using simple raw materials like
hydrochloric acid and tri-sodium phosphate, it is better to employ cleaners that
have penetrants, rinse agents, and detergents built-in. Such specialty products
ensure that the etching and cleaning of the subfloor results in a strongly
bonded epoxy layer.
Mission-critical sites in industries such as printing, food processing, air
travel, and breweries rely on decades-old epoxy floors that are used 24 hours
per day. Especially in these cases, extra care in preparation can extend
substantially the time between having to recoat the floor. Simple repairs during
the life of the floor and can as much as double its service.
Many of us have the experience of a Formica
counter developing a lifted corner. Soon the entire lamination starts to come
off. But if a simple glue down repair is done immediately, the counter may last
for years more. Having on hand a small amount of flooring epoxy, you are able to
mix and seal damaged regions, preventing moisture and contaminants from starting
to lift your entire floor.
Often those pealing and lifted surfaces will
remove the contaminants causing the lift as the surface comes off. Just like a
zit strip. As a result, little preparation is usually needed for these repairs.
For thicker concrete, however, using a grinder to bevel the edges at a 45° angle
will allow the patching epoxy to seal the edges effectively.
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