Epoxy paint for coating concrete floors

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Eliminating low-spot floor puddles

Puddles on your floor can create both danger and maintenance aggravations. Water standing in low spots on garage, shop, and warehouse floors can often last for days, creating safety problems and cleaning issues. During the trawling of floors, some unevenness can create low spots where spilled liquids can accumulate. Low spots or depressions can be brought up to level using 100%-solids epoxy. You can easily find out how much epoxy it takes to fill a low spot by pouring water on to the spot until level. The amount of water used is the amount of liquid epoxy needed to bring it to level. To reduce the cost, always use a filler of quartz or silica sand. A simple way to do this is to pour liquid epoxy on the floor area and then throw handfuls of your aggregate into the pool until level. The aggregate will sink to the bottom, leaving a smooth surface. Be careful not to get too much aggregate near the edges as it can end up being higher than the surrounding surface. If that happens, use a grinder with a masonry wheel to blend the edges together.

Berms can also be built on an epoxy floor to contain liquid spills and make them easy to squeegee out. Often the containment of liquids to safe areas is all that is needed to avoid damage to items stored on the same floor.

An easy way to add a berm is to hot glue strips of molding onto the floor before the epoxy coating is applied. The epoxy then seals the edges of the molding to the floor creating a watertight barrier. Often just a quarter-inch of berm is all that is needed to fully contain spills.

Epoxy flooring is not only seamless but can be Class III Laboratory qualified. These mold- and mildew-resistant surfaces are easy to clean with hoses and squeegees. Bleach-resistant epoxy flooring can take strong cleaners and heavy abrasion.

Epoxy coatings have been used successfully in swimming pools, laundries, warehouses, garages, and various types of shops for decades. Epoxy floors offer the option of smooth or fine skid-resistant textured surfaces that are still easy to mop and squeegee clean.

Epoxy floors can be flooded, pressure washed, and scrubbed back into service in minutes. Mold, bacteria, and contaminants can be rinsed off. The surfaces are impervious to penetration by liquid-born contaminants. Even diesel fuel, gas, and oil will not penetrate them and can be washed or wiped up. Old technology floorings, including paint, carpeting, vinyl tile, linoleum, and wood, are subject to severe contamination and damage if flood cleansing is used. Beautiful, flood-proof epoxy-coated flooring can be used from wall to wall, often including coated vertical surfaces to help further contain liquids.

For a detailed quote of materials needed to accomplish these repairs, please visit our free cost analysis page at www.concrete-floor-coatings.com/costanalysis.aspx

For more information, contact Chris Biesanz at chris@durallmfg.com or phone 1-800-466-8910 or 952-888-1488 (24/7).

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