FAQ: Epoxies and Urethanes

Epoxy Flooring • Concrete Polishing

FAQ: Epoxies and Urethanes

Flooring systems are often made up of a number of chemical components. The most important of these chemical components are epoxies and urethanes. Since epoxies and urethanes have different properties it is necessary to have a greater understanding of them and their uses.

It is first necessary to explore the differences between epoxies and urethanes. Epoxies are compounds that are composed of two different kinds of chemical components. These are resins and hardeners. These two chemical components are liquids separately but, turn into a solid when they are combined. Epoxies are durable and resistant to degradation from many types of chemicals. They are also highly adhesive as they make the transition from liquid to solid.

Urethanes have similar properties to epoxies. However, they are more durable, have better gloss and colour retention abilities. They are also more resistant to UV rays so they are better for areas that are exposed to direct sunlight. Urathanes also tend to have superior resistance to engine fluids, acids and alkalies. All of these benefits can be achieved with a top coat of urethane.

There are a number of factors that need to be considered when using epoxies and urethanes. This is particularly true when it comes to their use in flooring systems. When installing an epoxy floor coating system it is necessary to prepare the surface. Floor surface preparation is important for cleaning, etching and degreasing concrete floors. The use of a diamond grinder or shot blaster will remove a fine layer of concrete substrate. This removes a lot of the contaminants from the floor surface. A clean floor with few contaminants allows epoxies to adhere to the surface better.

Another important part of preparation process involves repairing the cracks and pop outs in the floor. Before the epoxy construction process is carried out it will be necessary to fill in the cracks and pop outs in the floor. This will be taken care of by the installers.
Another important aspect of the surface preparation process is dealing with expansion joints. If you want a seamless floor you will need to use a flexible joint sealer. This wil create a smooth seamless surface. It will also not interfere with the functioning of the expansion joints.
It is also possible to apply a Neoseal coat over existing paint or coating. To make this possible it is necessary to have the surface cleaned, sanded and bonding. Any areas tha are none bonding need to be diamond ground in order to remove any loose coatings. Then the Neoseal coat can be applied to the surface.
It also must be noted that if you have uncoated concrete you will still have to prepare the surface. This means that you will have to remove all the contaminants and create a profile. Creating a profile is necessary for bonding to take place properly. Shot blasting and or diamond grinding are the preferred methods for doing this.
At this point it is necessary to look at what concrete resurfacing means. Concrete resurfacing is the term used for the process of repairing existing concrete surfaces. It usually involves the application of some form of cement resurfacing material. This cement resurfacing material often involves the use of self-levelling cement overlays, decorative stamp cement overlays and metallic epoxy coating systems.
Another activity that can be carried out is that the surface can be re-sloped. It is possible to reshape the concrete surface. This reshaping can change the slope of the surface.
There are a number of factors that need to be considered during the installation process. The first is whether it is necessary to empty the work area before installation. It is preferable to empty the work area before the installation takes place. However, it is possible to move things around during the process if it is not possible to completely empty the space.
Another factor to consider is temperature. It is possible to apply the Neoseal Coat in lower temperatures but, it is not recommended. It is recommended that Neoseal Coat be applied at temperatures higher then 10°C. This is to ensure proper bonding takes place.
As a customer installing a Neoseal Coat it is necessary to understand a number of aspects of the final product. The first aspect that needs to be considered is how long before you can use the finished surface. Under normal temperature conditions the surface can be walked on within 24-48 hours. It can be driven in 3 to 5 days. If given the time to dry and proper maintenance the finished floor usually lasts 15-20 years with normal foot traffic.

There are some properties of the finished floor that need to be considered. The first is that Neoseal does use a UV inhibitor. However, it does not provide complete UV protection. For a higher level of UV protection it is recommended that you use Neoseal High Performance Clear UV Top Coat.

There are always concerns about the surface being slippery. These surfaces are not more slippery then regular concrete surfaces. A slip resistant additive can be added to the top coat to create a more slip resistant surface. The non-skid surface will last about 5 years.

At this point it is necessary to look at a number of aspects of Neoseal’s policies and practices. When working on an installation Neoseal will put up safety lining, bay marker and numbers to ensure the safety of employees and other users around installation areas.
To help clients meet their needs Neoseal is about to provide aid in determining what system you need. We will come and look at your site and create a system that will meet your needs. The highly customizable nature of the work means that it is not possible to provide set prices for the work. An estimate can be made based on a site visit.
If your company wants to schedule an installation its start time will be based on a range of factors including the time of year and crew availability. Once the work begins the crews will work nights, weekends and holidays.
There are two other policies that need to be discussed. The first is the policy for references. References can be provided and they can be tailored to your specific industry and application. The other policy is the warranty. There is a 5 year limited warranty. The warranty covers peeling, staining and material effects.

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