ARTICLES / DANGERS OF ISOCYANATES
April 22nd 2015
Concrete flooring may seem tough on its own but depending on how it’s used, especially in industrial settings, concrete floors might as well be soil without floor sealers, especially epoxies. In any building, the floor gets the most punishment from simple foot traffic, organic products, heavy hardware, wheeled carts, cars and even heavy machinery. There’s a floor coating for every situation with their own pros and cons. These include masonry paint, latex paint, and the best for last, epoxy. The following are epoxy reviews of the best types of epoxies available for garage or industrial flooring.
Epoxy is the toughest and attractive among floor sealants. It also lasts the longest and depending on use. With epoxy, it takes several years before floorings need to be re-treated. There are several types of epoxy, and these epoxy reviews will cover the best of each. One-part epoxy resembles paint. Epoxies often come in two parts, the resin and the hardener, that when mixed together starts the binding process. One-part epoxies are pre-mixed during production and curing begins once the can is opened. The advantage of one-part epoxies is the non-labor intensive application. The best among one-part epoxies is Drylok E1. Drylok E1 is very easy to apply after following the floor-prepping instructions. Post-application results in an attractive glossy sheen of the four colors to choose from namely slate gray, natural sand, arctic white and light platinum. Unlike other brands, Drylok E1 cures quickly and the floor is walkable in as early as six hours.
Two-par epoxies actually come in two parts which needs to be mixed together to start the curing process. This makes two-part epoxies more labor intensive. Apart from mixing the resin and hardener, floors need to be etched and grinded before application. The solvent based variant is easier to apply than the 100% solid variant which is its main advantage. The best of the group is Rust-Oleum Epoxyshield. Rust-Oleum results in a very long-lasting coat in most garages as long as the prepping instructions and curing time are followed carefully. Application is easier than other brands. In other epoxy reviews of this product, proper prepping is always key. One caveat about epoxies is that they are weak against moist substrates. If the substrate contains moisture prior to application, the epoxy might not cure properly and would result in peeling.
However, when it comes to conventional floor sealants, they’re often made up of toxic and hazardous chemicals with carcinogenic and even mutagenic properties. Some floor sealers and epoxies even have noxious smells that can result in occupational asthma or at least nausea and skin irritation. Hybrid Coating Technologies brands of floor coatings such as FLJ4W, FLJ4W-FC are specially formulated to prevent such symptoms. These products have been deemed non-toxic by OSHA but it is still recommended to have PPEs handy during the application process. They are also specially formulated to be twice as durable as other leading brands. The FLJ4W series can be applied on concrete, wood and cement covers. They are also UV resistant meaning they won’t change color over time due to light exposure. Curing time is also shorter. What’s best about Hybrid Coating Technologies, is that their secret formulation is greener than most other brands, meaning their floor sealers are environmentally friendly in the long run.
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