EPOXY: The lifespan of any coating application is heavily influenced by the condition of the existing concrete, hence the importance of a quality preparation phase on every job site. The lifespan is also effected by the traffic on the floor and vehicles, machinery, chemicals and more. On average, epoxy floors in commercial and industrial spaces have a lifespan between 5-10 years.
URETHANE AND POLYASPARTIC: While not complete systems on their own - utilizing a urethane/polyaspartic top coat can extend the longevity of an epoxy floor in many applications. This can be attributed to UV stability (preventing yellowing from UV light) and a higher resistance to chemicals and abrasives. These are all factors that our Project Managers can guide you through when customizing the proposal for your project. Often times, these coatings will have a lifespan of 10-15 years.
TRAFFIC TOPPING/PEDESTRIAN COATING: These systems are often formulated with polyurethane, and are designed to withstand heavy amounts of vehicular traffic as well as chemicals and substances. The addition of a waterproof membrane provides another layer of protection. It's common for maintained traffic coatings to last up to 20+ years.
Surprisingly, concrete is not necessarily as strong or durable as it may seem. Concrete can be prone to deterioration such as pitting, cracking, and crumbling, as well as holding bacteria and chemicals. Largely, this can be attributed to the porous nature, allowing moisture and other substances to permeate from the surface or from below. Many epoxies or other concrete coatings provide not only a protective barrier, they can also be waterproof, seamless, chemical resistant and sanitary.
In addition to addressing other needs for the surface, they protect the substrate and extend the floor's longevity.
We understand that the safety of your facility floors is of the utmost importance. Concrete Coatings Canada offers multiple non-slip or slip-resistant coatings to ensure that the floors remain safe, even in environments where there might be constant water, exposure to the elements or other liquids such as chemicals.
Some of these options include sand, flake or aggregate refusals to add grit to the coatings. There are different sizes and densities that can be chosen to customize each and every floor to the proper slipresistance.
All of our concrete epoxy floor projects include surface preparation, as this is one of the most important factors for proper adhesion. To give clients a high quality finish, we clean the floor, removing any existing finishes, if necessary. The substrate is then grinded with our professional equipment, to have a fresh bondable surface. We also administer repairs to cracks, pitting, delamination, coping, transitions to adjacent surfaces and can even add slope adjustments or floor leveling components to the scope of work. Concrete coatings and traffic toppings go much further than simply painting over the concrete; the work we perform is to create safe, level, durable floors. After this has been completed, the floors are rigorously cleaned to prevent dust and debris from getting in the coating, or between the coating and the substrate.
In addition to preparing the floor, we take many steps to make sure that nearby areas, people, adjacent surfaces are protected as well. We can determine on-site set ups with tarping/fencing to contain work areas, poly sheeting and other protective products are used to cover other surfaces as well, taping off edges to contain products and dust. We have carefully selected many pieces of preparation equipment that have vacuum components to help contain the dust and debris, minimizing mess.