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The Benefits of Thin Mil Epoxy Floors

For commercial and industrial applications, you want your flooring to be both durable and safe. Premium flooring materials can be very expensive and impractical for anything other than residential use. If you are in need of flooring that will provide slip-resistance and protection from harsh materials while also being a possible economical solution, consider thin mil epoxy floors from Sundek Products.

Thin Mil Epoxy Floors by Sundek Products

Thin Mil Epoxy Floors
by Sundek Products

Why Choose Thin Mil Epoxy Floors?

When it comes time to install new flooring, you have many different options, so you need to take the time to carefully consider your needs. Thin mil epoxy floors from Sundek are a great choice if you need durable and nonslip flooring in a commercial or industrial building. Epoxy floors can be used in a wide variety of applications, ranging from warehouse areas and automotive repair facilities to light manufacturing and food preparation areas. The SunEpoxy system is installed using a brush or roller, and it produces a seamless, monolithic appearance. Depending on specifications, and also to enhance the slip resistance and appearance, your contractor can add a second coat after the first coat dries.

In addition to being highly versatile, epoxy floors from Sundek are also very straight forward to install. The SunEpoxy system is low odor and made with low volatile organics (VOCs). You can customize your epoxy floors for maximum slip resistance in wet areas by adding a textured admixture to the mix.  Perfect for laboratories and offices. Epoxy floors can withstand a wide range of elements, including fats, oils, water, chemicals, and more. You also have the option to add SunChips or SunFlek to your epoxy floors for a customized color and pattern.

The SunChips line of multicolored vinyl acrylic paint chips is a great way to customize your thin mil epoxy floors. This color flake floor system features paint chips ranging from 1/8 inch to 3/4 inch in size, and they come in various shades of cream, tan, brown, red, gray, and even blue. The SunFlek flooring system offers 14 quartz blends in shades of blue, black, brown, tan, and green. If you choose either of these color flake floor systems to use in combination with your thin mil epoxy floors, your system will be finished with a commercial grade top coating, which is a sealant to ensure wear resistance.

Commercial areas require heavy-duty flooring that can withstand heavy foot traffic as well as exposure to harsh materials – you also want to make sure that they are safe for your employees and customers. For a bullet proof flooring option that meets all of these needs while still ensuring versatility and options for customization, consider thin mil epoxy floors from Sundek Products.

 


Epoxy Coatings vs. Polyurethane for Garage Floors

Epoxy Coatings

Both polyurethane and epoxy coatings are recommended by contractors for garage floors. Both of these coatings are available from Sundek and can protect the floor from damage, oils, chemicals, wear, and stains. Each is easy to clean, long-lasting, and reflects light, making it hard to choose between them. In many cases, clients turn to their contractors for advice when making a decision, the best way to get a great garage floor is by combining these two products.  Take a look at the differences between them and benefits of each.      


System Series: All About Epoxy Floors!

Garage Floor Slippery

In our last blog we looked at the Sundek SunCanvas (known in the decorative flooring industry as a micro-topping). Lets take a deeper look at another great set of interior flooring options – Epoxy Coatings!

The Early Days….

Did you know? Epoxy coatings were some of the first materials used for interior concrete floor use?

Yes, that’s right! Most of the initial trial and error for epoxy coating systems came from applications on warehouse floors and other commercial spaces starting way back in the late 1940s and 1950s!

 

These floors were vEpoxy Floor Sampleery plain looking with added safety stripes and warnings markers being the only “decorative”elements. Most of these epoxy floor applications were restricted to large manufacturing facilities that needed a clean, dust free environment that also gave off a high gloss for better light refraction. The end results were to ultimately create an improved work environment, safety and improved production.

Jumping forward a few decades…

During the 1960’s 70’s and 80’s, the industry saw an explosion of new materials come onto the commercial flooring market as well as many improvements in the chemistry and performance of the epoxies. We saw the use of urethanes, acrylics and, more recently, the appearance of the polyaspartics. These materials have been around a long time but were restricted to use in large commercial areas or applications such as warehouse floors, assembly lines and light manufacturing. They were never thought of as anything decorative to say the least. My how times change!!!

 

Today….Epoxy use constrained only by the designer’s imagination and contractor’s capabilities!

Today, we see the use of various color combinations, color metallic, colored mineral aggregates, and vinyl chips which can be designed with amazing patterns and graphics!

It is incredible!!! That ugly yet practical warehouse floor just got cool and sexy!! Metallic photo

Now the question is which material or system do I chose for my floor. This goes back the series of questions we have to ask our-selves anytime we are planning a decorative concrete floor.

 

  • How is the floor going to be used – night club dance floor, dining area, auto mechanic’s floor, industrial plant?
  • What are the owners expectations i.e. budget-looks-maintenance
  • Application Conditions –includes installer experience.
  • What kind of shape is the substrate – wood – concrete – another material existing?

The actual material we select will come from using the criteria above. Let’s take a closer look at the top two system types:

EPOXY COATINGS: These materials are very tenuous when it comes to bonding to the surface prepared concrete and make great bond coats for other materials as final top coats.

Pros                                           Cons

  • Bondability                          •  Reactive to UV rays and can amber
  • Versatile applications      •  Scratch easily
  • Good price point                •  Breathability

POLYASPARTICS:  This high tech material that can be used in about any situation and cold weather conditions.

Pros

  • Durable – great for high traffic areas and mechanic’s shops
  • Very fast cure times allowing area to be returned to use in short time

Cons

  • Not real user friendly to install
  • Can be expensive for buyer

URETHANES:  great material for final top coats and provide a lot of gloss.

Pros                                         Cons

  • Scratch resistant              • Can get a little pricey
  • Some slip resistance       • Non-Breathable
  • UV resistant                     • Difficult to strip if needed
  • Very durable

ACRYLICS: another great material for top coating that is very user friendly and a versatile material.

Pros                                  Cons

  • Breathable                  • Not as durable as the others
  • Cost effective              • Requires reapplication under moderate to heavy use
  • UV resistant
  • Strippable

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The Bottom Line: All of these epoxy & polyaspartic materials can be used in a decorative floor situation combining color techniques, patterns, even some textures – depending on our material selection process discussed earlier. The decorative concrete market today is becoming more and more specialized so be careful when selecting your decorative concrete contractor. Just because he or she is great at doing stamped concrete doesn’t mean he is going to do a great job on your metallic finish for your kitchen floor. I always recommend that you look at a few jobs they have done with the products you are considering.

My next blog will get into the details regarding some of the most popular interior epoxy floors on the market today.

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