Safeguard Your Concrete Floors from Chemical Damage
On their own, concrete floors are durable flooring options that can be expected to last, despite constant use. Over time, normal levels of wear and tear can be expected in areas subject to heavy traffic. However, exposure to corrosive and aggressive chemicals can lead to rapid degradation and long-term impairment.
Effects of Chemical Damage
Damaged concrete can present several issues in both domestic and commercial settings including:
- surface deterioration
- disruption of day-to-day activities or operations
- safety concerns (e.g. trip and fall hazards)
- repair and maintenance costs
- vehicle damage
- environmental hazards
Advantages of Coatings and Overlays
Concrete coatings and overlays are a necessary precaution to safeguard both your flooring and property investment. Besides boosting surface durability, these measures will:
- enhance chemical resistance
- increase impact and abrasion resistance
- improve aesthetics
- make it easier to clean
Aside from being able to withstand the frequent abuse of vehicle traffic and the passage of heavy machinery, concrete coatings are also resistant to chemicals such as:
- alkaline substances (e.g. toothpaste, ammonium hydroxide, bleach, and some alkaline-based cleaners)
- organic acids (e.g. vinegar and citric acid)
- certain solvents (e.g. alcohol, ethanol, and toluene)
- automotive fluids (e.g. diesel oil and transmission fluid)
Below are the coating options available for residential, commercial, and industrial establishments:
- Epoxy Coatings
Resin epoxy coatings are the most common and effective ways to prevent chemical damage. Epoxies are also the cost-efficient choice for surface protection, and are often less expensive than other coating options.
Epoxies bond extremely well to concrete, so there is minimal risk of delamination (separation of layers) due to shrinkage. Epoxy coatings are moisture-tolerant and prevent the formation of chips and cracks on the concrete surface.
As an added bonus, epoxies can be produced in a variety of ways. Choose from a wide array of decorative options to improve the appearance of your flooring.
- Polyurethane Coatings
Another excellent and effective flooring solution is polyurethanes. Layered on top of concrete, they function much like epoxy coatings. However, they can be used to cover the layer of epoxy as a double coating for added protection against chemical damage. Because they are a more expensive option, these polyurethanes will often be applied in thin sheets.
Compared to epoxy coatings, polyurethanes can provide better protection against harsher chemicals, including methylene chloride. Considered a high-performance coating, they are:
- more resistant to abrasion
- able to withstand heavier impacts
- able to endure a wider range of temperature fluctuations
Safeguard your concrete flooring from chemical damage and protect your investment by adding a layer of protective coating on your floor surfaces.
Consult with the expert technicians at Concrete Epoxy 101 to find the right solution for your flooring. We offer concrete polishing and epoxy coating for homes as well as commercial and industrial establishments in Vaughan and surrounding areas. Call us at (416) 838-5188 or fill in this form for a free quote.
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