How to fix epoxy floor mistakes?

Surface Systems Expert Advice On Some Common Epoxy Resin Flooring Concerns

Put simply, epoxy flooring is a cost-effective and durable flooring solution for many industries.  It’s a two-part product made up of a resin and an activator and is applied under specific conditions.  It cures and hardens thanks to a chemical reaction.   

It’s a science!

Epoxy resin can be a complicated material to install without experienced and professional floor layers mixing and applying it.

Epoxy resin flooring should look smooth and clean.  Does yours?

By choosing an experienced, knowledgeable industrial resin flooring company such as our Surface Systems team, these common concerns shouldn’t be of any interest to you! 

However, let’s look at some problems that might occur with a poorly laid floor.

The finish isn’t smooth.

An inconsistent finish to your floor is likely to be due to installing the wrong quantity of epoxy resin.

The right amount is key to ensuring a level, or self-levelling, and even coating.  Too little means poor coverage, and too much means the curing is uneven.

Decent tools such as an adjustable speed mixer, and thorough mixing will make sure the epoxy sets evenly.  Your installation team should know exactly the right temperature for the flooring to be mixed and applied to avoid these issues.

Air bubbles and pinholes.

Was the existing floor checked for humidity before proceeding with the floor coating?  If the concrete was fresh, your chosen installers should have allowed 28 days before the epoxy coating is laid onto fresh concrete. 

The correct primer that is used depends on the floor’s moisture content.

Brush or roller marks.

A spiked roller should be used on a self-levelling floor to eliminate bubbles.  Back rolling will allow for a more uniform distribution of the product.  There is an art to laying an epoxy resin floor!

Why is the new floor dull or discoloured?

Epoxy resin flooring comes in a choice of colours and finishes.  But it shouldn’t look dull and discoloured. 

Poor mixing and the wrong ratio of resin to activator are likely to give a discoloured and dull finish.  The mix may have been left standing for too long. It may have had exposure to chemicals or to the sun when it was drying.

My floor’s peeling!

This is a problem you could really do without.  All the benefits of the epoxy flooring are lost fast.

It’s all about the preparation.  Preparation is key! 

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Was it clean and dust-free?  Mechanical preparation well in advance of the installation process will ensure you have a pristine floor ready for the epoxy resin to be laid.

Was it dry? It must be completely free of moisture before any installation work can be done.

Was the temperature correct?  18-20°C is the ideal temperature for epoxy application. 

Was the floor prepared correctly?  Smooth substrate needs roughing up.  An experienced installer will use a diamond grinder to create a surface that the epoxy will adhere to. 

By using a reputable, experienced and professional company such as Surface Systems you can prevent issues from arising on your business’s newly laid epoxy resin floor.

It’s all down to good preparation and installation.  Choose the right team for your project and you will experience a trouble-free flooring installation process.   

Call Surface Systems today on 01803 868680 or email enquiries@surfacesystems.co.uk and get your project started with us. 

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