Epoxy is a durable material that can be used as a protective layer over a wood or concrete floor or as the floor itself. It is made by combining a liquid resin with a liquid hardener. It is then poured over the existing floor or subfloor and allowed to harden. To be considered an Epoxy Floor in New York, the epoxy must be at least 2 millimeters thick. Anything less is considered to be a protective layer. Once it has cured, epoxy does not not absorb chemicals and is easy to clean. This makes it perfect for a variety of commercial uses from auto repair shops, restaurant kitchens and factories.
The subfloor must be prepared properly, so that the epoxy will bind with it and form a smooth surface. Any holes or cracks must be filled and allowed to set. If there are bumps, they must be sanded flat. If the subfloor is concrete, the installer must determine if it has been sealed. The sealant will prevent the Epoxy Floor in New York from binding with the concrete. This is a simple process. The installer just drops a small amount of water on the concrete. If the water beads up, then the concrete has a sealant. A chemical stripper must be used to remove it. If the subfloor is very smooth, it will also make it difficult for epoxy to bind with it. The installer can use steel wool to roughen up the surface. The last preparation step is to clean the surface and to allow it to completely dry.
Epoxy is a very versatile flooring. A variety of materials can be added to it to accomplish many functional goals. Because epoxy is so smooth, quartz is often added to it to increase traction. When epoxy flooring is used in laboratories or other places with sensitive equipment materials are added to increase its anti-static properties. It is often combined with color pigments to create a stylish opaque color for public areas. Colored chips can be added to create floor logos. The Hoffman Floor Covering Corporation is one of the companies that install epoxy floors. People can call them to learn more about the process. You can also visit them on Google+