Epoxy resin flooring is durable and can be manufactured to meet any special requirements from anti slip to chemical resistant to abrasion impervious with many variations in between. Reepol has been doing this for decades. However, there is one factor that is a basic component of all epoxy resin flooring and that is its seamless factor. This is a special added bonus to the floor covering that is nothing more or less than a feature of epoxy resin and how it is applied.
The epoxy is applied to a substrate that is either brand new and free from any debris or repaired and spotlessly clean. It is brushed on or applied with a roller in one continuous application where there are no unnecessary joins or connections. That is, there are no seams in an epoxy floor covering.
It might seem like a great benefit in the actual installation of the flooring to simply paint it on, but the real benefit is in the seam-free aspect of the floor. Without seams, there is no possibility of something getting wedged in a seam that creates a tripping hazard.
There is also no possibility of dirt and bacteria collecting in a seam creating a health hazard or the accumulation of the kind of dust and crud that can get in the way of a delicate job. If the industrial use of the building involves food or chemicals or any other such delicate preparations, a flooring surface with dirty and bacteria laden seams can cause disastrous results.
Even if the flooring is not in a place involved with food preparation, seams make cleaning difficult. They can also create openings where the flooring can become damaged over time.
Reepol’s flooring solutions are epoxy and polyurethane based resins. The essence of epoxy resins is that they are produced industrially from raw materials derived from petroleum which are are formed from a long chain molecular arrangement with reactive sites formed with epoxy groups at the ends. There are two ring groups in the middle of the epoxy molecule which absorb mechanical and thermal stresses. To state this more simply, the building block of an epoxy resin floor covering is a molecule that withstands wear and tear as well as being heat resistant.
When you apply an epoxy resin floor, you mix the base and hardener in specific ratios and a chemical reaction between the two hardens into an inert solid plastic. Co-reactants and additives can be combined during the chemical reaction stage.live streaming film The Infiltrator 2016
These co-reactants result in epoxy resins with numerous special mechanical properties such as high temperature, UV and chemical resistance. Additives such as quartz aggregates, coloured aggregates, PVA flakes, aluminium oxide or even rubber add anti-slip and anti-static properties, impact resistance, and a wide variety of other features to meet any surface needs. Reepol are always researching and developing new flooring solutions based on the possibilities which appear to be endless.
The point of this side trip into how Reepol’s flooring solutions are created helps explain how the epoxy resin is a spreadable liquid that quickly hardens into a seamless and durable floor coating that can last for years and meet even the most stringent requirements.
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