So how is epoxy flooring created? Well, the simple answer is that true epoxies are made up of 2 key elements, epoxy resin, and a hardener that are mixed, poured onto a prepared concrete slab and allowed to cure for at least 24 hours before use is available. There are also different types of epoxy flooring systems on the market and they include the 100% solid epoxy system, solvent-based epoxies, and epoxy paints. Our team only uses 100% solid epoxy systems and solvent-based systems, epoxy paints are just not strong enough for homeowners. As the name implies 100% solid epoxy is a system that doesn’t use any fillers, just a pure epoxy resin and hardener composure where solvent based epoxies use fillers; commonly water, to make the coating cheaper at the expense of durability and cure times. We urge homeowners not to use the “epoxy” paints from the local hardware store as they commonly bubble, peel and lift off the concrete, even when the slab has been properly prepared.
When it comes to figuring out what the best epoxy is for your needs, our team will work with you to figure out what your needs call for but in most cases, our 100% solid epoxy systems are typically used in commercial or industrial settings where solvent-based epoxies are used in the residential setting.