Epoxy Concrete Floor Coatings to Use on a Shoestring Budget

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Epoxy Concrete Floor Coatings System

Before urethane cements, epoxy cement floor coatings were used for everything. Novolac epoxies tend to be more chemical resistant. You can actually get Novolac’s that are tailored towards food acids as opposed to chemical acids.
So a Novolac coating system would be the next line of defense. But honestly, if you’re going to go with a shoestring budget and a thin film system you have a problem immediately.

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Epoxy Concrete Floor Coatings Exposure

If you have thermal shock and you have impact from kettles, some of these kettles could be 10‑15 lbs. The thinner you go, steam, moisture, and impact can all transfer from the atmosphere through the coating, down to the substrate; causing delaminations.

And once you have a nick in the floor it doesn’t matter how good the coating is, it starts to get undermined by moisture, impact and steam.

In general, rather than a Novolac coating, if you can afford to go with a full blown urethane system it would be a better way to go.

Coating Thickness Gains Longevity

You really need to get as much money as you can afford for your floor coating systems. You need to get a thickness to protect the industrial flooring. Generally speaking when you have thermal shock and impact, it’s the thickness that gains you longevity.

Epoxy concrete floor coatings don’t work that well because they become brittle with age so then the impact and everything becomes more of an issue. That’s the same thing with a Novolac by the way.

Cost Comparison of Urethane Mortar Systems

This is where urethanes excel – for the same amount of money for material at dry film thickness (DFT). If you break it down by DFT’s, urethanes become very reasonable in cost.

If you priced out a job for 3/8 of an inch of epoxy concrete coating, it’s pretty pricey. Nobody would even do it; it’s just not even a consideration.

Facility Budgets Based on Perception

Many facilities on a budget first of all, don’t even think they are on a budget. They may think that they paid a lot for their concrete epoxy floor coatings. For example, a food processing facility could have gotten an epoxy coating, 1/16 of an inch thick and it’s just coming up in sheets.

Cost Averaging

What quality installers do in budget conscience situations is, instead of going with a cheaper system throughout the whole area, they might recommend cost averaging.

They might suggest, “OK. Well, your main area of abuse out of the 10,000 square feet you’re looking at coating is only 3,000 square feet. Since the other 7,000 square feet is dry storage, and packaging and things like that [low impact; low heat], let’s put the full system over here in the 3,000 square foot area and do something thinner and less expensive for the 7,000 square foot dry storage area where demands such as chemical resistance is not an issue.”

Concrete solutions like these should be offered by an experienced concrete floor coatings contractor. That’s more of an appropriate way to save money in a food processing facility. Anything with food processing is all dictated and mandated by the FDA.

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