Published Sunday 24th of November 2013 // Updated Friday 24th of February 2017
While concrete can last virtually forever, there is no guarantee that the surface of the material will remain visually appealing. If you own a piece of property whose floors are subjected to heavy traffic, then you know firsthand the damage from wear-and-tear concrete can suffer. If youve been to an older parking garage, youve seen the faded arrows on the discolored floors guiding you through the structure. Concrete, while durable and strong, is not immune to aesthetic surface damage that comes from heavy traffic without proper protective measures.
The best way to protect your concrete floors in high-traffic places, especially if there is already pre-existing damage, is to use epoxy floor systems. An epoxy broadcast system is an easy and effective way of creating an attractive, easy-to-maintain surface for your concrete floors, especially in warehouses, industrial or commercial buildings, retailers, airplane hangars, and other large, heavily trafficked places.
The system itself consists of a primer coat, a high-build coat, and a topcoat on top of the concrete substrate. The primer and high-build coats are typically epoxy solutions, while the topcoat tends to be a polyurethane sealer. The process, while important to proactively protecting your concrete floors, is also a great option for restoring and repairing prior damage marring the surfaces. If you have rough floors, you should use a high-build solution (typically 18-36 mils) that will hide track marks, spalls, and other concrete imperfections.
If you want to brighten your concrete, you can use an epoxy broadcast system to restore color to your floors. Similarly, the epoxy broadcast system can be used to seal paint chips or decorative quartz to create either a specific shape (i.e. an arrow in a parking garage) or a general covering of color or quartz. The paint chips or decorative quartz will be sealed with the high-build coating, under the polyurethane topcoat. This ensures that the color and form of your floors will remain high-quality and bright.
A high build epoxy floor system is a great option for repairing, protecting, and preserving your heavily trafficked concrete floors. The system consists of a primer coat (Epoxy 325), a high-build coat (2nd coat of Epoxy 325), and a topcoat (Urethane 645 ). All of these materials will combine to create a surface that is both visually appealing and functional, ensuring your floor remains protected.