Benefits of Self Leveling Epoxy Floors
Self leveling epoxy floors are the most common type of epoxy floors. They are ideal for old cracked or damaged concrete substrates. They spread out to fill in the cracks and form a smooth level surface. They provide a durable, glossy finish and can be colored in a variety of colors using special pigments.
The concrete substrate needs to be thoroughly cleaned and free of oil or grease spills. The amount of epoxy consumed by self leveling floors is much higher than roller applied epoxy coatings. An average amount of 3kg/m2 is required for a 3mm self leveling application. Self leveling epoxy also costs more and requires trained professionals to be applied correctly.
Self leveling epoxy should not be used to level severely uneven concrete floors. Instead, use a concrete leveling compound to level the uneven surface before applying the proxy.
Self leveling epoxy flooring are popular among many commercial, industrial, and residential applications. These include:
- Manufacturing Facilities
- Large Warehouses
- Vehicle Showrooms
- Car Garages
- Commercial Kitchens
- Aircraft Hangars
- Sport arenas
Here are some tips to ensure a quality installation of self leveling epoxy floors:
Strip away any previous coatings – Epoxy coatings will react chemically to other coatings such as polyurethane and latex floor paints. If your garage floor was previously painted, you need to strip away these coatings prior to applying the epoxy. Use a concrete grinder for the best results.
Remove oil or grease stains – Spilled lubricants and/or car leaks must be removed. Use an industrial degreaser available at your local hardware store. Pour the liquid on the soiled areas and scrub thoroughly. You can also add cat litter over the soiled areas and leave it for 24 hours then sweep the floor clean.
Remove rubber marks from tire scuffing using a surface grinder.
Etch the floor – Etching opens up the pores in the concrete substrate allowing the epoxy to adhere properly. Scrub the floor with Muriatic acid or masonry cleaner, such as SureClean 600.
Floor should be completely dry – A moist floor will result in a weak bond between the epoxy finish and the concrete substrate. Test the dryness of the floor by leaving a vinyl floor time overnight. The next day, remove the tile and inspect the back. If moisture is present, condensed water or dark areas will appear on the floor tile.
Stock on extra materials – Epoxy floors have to be installed in one application allowing a seamless surface. Running out of materials before completing the job will lead to many problems. Measure the area required and stock up on extra materials to compensate for waste during installation.