Epoxy Floor Paint to Protect Homeowner’s Concrete

June 16, 2009

Coating a concrete floor is often a good practice to keep the floor clean and durable. Keeping the floor crack free and protecting the concrete from other damages is often sought out by garage owners and other people who have concrete flooring. Epoxy floor paint is a very durable and useful substance used to protect concrete floors and come in 3 main variations for use on your concrete floor areas. These epoxy floor paints also help to keep stains from oils, scuffs and other types of damages from occurring and preserves the beauty and luster of the floor for many years to come with easy maintenance.

The first kind of epoxy is high grade and somewhat expensive depending on the application. It is made up of 100 percent epoxy solids that cure and dry quite quickly. Since these types of epoxies are very quick to dry, to best prevent mistakes a professional epoxy coating service may be considered for optimal results. They dry so quickly because they lack solvents to evaporate to cause the hardening process. These can come in a variety of colors and can be used to protect any concrete floor.

Solvent based epoxies will contain about a 40 to 60 percent content of epoxy solids and must be mixed and applied in a special way. These take time to dry and will penetrate and adhere to the concrete very well for a nice and even coat.

Solvent based epoxies can be dangerous as the solvents will begin to evaporate during the application process. These can be harmful to your health and cause severe complications when you do not wear the required respirator filters that are securely attached to your face and used during the entire application process.

Water based epoxies will also have a 40 to 60 percent content of epoxy solids but use a system that requires you to mix the parts together a certain way and in partiuclar amounts. This can be confusing if you are not going to cover a large area and have a large amount of floor paint ingredients. These carry less of a risk of health damage due to hazardous fumes because there are little produced. These epoxy coatings are usually available widely in many stores but are usually limited to a few colors. The most common colors are grays whites and tans and could be customized with special mix in colors and paint chips.

Article written by Frank Sulliman


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