The Three Elements of a Durable High-Performance Flooring System
In general, an epoxy or similar resinous flooring system to be installed over a concrete slab will consist of three basic layers:
- Primer. Concrete is an inherently porous substance, so the surface of the concrete slab must first be coated with a primer to properly seal the concrete, prior to applying additional build coats or topcoats. At Tennant Coatings, we use a multipurpose epoxy to prime the surface for our 25 mil flooring systems.
- Build Coat. As the middle layer of the flooring system, the build coat is the main body of the system, providing the desired level of thickness and contributing to weight bearing and impact resistance. Oftentimes, colorants are incorporated into this layer.
- Topcoat.The topcoat of a flooring system is, as its name suggests, the outermost layer of the flooring surface. In addition to providing a glossy or satin finish, the topcoat acts as the initial barrier between the flooring system and the external environment. The chemical resistant and aliphatic (light stable) properties of our high performance 25 mil systems come from our various topcoats. Colorants are also incorporated into this layer as well.
The Benefits of a High-Performance Topcoat
As the layer of the flooring system that interacts directly with the outside world, the topcoat of any high performance 25 mil system is the most important when it comes to chemical resistance, slip resistance, and durability in the face of heavy wheeled traffic. In the absence of a durable topcoat, the chemicals used in manufacturing and transportation can easily take their toll on the flooring system, causing extensive damage that can necessitate costly repairs. We offer topcoat options that are low-odor and low VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) to meet your facility’s needs.
In addition to functional elements, topcoats also contribute to the aesthetics of the floor. Available in gloss or satin finishes, these topcoats can have an effect on the visual appeal of the space, as well as a practical impact – high gloss top coats can help reflect existing light back into the environment, improving illumination which can help lower energy costs.
Tennant Coatings’ High Performance 25 mil Flooring Systems
For years, Tennant Company has produced floor cleaning equipment that have been trusted the world over. We are also proud to offer a wide selection of flooring systems and products, including multiple high performance 25 mil options. You know your facility better than anybody else, and we can help use that information to find the flooring system that will be best for your functional needs, budget, and aesthetic goals. Contact us today!