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Epoxy flooring is one of the toughest and most durable finishes you can have. Epoxy terminology refers to the materials used and the application process. Epoxy provides good aesthetics for the floor, will protect it by resisting considerable wear and tear. Unfortunately, improper treatment can impact the appearance and texture of your floors. Epoxy or resin is a tricky material if you don’t have professional experience applying it.
Epoxy floors are used by many commercial areas and residential garages, patios & living areas.
It is important to note that there is a difference between epoxy coating and epoxy paint. Epoxy coating floors are highly tolerant of weight and regular usage and for this reason they are a common choice for commercial & high traffic areas. Epoxy coating is made up of a resin component that is mixed with a polyamine hardener. It is then applied under specific temperature and time conditions after it has sufficiently dried.
Areas commonly used for Epoxy;
Epoxy coating: provides an attractive surface to use inside offices, residential homes and showrooms; is easy to apply and quick drying; can be applied over concrete floors to provide a durable and smooth surface suitable for withstanding heavy loads and continuous traffic (commonly used for garage surfaces); can help prevent chemical breakdowns;
can mask off chips and cracks when used in conjunction with repair products.
When you are looking for a durable surface for your garage, patio or internal floor that also looks great and hides any dust or dirt then a Epoxy Flake floor is the answer!
Epoxy Flake floors use decorative acrylic flakes that come in a range of colours that are broadcasted & encased in epoxy to create a visually stunning floor space. Then polyurethane topcoats are applied which have a light and glossy appearance but are waterproof & extremely durable.
Epoxy flake floors are designed to stand up to the rigors of heavy foot traffic, machinery so will cars & motorcycles parked in your garage have no impact. The products' combination of Epoxy, Flake & Polyurethane are resistant to damage and marking from chemicals and oils which can be easily washed away. They are also resistant to abrasion from chemicals and other factors like moving furniture that can scratch and ruin floors in patio areas.
Epoxy flake is it is ideal for installation over worn or damaged floors hiding any existing imperfections in the floor such as scratches, chips and divots.
A Flake Epoxy floor will last up to 20 years – even longer if you clean and maintain them regularly. They can be touched up as well to give them an even longer life which makes them sustainable and environmentally friendly.
If you would like to speak to the Concrete Tactix Expert team today about an Epoxy Flake system or have any questions let us know.
Concrete Polishing /Hone & Seal Exposure
This is when we grind to achieve as much stone exposure as possible through your concrete polished floor. We will provide full stone showing throughout the floor depending on whether the concrete has been poured evenly and to the right specifications. To achieve full exposure look the process is more labour intensive than the minimal (as we have to grind over the floor multiple times to get all the stone showing) and therefore it is a more expensive option. For full exposure we generally grind down 4-6mm depending on the hardness of the slab. This full stone exposure is a more traditional look and is often used in homes and large internal areas.
Within the industry this is often referred to as a salt and pepper due to the look of stones exposed in some areas and not others. Exposure levels are depending on how the slab was poured & can differ depending on this. We grind the top 1-3mm off the concrete surface, usually going over the entire floor once. This type of concrete finishing is often used for the industrial look for homes & outdoor areas etc. This option is the most cost effective option as it is not as labour intensive as a full stone exposure.
Nil exposure is often desired by clients but is also the hardest to achieve. We are only able to offer this finish for newly poured concrete that is poured specifically to stringent specifications. To achieve this there must not be no undulations throughout the floor where aggregate could show through. The process for this look is to grind off the least amount possible so that there is little to no stone showing through the concrete surface. As part of the process we then grout the floor to fill in any tiny pin holes and cracks so that you get a more smooth surface
Polished Concrete Flooring
Are you considering polished concrete floors and want to understand the differences? Well Concrete Tactix are here to help you consider the options and match to your desired look, finish and budget.
There are two different methods commonly used to create polished concrete along with various finishes and stone exposures that you can achieve to create a truly unique finish. With polished concrete you typically choose between a Hone and Seal or Mechanically Polished concrete. With the Hone and Seal, the top of the concrete is ground back to make visible as little or as much aggregate as desired.
When considering aggregate exposure, the most common exposures are minimal, random or full exposure. Once suitably prepared there are a variety of sealers that can be applied to achieve the desired finish to your floor. Sealers range in gloss levels, Satin or penetrating, solvent or water based.
Concrete Tactix experienced team can help you choose the most suitable sealer to best suit your requirements. Hone and sealed floors are very durable, water and stain-resistant, but being finished with a sealer, the concrete may need to be refreshed every 7-10 years - depending on the product you choose to apply and the amount of traffic there is on the floor. A concrete floor that has been hone and sealed is more cost-effective than a mechanically polished upfront, but may work out more expensive over the life of the floor with refreshing so this is something to also contemplate.
Mechanically polished concrete achieves a more uniform finish and is physically harder then honed concrete. This means the lifespan of a mechanically polished floor is greater and the floor is more durable. The process starts the same, the top of the concrete is ground back to make visible as little or as much aggregate as desired. The floor is then grouted and densified before being polished multiple times to get the desired level of shine. Also with Mechanical polised floors, you have the choice of a matte, semi or high gloss finish with a minimal, random or full stone exposure.
From a cost perspective, a full stone exposure will be more expensive upfront as it takes longer to grind and achieve a high gloss. While these floors look amazing indoors, we don’t recommend a mechanical polish for outdoor areas as it can be too slippery when wet.
If you want to explore Polished Concrete further give Concrete Tactix a call and we’ll be more than happy to help you with any further questions you have about your specific project!
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