The epoxy aspect refers to basic components or cured end products of epoxy resins. It is also a user-friendly reference to an epoxide functional group. These will turn out to be applied to a wide variety of applications amongst which would include epoxy flooring. Epoxy resins can also be referred by its chemical term polyepoxides. They are a class of polymers containing a variety of epoxide groups. A wide variety of chemicals go into the making up of the epoxy resins.
The resins are reacted or cross linked with each other through what is known as catalytic homopolymerisation. They can also be cross linked with a variety of co-reactants. These would usually include what are known as polyfunctional amines, as well as acids, phenols, alcohols and thiols. All of which are referred to as hardeners or curatives, while the cross-linking reaction is usually referred to as curing.
The reaction of the polyepoxides, with themselves, or with the polyfunctional hardeners, forms the thermosetting polymer. These are often occurring with favorable mechanical properties and high thermal and chemical resistance. Critically, epoxy is available to both the commercial and domestic market in such a wide variety of applications. These would include metal coatings. They would also include use in electronics or electrical components, LEDs too.
And there are still high tension electrical insulators, paint brush manufacturing, fiber-reinforced plastic materials, and adhesives for structural and all other purposes. Other purposes? Flooring purposes too of course. While epoxies are readily available in hardware stores these days, perfectly convenient for DIY exponents, there is not a chance that commercial enterprises will be looking the other way. Better to deal with epoxy flooring specialists than the proverbial light or cheaper alternatives.
That’s it then. Your brief intro to epoxy floor applications.