Our Work: Professional. Cost Effective. Timely.
Concrete Polishing Houston is a professional contractor who installs quality epoxy flooring in commercial, retail and residential settings. Our installers have years of experience and it shows with every job we complete. Laying an epoxy floor coating takes skill which all our installers have honed. Count on us to provide you with a beautiful and functional epoxy floor that is on schedule and on budget. You will be glad you hired us!
Our Materials: Professional Grade Epoxy Floor Coatings
The coatings we use are commercial grade two-part 100% solids epoxy resins formulated by polymer chemists. What we install cannot be purchased at your general home improvement store. Proper mixing and application requires lots of experience. Our flakes are composed of vinyl which are also created in a laboratory. Each color combination of vinyl flakes offered has been preselected to help you find an color scheme that works well in your business or home.
Our Recommendation: When To Install An Epoxy Floor
Epoxy floor coatings are topical solutions that work well in business settings where high-traffic and frequent chemical and biological spills are expected. Epoxy concrete coatings are chemical resistant and clean very easily. They can be installed with flakes and slip-resistant materials to protect your customers and employees from unwanted falls. Epoxy floors are commonly installed in warehouses, automotive shops, airplane hangars, commercial kitchens, lavatories, factories, pet stores, tattoos shops, medical facilities, etc.
Our Process: Installing Epoxy Floors
We start by manually prepping your concrete floor with diamond backed polishing machines, edgers and hand grinders. This is done to remove any debris or existing coating and to open up the concrete slab making it porous (ready to accept an epoxy resin).
Then we apply a commercial grade two-part epoxy resin to the floor. On top of that we broadcast flakes onto the surface and let it dry. Once dried, we carefully scrape the first coat and then seal it with another clear coat. The end result is a beautiful and durable epoxy floor that will last for years to come.
Our Designs: Selecting Your Epoxy Floor
There are lots of options that available to you when choosing an epoxy floor. You can select a solid color which is practical and works well in business settings. We carry a variety of standard colors but can also have custom colors made when needed. We can also apply a variety of colors to design walkways for directing traffic or scrimmage lines for distinguish sporting fields.
Another option is a decorative multi-colored flake finish. Vinyl flakes comes in a variety of sizes (1″, 1/4″, 1/8″ & 1/16″). Our standard flake size is 1/4″. The flakes, or chips as others call them, can be broadcasted at different densities (partial and full). Our standard epoxy flake floor is installed at full broadcast which means the entire floor is covered with vinyl flakes. However, if you are on a budget a partial broadcast is an option and looks very nice as well.
If you are going for a dramatic effect, metallic epoxy floors are absolutely stunning. They come is a variety of colors and can be mixed and matched to create different designs. Metallic epoxy flooring finishes are most popular in showrooms like the art gallery below or in residential homes.
Our Colors: Epoxy Flooring Samples
These are standard color and 1/4″ flake samples intended to give you an idea of what is available at no extra charge. Real life samples will be available to you during your design consultation. Custom colors, including metallic finishes, can be produced upon request.
Our Flake Sizes: Full Broadcast
Free Epoxy Flooring Estimates:
If you are coming close to starting your epoxy flooring project, call us to set up an appointment for a free estimate. We will come out to view your project, measure it, show you color samples and give you a written estimate. There are no hard sale tactics or obligations. We offer the best customer service and epoxy flooring installations in town and at competitive rates. If you are in the market for a floor, we know you will consider us. Should you have questions beforehand feel free to call us or start a live chat with one of our estimators.
The Advantages and Disadvantages of Applications of Epoxy Floors
By Steven Williamson
Updated January 03, 2018
Epoxy floors offer a chemically resistant surface for commercial and industrial flooring. Epoxy floor coatings are best applied over concrete floors to Shop floors retail environments, industrial buildings, auto service areas, warehouses, Commercial kitchens and commercial buildings. Epoxy floors make maintenance of the floors much easier, and protect concrete floors from absorption from contaminates.
Epoxy Floor Coatings
Most Epoxy coatings require mechanical preparation by a concrete grinder or shot blaster to create the surface profile recommended for application. Usually a surface profile of a 3 provides the porosity and the mechanical profile for lasting adhesion. The most common way to address large cracks (1/8 and up) is a mixture of sand and epoxy or cabisol. Small surface cracks are filled during the first coat of primer being squeegee-ed on the prepped surface. Epoxy coating prep-work is detrimental as coatings applied to smooth concrete is the equivalent of painting a piece of glass, which lacks absorption thus impossible to achieve a mechanical bond. Some manufactures recommend doing a water test to the surface of the concrete to test the concrete floors’ absorption. All previous layers of epoxy must be removed or your adhesion will only be as good as the existing coating and may not be chemically compatible. Ultimately you want to use products like Cement Shine(TM) that have been tested in a lab that pass a pull test. This occurs when a coating is pulled from the surface and the concrete comes with it.
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It’s important to download a products product data sheet and application instructions. Temperature, even surface temperature should be followed and any other manufacturer’s recommendations. There are probably over twenty different common mistakes an epoxy installer can make so following guidelines is key.
- Did they check for moisture issues?
- Would they know when to recommend a moisture barrier to prevent issues?
- Do they know what epoxy products meet the required specs?
- Do they know how to achieve a surface profile of a 3?
- Do they know how much product to mix?
- Do they know how long to mix the epoxy product?
- Do they know the pot-life or working time of the material?
- Do they have the skill to work fast enough to get it down?
- Do they know what mil-age to apply(thickness) and how to achieve this?
- Do they know how long to wait in between coats?
- Do they know how to achieve a finish without roller marks?
Epoxy Floor Coating Advantages
Epoxy floor coatings offer many advantages over many substitute flooring systems.
- Epoxy coatings can create a shiny high gloss and beautiful surface.
- Epoxy floors can have a faster turnaround for installation
- High durability then (depending on epoxy product testing data)
- In warehouses and industrial buildings preserves the concrete floor from contaminates.
- Chemically resistant to oil, water, and other harsh chemicals.
- Epoxy floors with proper maintenance can have very long lifetime value.
- Can hide a very ugly concrete stained floor
- Can meet Health requirements in food prep areas of restaurants or manufacturing plants
- Create a non-slip OSHA compliant floor conforming to American floor safety standards
- Create durable safety markings to designate fork lift traffic or hard had and safety apparel required areas
- Make cleaning a fast process
- Prevent concrete dusting
- Prevent expensive damage or environmental contamination of buildings
- Provides a clean environment for sensitive electrical or food manufacturing processes.
- Helps prevent unsanitary or bacterial growing environments
Epoxy Floor Coating Disadvantages
- Some acids and hydraulic fluids can damage surface requiring polyspartic, or polyurethane type topcoats or even Novalac type coatings.
- May require a moisture barrier, like with all flooring systems hydro-static gas can damage the flooring
- Many are harder than concrete, but it doesn’t mean bullet proof. You can damage an epoxy floor as you could a concrete floor.
- Major cracks can damage an epoxy floor as any other flooring system can be damaged with substrate shifting.
- The lack of knowledgeable Installers that understand the unique challenges and concrete surface issues
- Uninformed DIY installers installing substandard products with substandard methods resulting in substandard results that give real Commercial grade epoxies and installers a bad name.
For more detailed info on how we ensure the best quality epoxies see article below.