Epoxy is a common way to provide a sturdy, affordable coating to floors. We use three types of epoxy paint. Each type differs based on its ingredients:
100 Percent Solid:
This is the purest of epoxy paints and is known for its extreme durability. However, it’s challenging to apply because it cures and hardens very quickly. It’s purity also means it’s more expensive than other epoxy paints.
Water-based epoxy takes solid epoxy and mixes it with water, usually using a 40/60 ratio. This type of epoxy paint is ideal for homes, garage floor paint, and busy office buildings because the fumes it gives off are not harmful to breathe.
Solvent-based epoxy is a combination of solid epoxy with a chemical solvent. Like water-based epoxy, it utilizes a 40/60 ratio, but it’s not ideal for residential use due to the potent fumes it puts off. It makes a nice floor coating, but installation requires the use of protective gear, and visitors should not be in the area during the installation.
Slippery floors are dangerous and can lead to falls, injuries, spills, and worse. We often have customers ask us if epoxy floor coating is slippery. While floors of any material can result in slips, there are a few factors that determine how slippery your epoxy floor is. Take a look:
Does your floor need non-slip additive?
To answer this question, there are a couple of factors to keep in mind. The first factor is how you plan to use the floor. Spilled fluids like oil, anti-freeze, and cleaning chemicals can lead to slips and falls. If you use your garage as a workshop or do a lot of car maintenance, non-slip will make the environment safer for you.
The second factor to consider is the climate you live in. Here in San Antonio, the majority of our weather is hot and dry. However, we do get some rain here and there, which can make your garage floor slippery. If you’ve experienced problems with your garage getting slippery after a storm, then a non-slip additive will minimize that.
Your garage floor’s traction can be enhanced by using non-slip additives. To make a non-slip surface, we mix a non-slip material like grit or polymer beads into the epoxy. The additives are designed to appear translucent, so they won’t decrease the visual appeal of your floor. Call [company_name] today to discuss your non-slip epoxy floor options.