If you have a high-traffic area in your home or business, you may want to consider installing epoxy flooring. Epoxy is the perfect solution for areas that see a lot of traffic, because of its long-lasting durability, slip resistance, and overall aesthetic appeal.
In the last few years, we’ve installed hundreds of epoxy floors on industrial settings with forklift traffic and other heavy machinery.
This post will discuss why epoxy is an ideal choice for your heavy traffic space and why it is the flooring solution that can save your facility hundreds of thousands of dollars over the long run.
Epoxy flooring is a great choice for your high traffic area
If you have an area with heavy traffic, you will benefit from epoxy flooring. This type of flooring is ideal for high-traffic areas because it is comfortable, beautiful, and lasts a long time. To make your flooring extra safe, and keep you secure, a nonslip additive can be added to the topcoat. This gives you the right coefficient of friction to keep people from slipping when the floor gets wet. It has a great non-slip grip!
Epoxy also makes your space safer in general because this material withstands harsh wear and tear, while being resistant to scratches, stains, burns, scuffs, and scrapes.
What are the best epoxy floor coatings for high traffic areas?
Floors take a beating. From office and cafeteria floors to manufacturing and industrial floors, they are heavily used and oftentimes can begin to deteriorate and even cause accidents which can be costly. Epoxy floor coatings are ideal for a variety of commercial needs; assessing the needs of the floor is the first step to deciding which type of epoxy floor coating is best for any high traffic area.
Epoxy flooring withstands high levels of foot and heavy machinery traffic
Another reason why we choose epoxy flooring is that it’s able to withstand high levels of foot, equipment, and even vehicle traffic. This material is an excellent choice for areas that have heavy load-bearing requirements, such as warehouses or industrial facilities.
What epoxy floor coatings will work in different high traffic areas?
As we described above, epoxy coatings are great for initial primer coats and secondary coats. You can broadcast flakes, quartz or mortar into the epoxy to make it more porous. However, an epoxy top coat is not always best for scenarios in which the floor is going to receive a beating.
The good thing is that epoxy will cure with urethane if it is applied at the right time. Adding a top coat of urethane is the perfect solution for a floor of this style.
so, after we’ve handled surface preparation, epoxy primer and secondary coats, a high traffic urethane top coat is many times the best solution.
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What can you add to epoxy to make it more heavy-duty?
A successful epoxy flooring system is all about doing the prep work the right way, proper mixing and timing, and materials, but there are things that can be done to increase the durability of epoxy floors.
Sand and mortar can even be added to epoxy as well as slip-resistant materials and multiple coats can be applied. The different types of epoxy are really amazing and can usually handle any needs of a facility manager.
The epoxy coating protects against stains from spills and dirt that accumulate in your busiest areas. So, when you use epoxy, you won’t worry about dirt or spills ruining your floor’s appearance, because epoxy floors are easy to clean. Simply use a damp cloth and detergent for an effective cleaning solution!
A variety of colors are available to match your style preference ─ go bold or subtle with a color that matches your needs.
Different people have different color tastes. For this reason, the range of colors available for epoxy flooring is nearly unlimited. From light tones such as beige and white to more bold colors like orange or brown, blue, and yes, yellow safety lines work well with epoxy.
When you’re looking for a durable solution to cover up those ugly concrete slab surfaces throughout your home or business, while still maintaining an eye for design and appeal ─ then an epoxy-coated tile is an excellent answer.
Where do you install Epoxy Floor Coatings?
Why is epoxy better than vinyl flooring?
Epoxy floors are more durable than vinyl floors. The combination of epoxy and it’s additives is extremely strong when it binds to concrete.
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Epoxy coatings are great for prime coats, build coats, making repair mortars as well as broad casting into with flakes or other additives like quartz. All of these things make them a great option for high traffic areas. The differences are subtle which is why many times, we choose a urethane epoxy for these areas based upon the needs of the floor. Installing a high traffic Urethane epoxy designed to withstand traffic and give you maximum life for your epoxy floor. Not all urethanes are the same so make sure you get one that is best suited for your environment. That’s why a consultation with Paradigm Concrete Finishes can be helpful.
Whether the floor will have thousands of school kids using it every day or forklifts will be driving up and down it consistently, these coatings will sustain the test of time and anything you may throw at it.