Decorative concrete is one of the hottest new trends in flooring. If you’re looking for a way to preserve the appeal of your new concrete floor, consider safeguarding it with an epoxy floor coating. Epoxy is very easy to clean and maintain; spills and dirt will mop right up. Epoxy will protect any underlying surface from water stains or other types of corrosion. Epoxy floor protection systems are affordable, too, since one coating is engineered to last for several years.
What Is Epoxy?
Epoxy is a type of resin that’s created by curing liquid polyethers until they form a hard, lustrous solid. These polyethers are initially extracted from petroleum. While some epoxies will cure at room temperature, most require a source of heat, and this is one of the reasons why if you’re considering epoxy flooring, it’s prudent to entrust the job to an experienced contractor rather than to try and apply the floor covering on your own.
There’s another reason why working with a contractor is advisable if you’re thinking of enhancing your floors with epoxy floor coating: Contractors are well versed in the types of safety precautions that need to be taken when working with volatile polyether compounds.
What Else Is Epoxy Used For?
Epoxy resin is a versatile compound that has a number of uses:
• Adhesives: Epoxy glues are some of the strongest glues around. They’re particularly useful if you need to fill in a gap in a broken object or if you need to fortify a break in a small structural joint.
• Industrial design: Epoxies are used to create the molds, models, castings and fixtures that are employed in so much of contemporary industrial design. Once upon a time, such applications were made out of wood or metal, but epoxy is much less expensive and tools made out of epoxy have a longer shelf life.
• Electronics components: Epoxy is an excellent insulator, and that means it can be used to protect delicate electrical parts from short-circuiting.
• Jewelry: Epoxy jewelry has the same appealing shine as glass, but it’s far more durable.