Regularly used across a variety of industries, epoxy is a chemically-created resin that is primarily utilized in coating and adhesion. Based from petroleum, epoxy starts as a liquid, but transforms into a clear-colored solid through the process of polymerization. Once epoxy is combined with a curing agent, be it temperature or another material, it cannot be uncured.
Which Types of Epoxy are Common?
- Bisphenol A: When it comes to epoxy coatings, Bisphenol A is by far the most commonly used. Because it comes in a variety of molecular weights, it is often employed in a range of settings, including flooring systems.
- Bisphenol F: While more expensive than its Bisphenol A counterpart, Bisphenol F epoxy offers unmatched strength in its solvent chemical resistance.
- Novolac: Engendering qualities of both Bisphenol A and F, Novolac has both the highest viscosity and the highest functionality.
Why is Epoxy Used?
Industries of all kinds opt for epoxy for a number of reasons, including:
- Low porosity
- Heat and chemical resistance
- Bonding and adhesion strength
- Attractive coating appearance
How is Epoxy Used?
Epoxy has risen in popularity and is used in an array of industrial settings, including:
- Fiberglass Mending: Commonly found in auto body shops, epoxy is used to repair damages on passenger cars, commercial trailers, and even the insides of boat hulls.
- Carpentry: Given its quick-setting and durable nature, some consider epoxy a comparable alternative to wood glue. The material is also used to coat matte wooden surfaces, such as tables.
- Metal and Wood Supplements: When wood rots or metal rusts, epoxy can cover up the damages and fill in the gaps.
- Bolt Reinforcement: Bolts that bear a lot of pressure and weight often benefit from the strength and protection provided by epoxy.
- Floor Coating: Perhaps one of the most common applications of epoxy is in floors, where it is often mixed with sand or grains of aluminum oxide for increased durability.
Does My Affordable Floors Use Epoxy?
Despite its popularity, there are significant dangers of epoxy finishing, most notably its toxicity. For this reason, My Affordable Floors, Inc. does not use epoxy and opts for other green finishes instead. To learn more about the superior flooring options of My Affordable Floors, Inc, and to receive a free, no obligation estimate, call 262-653-1120 or fill out our online contact form today!