The Advantages of Epoxy Flooring

On a normal day we hardly pay attention to flooring at all. Only when we encounter a gap or hole and it is blatantly noticeable do we consider the option of replacement. Epoxy flooring is an extremely popular choice these days mostly because to its durability, which makes it feasible for areas that get a lot of traffic such as offices, malls, restaurants, and so on.

What Is Epoxy Flooring?

It is a thermosetting polymer manufactured from a mixture of a hardening agent and liquid resin. It protects the existing flooring from chemicals, heat, traffic, dust, and moisture by creating a thick and seamless coating.

 Advantages of Using Epoxy Flooring

  • As mentioned before, it is durable and hardy, thus making it a good choice for floors, especially in the garage or basement. Epoxy flooring has the ability to withstand automobile damage, cracking, stains, and peeling.
  • Since this type of flooring is available in different colors and styles, you can create a customized look. You can try out various designs and patterns using a single color or you can mix several shades to get a hip and attractive feel.
  • If there is a crack or hole in the flooring, the chances of someone tripping and getting injured increase greatly. Epoxy flooring enhances the safety as it creates a slip, heat, impact, and fire resistant shield.
  • There is active usage of green building materials which pave the way for providing an environment-friendly flooring solution. In areas susceptible to flammability and solvent odors, greener water based epoxies are being used.
  • These are self-leveling products, which allow for easy and quick application, unless any special preparation is required. It goes like this – patching, cleaning, etching, applying base coat, one or two layers of epoxy, and a final coat on the top. Depending on the area, the procedure can be completed in 12 hours, with a full chemical cure for the duration of 48-72 hours.
  • Last but not the least, the epoxy flooring will last for years to come as it is a durable and hard wearing surface, which make it a very cost-effective solution.

Want to know more about epoxy flooring products? Southwest Professional Painting will be happy to provide you with suitable solutions once we know your requirements. Call today for a free estimate on your epoxy floor project, 602-490-0979.

 

Tips to Mask a Wall before Painting

Masking walls before painting interiors has become a job which one dreads. However, it doesn’t have to be that way – if you follow a few simple tips, you will be surprised to discover that it can be quick and easy.

 Choosing the tape

Before the job, you need to make sure that you buy the best painter’s tape. The formerly 3M Scotch Safe Release Painter’s Tape, now known as “blue” tape, is a good choice as it is available in numerous widths. The tape can stick to the surface till 14 days without causing damage and it is easy to remove. Frog Tape is a new painter’s tape being used these days. The name comes from its green color and when the edges come in contact with latex paint, they seal so your paint does not leak or bleed. Carefully read the instructions on the painter’s tape as they clearly mention surfaces where the tape can’t be used for masking such as lacquer, delicate or faux finishes. Also, you shouldn’t apply painter’s tape on paint that is less than a month old, because it will peel off along with the tape.

How to mask walls

The surface should be clean and completely dry. Remove dirt, dust, oil, or any other residue, because they won’t let the tape stick to the wall and instead cause runs and seepage.

  • Always test if the tape is adhering properly. If you notice that it isn’t, you might need to choose another one.
  • While masking the wall, keep in mind that the wall should be properly prepared for the new paint. Sand and smooth the wall before painting because painter’s tape doesn’t stick to surfaces that are not smooth and even. Check to see if the tape is smooth – if not, then the wall is not prepared for painting.
  • When applying the tape to the wall, don’t stretch it or try to pull it too thin (saving the tape is not an option here). The correct way to do it is to pull the tape from the roll and smoothing it to the wall without stretching. This will ensure proper adhesion. If necessary, use a small squeegee, putty knife or J-roller to smooth the tape further.

Consult an expert at Southwest Professional Painting so that we can tell you how to go about masking walls in the most accurate way. Call us and our representative will get back to you right away.