Installing a 3-Part Epoxy Floor in Warwick, RI

Posted on Monday, July 11, 2016

We were recently contracted to install a 2-part epoxy flooring system throughout an 87,000 sq ft facility for a new client in Warwick, RI. We quickly embraced the new product line they requested, consulted with their technical team, and began the installation process.

The installation also called for blue traffic aisles to be installed over the base system. This sort of direction can be a huge benefit for a busy industrial facility, providing guidance, safety, and efficiency, much like traffic lanes threading their way through a congested intersection. For more information about the benefits of safety painting and markers, be sure to visit this article we dedicated to the topic.

Preparing a Concrete Floor for an Epoxy Coating

A quality epoxy flooring installation begins with thorough surface preparation. It’s never wise to build on a damaged or faulty surface, or to apply epoxy over old, failed coatings. The clock needs to be turned back completely, which typically involves multiple steps of preparation.

So, how did we start?

  • We first shot blasted the surface to create an adequate profile.
  • We used diamond grinders to fine tune the corners, edges, and tight areas.
  • We patched the holes with a fast cure filler and filled the joints with a flexible epoxy.

Shot blasting and diamond grinding are too important to skip without an explanation. Here’s a quick look at what these processes include, and why they’re so critical:

  • Shot Blasting - Our dust-free shot blasters utilize centrifugal force to shoot the surface of your concrete with steel shot. Completely contained, this system effectively erases any old coatings or residue in a clean, efficient, and environmentally-friendly manner.
  • Diamond Grinding - This state-of-the-art equipment works in conjunction with shot blasting, helping to open the pores of your concrete and increasing its receptivity to the epoxy coating to come. This step allows for much more secure adhesion, offering you a longer-lasting floor system.

Adapting to a Last-Minute Change and Still Finishing On-Time

Just as we were about to begin the floor installation process, the product rep informed us that the system was being changed and would now require a 3rd coat. We quickly adjusted our plan, and were able to still complete the floor within the promised timeline.

An epoxy floor system is a versatile flooring option that can be adapted to meet a wide variety of industrial and commercial needs. If you have any questions for our team here at Kaloutas Painting, we hope you won’t hesitate to contact us. It would be our pleasure to serve you.

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