Sand Epoxy Flooring
Sand epoxy flooring is a type of industrial and commercial flooring that is made by mixing epoxy resin with sand. The mixture is then applied to a concrete floor and allowed to cure. The end result is a durable, non-slip surface that is resistant to a wide range of chemicals and solvents.
The process of installing sand epoxy flooring typically involves first cleaning and preparing the concrete surface, then applying a coat of epoxy resin and spreading a layer of sand over the wet epoxy. The sand is then worked into the epoxy using a broom or a roller, and the floor is left to cure. After the epoxy has cured, the surface is typically sealed with another layer of epoxy or a clear topcoat to provide additional protection and shine.
The addition of sand to the epoxy mixture gives the flooring a rough, non-slip surface that is ideal for areas that are frequently wet, such as industrial kitchens, laboratories, and manufacturing facilities. The sand also provides additional durability and helps to hide any imperfections in the underlying concrete surface.
The advantage of this type of flooring is that it is extremely durable and resistant to wear and tear, as well as chemical damage and staining. It is also easy to clean and maintain and it can be customized with a variety of colors and designs, which is quite attractive.
Sand Epoxy Floor Project
Existing Condition: Hospitals and their flooring have some of the strictest regulations of any industry. As a result, the floors needed to be expertly specified to meet regulations and the customer’s needs. The previous floor was an old, damaged epoxy flooring system. Ensure the new sand epoxy flooring system has a long lifespan.
Surface Preparation: Because we were working in a hospital dust containment was of the utmost concern. To make sure any dust created was contained in the room all of the doorways were covered in plastic and taped up. Also, the walls all had to be taped off to prevent damage from surface preparation equipment or material splashing during the installation. To ensure a dust-free environment we used a HEPA-filtered vacuum, while diamond grinding with a diamond grinder, and then solvent wiped the entire floor.
Products Installed: The first part of the hospital flooring system was a high solids epoxy primer. This product is low in viscosity to promote penetration of the substrate thereby, ensuring the flooring system directly adheres to the substrate. quartz chips, as opposed to an epoxy decorative flake floor, were then broadcast and the excess was swept off. To encapsulate the broadcast a grout coat of a high-solids two-component epoxy resin was applied. Finally, a topcoat of polyaspartic was applied, because it is designed to withstand scratching, abrasion, chemicals moderate impacts, punctures, and stains while providing the same level of chemical resistance as most urethane topcoats. Additionally, this product has a low VOC output so it has minimal odor.
Conclusion: To finish up all of the tape and plastic was removed. The finished floor had a gorgeous quartz aesthetic along with UV resistance and high sheen retention. Because of the extra steps we took to prevent dust accumulation, there was no trace of dust anywhere in the hospital.
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