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Considerations About Epoxy Floor Coatings in Pennsylvania

Epoxy flooring is very effective and flexible due to the inherent chemical properties of the epoxy resin. It remains one of the most sought after coating systems to meet all coating needs.

The resulting epoxy flooring is highly resistant to penetration of water, chemicals or air. Also, epoxy floor installers have the capability to deal with corrosive metal or concrete surfaces. 

1. Epoxy coatings have impressive adhesion properties.

Epoxy-based coatings have strong adhesion properties – 1.5 thousand pounds of adhesion per square inch of floor. This means a floor that can remain intact and in good condition for a long time, even through strenuous exercise.

2. Epoxy coatings are good fire retardants.

Some epoxy floors contain pigments that expand rapidly when exposed to high heat. These extensions form a thick barrier protection that will last long enough for the fire to be extinguished naturally or by a ready firefighter.

3. Water based, high solids or solvent based epoxy flooring.

Water-based epoxies are effective on many surfaces, while high-hardness formulations cover a wider range of applications and contain lower VOC levels. Solvent-based epoxies are an older technology but contain a lot of VOCs and give off a toxic odor. The latter also requires a longer curing time and a longer post-cleaning activity.

4. Epoxy floors may contain health and environmental hazards.

Bisphenol-A compounds in epoxy resins are currently recognized as a potential health hazard, and solvent-containing coatings contain high levels of VOCs that are harmful to the environment and law enforcement personnel.

5. Epoxy coatings have a weak point.

Epoxy floors rely heavily on a constant mix ratio to avoid curing problems. The applicator must follow the manufacturer's recommendations to maintain consistency of texture and viscosity. The coating is also unstable when exposed to UV light and temperature changes during the mixing, application and curing phases.