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Commercial epoxy floor coating application benefits by Epoxy Oilserv Limited

Benefits of application of commercial epoxy floor coating by Epoxy Oilserv limited are numerous, not much emphasis is needed to educate our customers than the technical, commercial and health advantages.
As industrial facilities get larger and production processes get faster to cope with increasing global demand, plant designers must make sure that they adhere to regulations and guidelines set down by standards agencies, accreditation bodies and health and safety organisations.
we are aware of the challenging conditions and demands on modern business. One very important one is ensuring that the workplace is safe and comfortable for staff and visitors. The floor covering of any workplace is a key component that is increasingly being seen as a vital part of meeting certification requirements.

Epoxy floor application areas

Some industrial workplaces, such as research laboratories, food processing plants or hospitals, place a range of additional stresses on any flooring used. Flooring may be exposed to corrosive substances such as fats, hot oils, blood, sugar solutions and food acids. In addition, there may be multiple sources of thermal shock, such as blasts of -25°C air from an open cold storage unit or steam cleaning at 120°C. Rigorous cleaning processes using caustic solutions also place a lot of stress on any floor covering.

Epoxy Floor application processes

Preparing a floor and applying a coating requires a special range of skills and understanding of the physical nature of the material being handled. “It is essential that time is spent at the planning stage to ensure that the customer’s expectations are matched,” says Gospel Okike, General Manager of commercial floor coatings SBU of Epoxy Oilserv Limited
For the majority of our flooring projects, Epoxy Oilserv Limited produces a range of 100 per cent solids epoxy coatings. “The term ‘100 per cent solids’ means that whatever is put on the floor is what stays there, nothing is lost as solvent,” Gospel said.
The structure of the polymer used for industrial flooring has to be resistant to abrasion and chemical attack. The good mechanical, chemical and heat resistant properties of an epoxy coating are obtained by reacting the linear epoxy resin molecules with suitable curatives to form three-dimensional cross-linked thermoset structures in a process commonly referred to as curing.

Epoxy Flooring Application chemistry

In principle, curing can be achieved using any molecule containing a reactive hydrogen that can react with the epoxide groups in the resin. Epoxy can either react with itself (homopolymerisation) or by forming a copolymer with polyfunctional curatives or hardeners. Common classes of hardeners for epoxy resins include amines, acids, acid anhydrides, phenols, alcohols and thiols, all of which have varying relative reactivity.

Some epoxy resin/hardener (see our brief literature on epoxy flooring) combinations will cure at ambient temperature but many need to be heated for the most effective curing. Insufficient heat during the curing process will result in a network with incomplete polymerisation, and thus reduced mechanical, chemical and heat resistance.

There are many constraints that have to be considered for a successful floor coating project. It is essential that the floor is clean, dry and free from contaminants. Prior to applying any coating, a floor must be properly prepared which usually means that it should be ‘scarified’ or ‘shot blasted’ to give it the correct profile to ensure optimum adhesion.

Advantages in Food industry

commercial epoxy floor coating

While the ideal situation would be to apply a floor coating to the clear, open expanse of a new warehouse, the majority of projects are remedial, where the coating has to be applied around, under or through existing equipment or furniture. “Our applicators are highly skilled and experienced,” Gospel added. “As long as these guys are able to access it, they are able to coat it.”
Being able to be applied in one application to any thickness, along with the rapid curing properties of the products, dramatically reduces down time normally associated with multi-coat flooring systems. Our Epoxy  flooring system will not need “re-painting” in the short term and will provide many years of service which also saves money by reducing maintenance expenditure and minimising interruptions to operations. “All our customers want a quick return to service, with no smell and a rapid cure time,” said Gospel “This is even more important where food is handled.”
“Some floor coating materials have a high solvent content,” said Gospel. “This is usually because they are less expensive and easier to spread on the substrate.” Methylmethacrylate is one high solvent coating that is still used by some applicators.

It is also possible to adapt epoxy floor coatings to also provide a non-slip surface for safety, but this usually involves a compromise because bacteria and other contaminants can be caught in the textured surface of the flooring. Non-slip properties are achieved by incorporating sand/filler to bulk out the epoxy mixture and give it a ‘porridge’ consistency which can be troweled and brushed onto the substrate.

The appearance of the flooring can be made an integral part of the health and safety régime of a workplace. Bright colours can differentiate between various zones and can be used to highlight hazardous areas while glossy tones can make the working environment more pleasant for the staff.

For the food and beverage industry, flooring materials must be able to withstand the sector’s fast pace while effectively minimising contamination risks. Seamless, impervious finishes, such as epoxies, stop contaminants hiding within hard to clean gaps where they can multiply. Durability goes hand-in-hand with this, as the floor will be subjected to many causes of damage that could turn into an unsightly, unsafe and unsanitary surface. Epoxy Oilserv’s range of coating products meet these requirements.
The company’s superior spray or brush-applied industrial surface coatings will not crack, peel or warp. The coatings are highly resistant to impact and abrasion, in additional to being almost impervious to oils, fuels and a wide range of chemical solvents.
When changing the flooring of an industrial site, another consideration is the cleaning protocols required. The cleansing agents and application methods are very different for traditional tiles and a non-slip, epoxy-based floor coating. For detailed recommendations, customers should contact Cleaning chemicals SBU. “We have experienced technical staff who have extensive knowledge of our products,” stated Gbenga Akomolafe The Manager Operations Epoxy Oilserv Limited

Adopting creative techniques in our Application processes.

Our high quality floor coatings combine almost infinite design possibilities with outstanding technical performance. This makes them the preferred choice for bespoke designs in public spaces and buildings that undergo heavy use.

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