Epoxy flooring is a great way to give your business or home a facelift, without having to go through the hassle and expense of replacing your entire floor. In this advice article, we’ll discuss the installation process in detail. So you have a better understanding of what to expect and how to compare epoxy flooring installation to other systems. Keep in mind that every installation is unique and may vary slightly from the process described here. But, this will give you a general idea of what happens during those three days where our team is on site.
Day One of Epoxy Flooring Installation
On the first day of epoxy flooring installation, the flooring crew will arrive to prep your floor. This involves sweeping the floor and grinding the surface to create a smooth finish. Grinding also removes the laitence layer of concrete. This opens the pores of the concrete to promote and ensure adhesion of the epoxy system. Once the surface is prepped and clear, a base coat is mixed together and applied. This can be done in a variety of colours to suit the space, complimenting the chosen flake that’ll be applied.
Day Two of Epoxy Flooring Installation
We conduct an inspection of the floor, carrying out any crack repairs and then apply the base and flake. This process involves throwing the selected flake onto the wet base coat. Our team uses spiked shoes that allow us to walk on the floor without leaving footprints or damaging the finish. Flakes help the surface to have slightly more grip and come in a variety of colours. This is where you can customise to match your business’s branding or personal interior design aesthetic. Once the flakes are added, and consistency is checked, the system is allowed to set for around 24 hours.
Day Three of Epoxy Flooring Installation
On day three, the installers will return to scrape the excess flakes and smooth out the surface. This ensures that the finish is uniform for the top coat to be applied. Finally, we will mix together the top coat – made of 2 parts to activate the hardening process for curing. Your installer then rolls it over the prepped and flaked floor. The top coat is what gives the epoxy it’s shiny, glossy finish. However you do have many options to choose from for a custom finish for the floor including; essential, crystal, diamond, rapid and grip top coats. Our team can add a matting agent to achieve a lower gloss level and provide additional slip resistance.
Once the epoxy flooring installation is completed, we advise clients to let the floor sit for 12-18 hours before walking on it. This time allows for best results and no subtle imprints left in the floor when curing. Then, after 36-72 hours you can return any heavy vehicles, machine or general goods to the space. The epoxy will reach a full chemical cure 7 days after the final coat was applied. By this time, you can be sure that the system is resistant to impact and easier to clean than your previous flooring like standard concrete or vinyl.
Why Choose Epoxy Over Other Alternatives
One of the first questions to follow epoxy flooring installation is when would they be due for a redo of the system. We advise that if the floor is adequately cared for as per the manufacturers guide, your epoxy flooring will uphold its integrity for 20 years! Compared to other flooring options out there like vinyl (which can take 2-5 days to install), you’ll find you need to replace it every 10 to 20 years or so. Vinyl can result in you spending more time in cleaning and maintaining the floor to last that long.
When looking to compare to concrete flooring, you will be waiting 3-6 days for the installation to be completed. This timeframe depends on the skill level of the installer. Concrete flooring does have a similar integrity span lasting 20 to 25 years. However it is much more prone to cracks and damage throughout that time. When clients look to compare cost, epoxy is the stand out for being much more cost effective. The next most competitive would be polished concrete, however epoxy still scrapes through under the budget.
How To Fix Imperfections
Another question clients ask is how do they fix any imperfections over time, preserving the system as long as possible. We advise to refer to the care manual as it will outline cleaning agents that can be the cause of imperfections. Use the manufacturers recommended cleaning products to ensure the system won’t degrade in the process of washing or polishing.
Get Your Free Quote
Are you still on the fence about which flooring option to choose? We are more than happy to help advise you as our estimator, Craig, is a seasoned epoxy installer. He knows the process and alternative options like the back of his hand! We offer free quotes, and assess on a job by job basis to ensure you get the best value for your budget. Don’t hesitate to contact the team to speak with our estimator Craig, and understand what the best avenue is for you and your flooring.