Benefits of Epoxy Flooring in Animal Facilities and Veterinarian Offices

 

Vet Epoxy Flooring

Vet Epoxy Flooring

Typically, people connect epoxy flooring to garages. While this is one option, they are also beneficial when used in animal facilities and veterinarian offices. In addition to being aesthetically pleasing to pet owners and employees, these floors offer a wide range of benefits for the animal care industry.

One reason for choosing an epoxy floor for an animal facility or veterinarian office is that the coating is resistant and impermeable to odor absorption, staining, animal waste, and the harsh cleaning products commonly used for sanitation purposes. When animals are taken to the vet or surrendered to a local shelter, most are frightened and confused. As a result, they tend to shed more and have accidents.

Advantages of Epoxy Floors

Without question, the biggest advantage of epoxy floors is the increased level of sanitation. Unlike other floors that have seams and grout lines, epoxy floors are one continuous flooring system. Concrete is a porous material; when left unprotected, fluids and waste are quickly absorbed. In comparison, epoxy is a strong sealant that prevents absorption. When properly cleaned, these floors are far more sanitary, which is essential for both humans and animals.

Another benefit of going with epoxy floors for animal facilities and veterinarian offices is longevity. Especially in busy facilities where a large number of animals are housed, concrete floors begin to deteriorate. To prevent that from happening, epoxy is applied. As a high-quality protective coating, epoxy can withstand daily abuse. Ultimately, the floors will not chip or crack due to a significant amount of foot and paw traffic.

Two additional benefits to consider are that epoxy floors offer slip-resistant properties and are more comfortable than other flooring systems. For older and sick animals, a slip or fall could cause a serious injury. To ensure the safety of animals, epoxy floors are ideal. There is also the factor of comfort. Because epoxy floors have some degree of cushion, they provide animals with a more comfortable place to sit and sleep.

Epoxy flooring is also easy to clean and maintain. For animal facilities and veterinarian offices that take in and treat animals on a daily basis, keeping the floors clean can be a monumental task. However, when epoxy is applied, cleaning consists of nothing more than sweeping and damp mopping. As for maintenance, epoxy floors can be sprayed down with water as often as needed.


How Decorative Concrete Tricks the Eye

Decorative concrete stamped patio

Decorative concrete stamped patio

Decorative concrete can actually trick people into thinking they see one thing when they are looking at something completely different. To create an indoor or outdoor space that is inviting and unique, you will never go wrong with decorative concrete.

Decorative concrete gives you the opportunity to make floors, countertops, walls, fountains, pool decks, driveways, patios, and other concrete surfaces look as though they are designed with natural materials when, in fact, they are not. When professionally done, even the most discerning eye will have trouble making a distinction between what the material is and what it appears to be.

Stamped concrete is a perfect example. This consists of a contractor pressing patterns or textures into new concrete prior to it fully drying. After color stain is added, stamped concrete takes on a realistic appearance of the material being replicated. Whether you like the look of cobblestone, wood, brick, seashells, flagstone, pebbles, or another material, stamped concrete is a great choice. You can choose something subtle or go for a more elaborate design aesthetic.

Overlays are another possibility for decorative concrete. Ideal for an outdoor patio, they can be used to create a subtle or over-the-top design. An overlay is a protective coat comprised of high-polymer modified concrete. Once poured, the concrete is taped out as cobblestone, flagstone, or some other natural material. To create the right texture, a thin layer is poured on top and then the tape is removed once dry, revealing grout lines.. The result is so realistic that you will have a hard time convincing people otherwise.

Acid stain also creates a surface that tricks the eye. When professionally applied, different colors of SunAcid will turn an ordinary floor into a true masterpiece. For instance, if your home has a Southwest style, rich colors of red, orange, yellow, tan, and brown create what appears to be a gorgeous Arizona sunset. To achieve the desired look, several coats are sprayed onto the concrete, neutralized with ammonia and water, and then sealed for optimal protection.

Decorative concrete can be made to look like almost anything, including water. Although new trends crop up each year, when working with a reputable contractor, you can create whatever design you prefer most. All decorative finishes, whether stamped, stained, polished, or something else, are ideal for creating a fresh and updated look for any concrete surface. For that reason, decorative concrete has become the most popular method for transforming homes and businesses, inside and out.


How Property Managers Can Benefit Using Sundek Decorative Concrete Floors with Any Budget

Concrete Floors in Boulder Crest Wounded Warriors Retreat

Concrete Floors in Boulder Crest Wounded Warriors Retreat

A multitude of benefits comes from using Sundek decorative concrete systems. Especially for property managers who are responsible for keeping homes, apartment complexes, businesses, and other properties in pristine condition, many benefits go hand-in-hand with protected concrete surfaces.

As a prime example, many Sundek systems are ideal for a public gathering space or great room. Not only do decorative concrete floors look incredible, they are easy to clean and maintain, highly durable, and, based on the color of stain chosen, they make a very specific statement. One of the more popular options for living rooms is the handcrafted Tuscan system, which is stunning.

Sundek also has wonderful options for treating concrete floors in family kitchens. Because this room is the heart of the home, the one place where people tend to gather most, it has a lot of foot traffic. With the right coating, the kitchen floor will look beautiful and be easy to clean. In addition, the surface will be slip-resistant to prevent unwanted accidents. With a broad range of colors, virtually any aesthetic can be accomplished.

The concrete floors in game rooms, basements, and community centers also can be enhanced using Sundek decorative systems. Rather than installing an entirely new floor, the concrete can be resurfaced. Even when professionally done, this project will fit any budget. When finished, people will have an amazing place to congregate, whether just hanging out, watching movies, entertaining, or playing games.

The parking garage is one space that is often overlooked. Polyaspartic and epoxy solutions available through Sundek are excellent choices to protect and transform garage flooring. These protective coatings are tough enough to withstand daily abuse, including grease and oil, tire marks, gardening equipment, and more. The right coating will also make the floor more aesthetically pleasing.


Using the Best Concrete Coatings to Improve Durability and Extend the Life of Concrete

Stone Creek Club - Sundek Concrete Coatings

Stone Creek Club – Sundek Concrete Coatings

Concrete coatings are ideal when installing a new patio, driveway, floor, or other concrete surface, but it is important to choose and apply the right type for your application.  There are numerous advantages in choosing concrete and while sealing it may not be necessary, applying a coating will provide many benefits. For example, with the right coating, the concrete will perform better, be more durable, and last longer. In addition, both the color and gloss will be enhanced.

One possibility for concrete coatings are acrylics that form a thin protective layer on the concrete surface. True acrylic coatings are available in water- and solvent-based formulations. This is a great option for a stamped concrete surface or an exposed aggregate concrete. In addition to many levels of sheen, solvent-based coatings, in general deepen and enhance the color of concrete.

Polyurethanes are another worthwhile option. This coating forms a high-build protective film, which is also available in water- and solvent-based formulations. While this type of coating works well on any concrete surface, it is superior for high-traffic areas. Not only does this coating enhance stamped and exposed aggregate concrete, it resists stains and scuffs.

When conducting research on the different options, it is important to consider certain factors. Be sure that you consider concrete coatings that are compatible with the type of decorative concrete surface being applied. Unfortunately, certain sealers can negatively interact with coloring agents and overlays, causing bubbling and color bleeding. Also, if any portion of the concrete patio is exposed to direct sunlight, you want a product like SunColor from Sundek that offers protection against fading.