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If you find yourself looking for a flooring solution that resists chemical spills and stains, then the epoxy mortar flooring system ranks at the top of the list of options. It is the premier flooring solution for commercial, industrial, institutional, and residential environments. Epoxy mortar flooring covers a variety of needs for industrial and commercial flooring while presenting very few disadvantages. In this blog, we'll discuss what epoxy mortar flooring is and what the benefits are for concrete floors.
Epoxy mortar flooring, a polymer-based bonding paste, comprises epoxy resins, a binder, a solvent, mineral contents, and other enhancers. The epoxy portion of epoxy mortar flooring is formed of a two-part polymer blended with sand or aggregate. The measurements of each part differ depending on the desired characteristics of the finished project. These 100 % solids epoxy-aggregate combination is applied with a trowel. It creates a high-build system used for high-impact resurfacing.
Epoxy mortar is a strong adhesive used to fix structural damage or fill in vents, cracks, or gaps in driveways or patios. Even without the added benefits of aggregate, epoxy mortar flooring creates an airtight, waterproof barrier protecting the reinforcing steel in concrete against corrosion.
Epoxy mortar creates a durable, seamless flooring system perfect for standing up to heavy forklift and machinery use. Additionally, epoxy mortar flooring levels slabs of damaged or uneven concrete surfaces make mild inclines and build essential floor-to-wall epoxy cove bases. It's intended to be used as a heavy-duty concrete floor coating and ranges from 3/16" to ¼" in thickness.
Epoxy mortar flooring works well in but is not limited to commercial facilities and industrial settings. Commercial facilities include car dealerships, retail stores, kitchens, breweries, sports stadiums, food processing plants, and restaurants. Industrial environments deal with heavy manufacturing, machining, production floors, automotive plants, warehouses, and tool & die companies. Outdoor areas like walkways, corridors, and plazas also benefit from epoxy mortar flooring.
The price per square foot of epoxy mortar flooring systems is hard to beat compared to other flooring systems. Since it can be applied directly to existing concrete, the installation costs are much lower than other options. The affordability of epoxy mortar flooring is one of the most significant advantages. Considering the expansive size and sprawling surface area of most commercial buildings, this becomes more apparent.
Most of the time, when applying an epoxy mortar flooring system, it can be done directly over your existing and even damaged concrete. This affordable option spares you the time and hassle of the entire installation of new floors. The epoxy allows you to revamp your old flooring while saving money and gaining a completely new look. However, a key to making sure you're getting the best ROI (return on investment) is to always hire a professional for even the most minor epoxy mortar flooring project. This ensures that if problems arise, they are treated quickly, maintaining the integrity of your floors. Professional installation also means more safety and protective measures are followed throughout the installation process.
Because of its extreme durability, epoxy flooring has a longer lifespan than many other types of flooring. Concrete is favored because of its durability, but it does need to be properly sealed and maintained, or it will deteriorate. Epoxy mortar that is applied over concrete provides superior strength and staying power. Warehouses, manufacturing facilities, and other industrial settings that endure a significant amount of traffic benefit from an epoxy mortar flooring system. Epoxy floor coatings also minimize wear and tear, keeping the most abused flooring looking immaculate.
We know how important finding the most durable flooring is for your industry. Epoxy mortar flooring combines a resin and a hardener in multiple layers, making the thick coat impenetrable. The tight bond with the concrete underneath creates a robust and seamless bond that resists heavy traffic from feet and vehicles, oversized loads, and high volume usage. The average epoxy floor has a flexural strength of 10,000 psi, making it abrasion-resistant, even from heavy impacts.
Epoxy mortar flooring systems are highly resistant to almost every kind of liquid, including harsh cleaning solutions, machines, vehicle oil, gasoline, bleach, transmission fluid, and many others. They are nearly impervious to most chemical spills without any adverse effects on the coating. This explains why they're frequently used in the automotive industry and laboratories where chemicals are widely used. Another benefit of these flooring systems is that they are resistant to bacteria and germs. Places that require a sanitary work environment, like hospitals, clinics, and other health care facilities, benefit from epoxy mortar flooring systems.
Epoxy mortar flooring is also water and heat resistant, making it versatile for different environments. Once cured or dried, epoxy resists high levels of heat - up to 150 degrees Fahrenheit or higher in some instances. Epoxy is also shock resistant, another confirmation of its strength. Water can severely damage floors. Whether it's standing water, water from a leak, exposure from cleaning, or just the nature of your business, water creates an abundance of issues for most flooring. It leads to physical damage to the floor itself and often to mold and mildew issues. Impacts that typically damage a floor will not worry you if you have an epoxy mortar floor.
With many flooring systems, longevity can be an issue. Over time, flooring owners have to replace or recoat their floors every few years. This means added cost, workflow disruption, a hit to your bottom line, and just a general inconvenience. The colors fade, and normal wear and tear set in. An epoxy mortar flooring system outlasts its competition, including tile, wood, and carpet.
With proper installation, epoxy mortar lasts for several years without peeling, fading, cracking, or buckling. The lifespan of an epoxy mortar system is beneficial for commercial and industrial use. Epoxy mortar flooring is a practical option for cost-effective, long-term satisfaction, often up to 20 years!
Epoxy mortar flooring provides an unlimited assortment of aesthetic options. The decorative concrete options include a variety of colors, textures, tones, and designs that add a unique and flawless finish. The flooring finish can be applied traditionally to accentuate the original, existing concrete floor. It can also be arranged into a personalized pattern or design to enhance your company's branding. Epoxy mortar flooring offers several choices that make it an economical way to upgrade bare concrete and improve the ambiance of any facility.
Epoxy mortar flooring transforms spaces into safe and seamless areas. The shiny surface adds a professional element and compliments any decorative lighting you have. The site gains an expansive dimension when light bounces off the epoxy coating. Epoxy mortar also hides any previous defects your concrete floor may have sustained. To hide imperfections thoroughly, ask our professional epoxy installers to advise you on color and texture selection, as some damage is more challenging to cover than others. Adding decorative chips of quartz, mica, or other aggregate builds a speckled appearance that doubles as a safety measure by creating better traction. You can further dress up your functional work area by adding metallic epoxy, giving you an added layer of polished ambiance.
At Creative Maintenance Solutions, we believe a custom epoxy mortar floor covering makes your business stand out from the rest. Our skilled professional flooring crew will work alongside you and your team to develop the flooring solution to fit your environmental needs and the aesthetic you desire. Choosing the proper concrete floor covering improves the safety and cleanliness of your company and adds the "WOW" factor you want your clients to remember.
When you're looking for a company that can expertly apply an epoxy mortar flooring system, it's essential that they have a good reputation for installing flooring systems accurately and that they choose the highest quality products. When improperly installed, an epoxy mortar system decreases its longevity drastically. The industrial flooring gurus at Creative Maintenance Solutions have a decades-long reputation as the premier flooring professionals in Wisconsin.