Heavily trafficked floors require a special surface to help withstand the test of time. Traditional concrete is a great material, but tends to crack, scale, and create pop-outs under pressure. The epoxy flooring systems available from Swift Epoxy Flooring in Vancouver, BC are a great alternative and work well with concrete since the material can bond strongly to a properly prepared surface. This roll-on material is commonly found in commercial and industrial settings but can be a distinct choice for residential garages and basements. Extremely versatile, durable, and sustainable, epoxy flooring can create a more attractive and long-lasting surface for any well-trodden area.
The epoxy solution used to create flooring is resin-based, which makes it easy to apply and color. Before application, the resin is combined with a hardening chemical to create a reaction that turns the liquid into a rigid coating as it dries. The epoxy can be easily rolled across any surface and is often spread onto the lower wall edge to help waterproof the intersection of the two. The coating is also applied in layers to help increase durability and sustainability, at which time the addition of coloring can help achieve a more decorative look. The resulting product is more resistant to abrasion, easy to clean, and can last considerably longer than traditional flooring materials.
Swift Epoxy Flooring Vancouver offers several epoxy options to suit the various surfaces and physical demands where such a system is a practical solution. Each style has specific features that lend to the application environment. Before application, Vancouver property owners are made aware of these characteristics to ensure that they receive the best option for their particular needs.
Many residential and commercial property owners opt for epoxy flooring because their existing floor is heavily damaged or repair costs are too expensive. Self-leveling epoxy is a great solution to spread over concrete that contains cracks, chips, bumps, or notches. The material fills in all of the damage and creates a smooth surface devoid of imperfections when the proper amount is applied. The application team will note the defects in advance to help them determine how much epoxy is needed to create a flush surface.
Public restroom and gym locker room floors frequently collect water from overflows, sloppy patrons, and incorrect shower usage. Tile flooring can withstand this but winds up with damaged and stained grout over time. Applying a quartz-filled epoxy creates a solid, easy-to-clean surface with a slight texture to help prevent slippage. The material is a mixture of stained quartz grains and epoxy polymer resin, which allows for a wide variety of epoxy color options. Businesses have found that it can help bring a dull area to life and makes a great flooring alternative for busy hallways, cafeterias, or showrooms.
Many commercial and industrial facilities need flooring that is durable, moisture-resistant, and immune to stains. The composition of an epoxy mortar system meets these criteria with its mixture of graded or quartz sand and 100% solid epoxy. When dry, the flooring has high compressive strength and density, making it the perfect surface for high impact and traffic areas. Massive machinery, vehicles, and structural elements easily travel or rest upon this surface without creating any damage.
Many industrial facilities use chemicals or gases that can combust when an electrostatic charge occurs. Even with multiple established safety protocols, a company may not realize that their flooring choice can still produce an accidental ESD from something as simple as an employee shuffling their feet. An anti-static epoxy coating collects static electricity and discharges it through a grounding material. Conductive elements are combined into the epoxy composition to gather any electrical buildup with grounding strips laid in the material to help dissipate the charge. The flooring system significantly reduces ESD risk and provides employees with a safer work environment.
The most recognizable style of epoxy flooring is the flake floor option. This covering is created by adding a mixture of paint chips or colored vinyl flakes to the wet epoxy base coat until achieving the desired. The floor is then sealed with a layer of UV stable epoxy to ensure that the coloring cannot be disturbed and the surface has a smooth, yet slightly textured feel. The flakes come in a variety of sizes and colors, presenting consumers with plenty of design options. These floors are the most decorative and are common in public locations where the desire for attractive curb appeal is apparent.
Epoxy flooring does come as a DIY option, but companies like Swift Epoxy Flooring Vancouver are better equipped to complete the project. Not only do we provide an expert application of the material, but we can also advise clients on what would work and look best for their project. Our expertise in this field will help ensure that the new flooring system performs at maximum efficiency upon application.c