Long-lasting concrete coatings come from great preparation. For that reason, industrial coating of concrete is best done by experts. It is crucial to know how to impart tensile strength across cracks, how to create the correct texture of a floor for coatings to bond to, and how to mitigate moisture vapor transmission, or MVT. We are the biggest concrete nerds we know, and this know-how comes from years in the industry. We will help you understand the steps to create your floor and the trade offs between the choices.
Solid Color Epoxy
Vinyl chip epoxy floors were invented in the late 1960’s, and like The Beatles, they quickly rose to popularity.
Unfortunately, vinyl chip floors became so popular that paint companies flooded the market with do-it-yourself kits. Those early chip floors you’ve seen are probably a result of poor installation and misuse of material. The kits didn’t include grinding machines, so the surface prep suffered and the epoxies were usually diluted 30-40% with solvents to make installation easier.
Professional grade installations wear much differently. When we do a chip floor, we start by repairing, profiling and mitigating moisture. That is followed by surface prep with 16 mils of 100% solids epoxy, then broadcast designer chips to rejection. We often order custom blends for projects.
After the epoxy has cured, we take up all the excess chips then coat the floor with two more layers of resin. The last coat of resin is five times more than abrasion resistant than the epoxy.