High Build and Thin Mil Systems
High Build Epoxy
High build epoxies are usually higher solids liquids that build up to a thick floor. This provides for some really great strength and aesthetic appeal. An average High build system should be between 15-25 mils. That is to say 15-25 pieces of paper thick. This type of system is great for residential and commercial alike. Its extremely versatile, too. Different aggregates can be added to it or even broadcast into it, and the color choice is as broad as normal paint; so the possibilities are endless. It is best to top coat this with a clear high performance urethane.
Thin mil epoxies are very viscous liquids. They float over the substrate to give it exactly enough material to make the floor look amazing. This is perfect for inside the house where it will only get foot traffic wear and tear. An average thin mil system should be between 3-14 mils. That is to say 3-14 pieces of paper thick. The color choice is as broad as normal paint; so the possibilities are endless. It is best to top coat this with a clear high performance urethane.
The substrate can be prepared by mechanical grinding , shot-blasting, or scarifying. This accomplishes 2 things: it allows for the epoxy to properly bond to the substrate, and gets rid of most of the imperfections. Once the substrate has been prepared, we can begin patching any holes, filling joints, and removing any other imperfections before rolling out the epoxy.
CURE (DRY) TIME
Depending on the high build system you choose, it could take anywhere from 1 hour to 24 hours for each layer of paint to cure(dry). There are some epoxies that will allow you to use your floor after its been coated as soon as 1 hour, but for most jobs you will need to wait 12 hours from the time the last section of floor was completed. This can vary greatly, as every project is specially tailored to each individual customer. Our guys will be sure to inform you of when your floor will be available to you, and how to maintain it. We take all the worry out each project by keeping you in the loop from beginning to end.
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