Industrial & Commercial Epoxy Flooring Types & Uses
Definition of Epoxy Flooring:
Noun: an adhesive, plastic, paint, or other material made from a class of synthetic thermosetting polymers containing epoxide groups
Adjective: consisting of or denoting epoxy
Verb: glue (something) using epoxy resin
Epoxy is a term that’s come to represent a class of materials and the act of using those materials. Epoxy “systems” are based on a combination of resins and hardeners. When mixed together, the resin and hardener chemically react to form a rigid plastic material. The final material is strong, durable, resistant, and bonds extremely well to most base layers. Epoxy floors are so strong that they’re often used in heavy traffic areas such as industrial environments, hospitals, or sports facilities.
Types of Epoxy Floor Systems
If you’ve ever considered an easy-to-maintain, industrial-grade flooring option, we bet there’s an epoxy solution for you! At Performance Industrial, we offer over 30 different epoxy and industrial flooring systems. Here are a few of our most popular:
- Self-Leveling Epoxy Floors – Self-leveling epoxy is applied over new, old, cracked, or damaged concrete floors to create a smooth, seamless, durable, and low maintenance flooring surface. The self-leveling system is also available in a variety of colors. Colors are used to make decorative designs, denote traffic patterns, or highlight work zones in industrial settings. This system is used when you need aesthetic appeal and/or abrasion, chemical, heat or slip resistance.
- Where we’ve used it: manufacturing facilities, warehouses, showrooms, commercial garages, kitchens, aircraft hangars, athletic facilities, and more.
- Epoxy Mortar Floors – Ultra-tough, this is the strongest epoxy floor system available. This high-build, seamless system is made with 100% solids epoxy and graded sand or quartz sand and then troweled into place. Mortar systems are highly impact and chemical-resistant. This system is also effective in repairing old floors because of its high-build process.
- Where we’ve used it: manufacturing plants, mechanical rooms, warehouses, commercial kitchens, restaurants, garages, and service areas where heavy equipment, such as forklifts, would be used.
- Quartz-Filled Epoxy Floors – Quartz epoxy flooring systems combine high-performance epoxy polymer resin with colored quartz grains. The result is a multi-functional floor that’s decorative, sanitary, slip-resistant, and exceptionally durable.
- Where we’ve used it: locker rooms, restrooms, schools, cafeterias, showrooms, light manufacturing, lobbies, offices, and more.
- Anti-Static Epoxy Floors (ESD Resistant Floors): Electro-static charge (ESD) can be extremely dangerous in many work environments. Anti-static epoxy flooring helps to reduce static hazards. This flooring system typically contains a conductive material that accumulates static electricity to drain, ground, or dissipate any potential discharge. It’s highly recommended in environments that contain flammable materials.
- Where we’ve used it: Healthcare facilities, electronic, chemical or pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities; areas that use flammable gases or liquids or risk combustible dust buildup.
- Epoxy Flake Floors: Flake floor systems are made when colored chips or flakes are placed within the epoxy to create vibrant, multi-hued, seamless, resilient surfaces. The chips are not only aesthetically pleasing, but their slightly rough surface reduces slips and falls. The flakes are available in an endless variety of colors, styles, textures, and sizes and can be mixed into the combination of your choice.
- Where we’ve used it: commercial kitchens, locker rooms, sports venues, automotive showrooms, veterinarian clinics, laundromats, and more.
Bonus: Substrates and Underlayments
Sometimes when our customers ask for epoxy, we learn that a different industrial flooring solution will be a better fit. At Performance, we may recommend using Ardex, an industrial-grade concrete-like product.
Ardex Products and Systems
Ardex is a company that manufactures building trade materials mostly used for commercial and industrial flooring. The products we use are poured over plywood or other substrates to create a concrete-like finish without the weight of poured concrete. Because of its simpler installation process, Ardex can also be selected for customers that want the aesthetic of a concrete, industrial look without the hassle of poured concrete.
Epoxy is a unique solution because it’s not only incredibly practical, but the materials used in it make it flexible for almost endless applications. Whether you need to make a beautiful entrance to your hotel lobby, or create a fire-proof warehouse floor, there’s an epoxy floor system for you.