Implementing a new building or expanding an existing one requires a wide range of tasks and equipment to create an ideal structure. When it comes to industrial and commercial flooring needs, you can rely on the seamless protection offered by epoxy coatings. Comprised of a resinous material and hardeners, epoxy flooring has evolved to become a top choice for floor protection. While this product is perfect for use in a variety of industries, many builders do not consider the steps required throughout the installation process to ensure the highest level of quality.
PPI Flooring of Orlando specializes in epoxy flooring solutions for new and existing concrete floor systems, utilizing our proven process and the best materials in the industry to equip your facility for success. Our team has the experience to navigate an ideal finish for your project, and will work with you every step of the way to ensure an ideal outcome.
Keep reading to learn about the factors involved with installing epoxy flooring over new concrete, and be sure to reach out to us for a free project estimate!
It’s Time for a New Slab!
Whether you plan on building a new addition for your structure or you are planning on an entirely new building, concrete flooring will be a top consideration throughout the construction process. Pouring fresh concrete will provide a range of benefits for your building, but bear in mind that new slabs will rely on protective measures for the best long-term returns.
Contractors will need to make sure that they provide the best results throughout the curing process, from the moment the finishing cement touches are made to the final check on a new epoxy floor system. Concrete can take a long time to cure, and may not be ready for a protective coating until much of the other site work has been completed. To start, you’ll need to plan your project schedule accordingly.
Allow Extra Time for Epoxy Flooring
Once your concrete flooring has cured, you may be in a hurry to install your epoxy flooring to move onto the next stage. It’s important to remember that epoxy is often installed toward the end of the project, allowing the concrete to cure and to provide environmental control for the installation process. The cure time of your concrete is essential when installing high-quality epoxy floors, so be sure you plan accordingly to avoid being rushed!
One important consideration of epoxy flooring is that it will require some time to cure before personnel and their equipment can resume their activities. Lighting contractors, welders, and other professionals will need to wait until the epoxy coating is ready. Our advice? Reach out to our contractors for information, and allot extra time for the epoxy process. Cutting corners to save time is never recommended, especially when it comes to the final quality of your epoxy flooring!
Plan for Environmental Challenges
Moisture and temperature changes can introduce a lot of problems if you have planned a tight schedule for your flooring and epoxy coating installations. It’s important to keep an eye on moisture conditions, as higher moisture levels can result in slower cure times. We suggest planning properly for unexpected issues, which can include moisture testing when the weather produces problems. Many builders include a moisture primer in their bid to minimize any unexpected costs later on.
Installing epoxy in colder conditions can cause the mixture to cure slowly and become too thick, while floor systems exposed to heats nearing 150 degrees Fahrenheit can begin to soften. If your schedule does not allow for normal cure times, specialty mixtures are available!
Protect Your New Concrete
There are many additives and finishes available to best meet your concrete flooring’s demands. Plan on introducing additives and solvents throughout the building process, including personalized products to meet your industry-specific needs. Keep in mind that products such as sealants should not be used, as they will interfere with the epoxy’s ability to bond to the substrate.
Contact Our Commercial Flooring Pros
PPI Flooring of Orlando understands the intricacies of installing epoxy flooring over new concrete, and can work with you through each step of the process to ensure you are left with an ideal result. After 20 years and more than 10,000,000 square feet of epoxy flooring installed, we’re confident that our pros can deliver the best results for each client. Our team will arrive ready to prep your concrete flooring for epoxy coatings, ensuring that the substrate is optimally prepared for a complete bond with the resinous materials.
PPI Flooring specializes in the repair, maintenance, and protection of your commercial flooring for years of high-value results. If you’re ready to get started, then be sure to browse our site and contact us online to receive a quote for your project. We look forward to working with you!