The Chemistry of Quality Polyurethane & Epoxy Resin Flooring Solutions
Over time it has become clear that polymeric materials are slowly but surely replacing the conventional materials used within flooring coating applications. Polymer-based coating materials are made up of a polymer coat and a substrate adhered to each other, through a very specific process. This particularly complex process allows for the incorporation of additional properties, which will contribute to the attributes of the flooring system. The overall durability can be improved, as well as the resistance to liquids, gases and dirt particles.
In a range of epoxy resin flooring applications there is also the opportunity to introduce antimicrobial properties, to enhance conductivity, and provide a shield from electromagnetic interference. These properties are particularly present within epoxy resin; their excellent chemical and corrosion resistance, fantastic adhesive properties, low shrinkage rate, and low installation costs, are being widely used within a wide variety of industrial sectors. So, here we will look further into the chemistry of durable resin flooring systems, to help you further understand the reasons behind their increased usage.
Polyurethanes are an important class of polymers that display a variety of desirable attributes throughout their coating, adhesive, and sealant applications. The biggest benefit of polyurethane-based coatings is their ability to cure and dry at ambient temperatures. Should the flooring system be installed in an environment of varying temperatures, a curing agent can be added to lower the curing temperature from an elevated to ambient temperature.
Cardanol, which comes from the liquid of a cashew nut shell, is a renewable material that has a reactive phenolics group, as well as an aliphatic double bond, which can be easily manipulated to produce novel functional materials for most polymers. The polyurethane coatings’ performance has been carefully monitored and shows fantastic results when used in aggressive industrial working environments.
Epoxies are the types of resin that come under the “thermoset” family of resins, alongside polyester, silicone, urethane, melamine, acrylics and phenolics. Once cured, an epoxy resin solution cannot be melted simply by heat. This makes epoxy resins rather unique when placed among the other flooring solutions. Due to their reusability properties, epoxy resins are used in the “potting and casting” process to form strong, lightweight and foamy flooring with incredibly insulation properties.
There are several distinct advantages to using epoxy resin flooring for your floor coating. Their adhesive properties allows them to bond with almost any material used for flooring including metals, concrete, glass, ceramics, stone, wood and leather. Their flexibility is invaluable as well as their heat and chemical resistance properties. Their fantastic longevity allows for business owners to make a worthwhile investment in their floor, and not have to worry about replacement flooring for years and years.
If you desire further information on the incredible benefits that come with installing a polyurethane or epoxy resin flooring system, do not hesitate to get in touch with a knowledgeable and experienced team at your nearest epoxy resin flooring installation company. These professionals will take on any sized project; from industrial factories to domestic garage flooring, there is no job to big or too small.