EPOXY FLOORING FOR OUTDOOR USES

Concrete resurfacing has become a go to choice for many treatments around the home.

You can find practical and awesome ways to use concrete resurfacing on your property to create truly memorable, comfortable settings.

In this article, though, we want to focus more on the outdoor uses.

Now, you can argue that epoxies are great, but not for outdoor usages.

This was not far from reality 20 years ago.

When the epoxies were synthesized back in mid-1930’s, it was obvious that the epoxide group will cause the resin to be vulnerable to UV light.

As a matter of fact, there are widely used in the areas that has little to no exposure to light, such as tanks, pipes and even your garage!

But things are quite different today.

Epoxy resin has come a long way to reach a state that it can be safely advised to be used for outdoor purposes.

There are a number of outdoor grade epoxy resins, which are absolutely UV-resistant.

This has made them a perfect choice for outdoor flooring.

For one thing, epoxy releases no toxins that can potentially harm you or your family.

They can come as an environmentally friendly solution, if they are either 100% solid or water-based.

You might argue that tiles are the same, at least in this matter.

Well, epoxy flooring has some other advantages, which tiles are not able to provide.

Several stone designs and a vast variety of colour options are available.

Also, epoxies are resistant to different sort of chemicals which tiles are not.

To top off it all, the price is comparable with other flooring solutions.

Now, this will explains why they are popular.

They are fast becoming the floor of choice for many designers seeking new and adaptable flooring options.

Versatile epoxy floors are ideal for both indoor and outdoor use in a variety of places.

They add beauty to any landscape and make it extremely durable at the same time.

Some of the places where epoxy is most commonly used for outdoor uses include:

  • Porches/Steps
  • Pool Decks
  • Sidewalks
  • Entrances
  • Driveways

Read the full article on outdoor uses of epoxy resin here.

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Why DIY EPOXY FLOORING MAY FAIL

Today I stumbled upon a post about a DIY epoxy project.

Bridget looks quite happy while coating her garage with Epoxy resin just by herself. (above picture)

So why should we consider hiring contractors to do the job for us?

The fact is that it requires a little bit of hard work and the self-realization that it really isn’t as simple as some companies make it sound.

A quality floor coating requires certain steps be taken to insure a long lasting floor.

Chances are you end up having an epic fail as Heather had:

 

Many of the DIY projects may go wrong because the installer is not aware of the issues with epoxy flooring.

Bridget has made this point bold: “Follow the instructions carefully

Heather didn’t, and she had that gigantic white spot in the middle of her dining room.

But there are cases that people do follow the instructions and still they get terrible results.

I have shown four possible instances a DIY epoxy floor may peels, even if the instructions are followed completely.

Feel free to read the why DIY Epoxy Flooring may fail here.

Thanks for your time and have a good one.

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HISTORY OF EPOXY RESIN

Nowadays, epoxy is a popular resin used all over the world.

Its strength as an adhesive can easily outmatch other common glues in the market.

For those of you who are not familiar with this resin, I will shortly define some key features of it.

The chemical formula is sketched below,

 

The word Epoxy can be traced back to two Greek prefixes “epi” and “oxy”.

Epi means “upon” while the prefix oxy means sharp or acidic.

Various chemical reactions of epoxide, the resin, and polyamine, the hardener can produce epoxy resin.

The wide range of usage of this strong adhesive includes carpentry jobs, flooring, electronic boards and so on.

Its adhesive-ability has been tested and witnessed by millions of people throughout its 100+ years of existence.

And yes, well over 100 years now!

So without further ado, let’s dive into the depth of history.

Read the full article on History of Epoxy Resin here.

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