Epoxy flooring – advantages
Epoxy floors fully comply with current legislation regarding the medical and pharmaceutical industry, also following OMS no. 261 of 6 February 2007, and simultaneously being highly endorsed at the level of the European community. These epoxy flooring systems can be applied in various fields of activity, among which:
• the medical and pharmaceutical fields (hospitals, clinics and polyclinics, medical practices, operator blocks, drugstores, pharmacies);
• manufacturing and industrial halls (vehicles and auto parts, automotive and agricultural machinery, car showroom, car wash, aeronautics, chemical processing, petrochemical industry, electronics, printing and packaging production);
• office buildings, warehouses;
• public and commercial spaces (airports, hotels and accommodation facilities, showrooms, shops, malls, specialized shopping areas, beauty salons);
• education (schools, kindergartens).
APPLYING EPOXY FLOORING
Depending on the application method, epoxy resin floors may be:
• Self-leveling floors – applied by casting, resulting in a layer of at least 2 mm;
• Coated floors – a protective 0.35-1 mm membrane (coating), which is applied with a special type of roller.
As expected, the resistance and durability of epoxy flooring systems is directly influenced by both the total thickness of the floor and the amount of epoxy resin used in the respective flooring system. Consequently, a 0.35 to 1 mm application will have a lifetime of 2-4 years, while an application whose thicknesses is greater than 2 mm will endure for 4 to 10 years.
However, the lifespan of epoxy flooring is also influenced by other external factors, such as the type of the support layer, the age and the current condition of the substrate, mechanical factors of influence, chemical factors (acids and salts that come in contact with the floor), thermal factors such as negative temperatures – all of which potentially bearing a negative impact on the epoxy flooring resistance. Under such circumstances, the application of polyurethane floors is more advisable, as they tend to have higher thermal resistance.
10 ADVANTAGES OF EPOXY FLOORING
1. They are impermeable: they completely isolate the support on which they are applied;
2. They are monolithic: they do not have joints – the development of microbial flora on the floor is almost impossible;
3. They have anti-dust properties: they reduce exposure to allergenic factors;
4. They are non-slip: their structured finish is achieved by the introduction of quartz particles;
5. They can be applied over old floors, such as sandstone or mosaic floors;
6. They are resistant to chemical agents, including iodine, acids and not only;
7. They are easy to clean and maintain;
8. They are UV resistant;
9. They are also available in antistatic/conductive versions (clean rooms, operator blocks, server rooms) and are anti-slip (ramps, production areas);
10. They are durable over time.
The most direct and immediate benefit of using epoxy resin floors is that they require very low costs for cleaning, maintenance and sanitation, thus contributing to significant savings in terms of resources.
The use of epoxy flooring also generates indirect benefits, such as eliminating the risk of contamination for equipment, tools, food and not only. Furthermore, epoxy floors become harmless to the environment, once the chemical polymerization process finishes.