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What Is the Best Industrial Floor Paint?


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Unfortunately, there’s no one industrial floor paint that will suit every location. While many industrial facilities have things like heavy foot traffic in common, each has unique needs.

For example, concrete floors might need protection against harsh chemicals in a tire manufacturing plant, while a car manufacturer might require flooring that can bear the weight of heavy machinery.

Before comparing floor coating systems, it’s wise to consider what abuse your industrial flooring will take. In this article, we’ll go through the most popular industrial coatings and where they work the best.

Epoxy Paint Industrial Coatings

Many people use the terms epoxy paint and epoxy resin interchangeably; however, they are very different. Epoxy industrial floor paint is a high-quality compound you can apply to various surfaces.

Like epoxy resin, it is hard-wearing, easy to maintain, and simple to clean. It contains acrylic paint to allow for a wide range of customizable colors. The epoxy within the paint provides a high-gloss effect.

The paint dries relatively quickly, making it a good choice when you need fast results. The primary difference between epoxy paint and resin is the level of epoxy content. Epoxy resin is the stronger of the two, but the paint is slightly more versatile.

Epoxy Resin

Epoxy resin has a thermoset plastic base and will not harden unless mixed with the correct polyamide catalyst. The base takes a few days to cure completely, but with the correct topcoat, it is move-in ready within 24 to 48 hours.

The application of epoxy resin requires a specialist. The contractor first roughens the concrete by grinding away the dirty surface. They then apply the resin, cast flakes if necessary, and level it out before leaving it to cure.

The epoxy settles into a smooth continuous surface without any sign of brush strokes, and you can select a high-gloss or matte finish. Unlike industrial floor paint, the result is a perfectly sealed floor with an even layer of epoxy.

The resin bonds to the concrete, meaning it won’t chip, flake, or peel off. It’s:

  • Easy to clean
  • Waterproof
  • Heat-resistant
  • Durable
  • Customizable
  • Low maintenance
  • Scratch and scuff resistant

It’s also a highly versatile medium into which you can incorporate various additives. For example, adding different aggregates improves traction on the surface. Pigments and metallic elements add interest and a show-stopping finish.

You may select various colors and flake combinations to create a custom look for your property. You may also increase the durability of the flooring by adding a polyaspartic coating over the top of the resin.

The downside is that you cannot use epoxy resin on walls. The initial capital outlay is pricey, but you’ll recoup the cost by saving on maintenance and replacement costs over several years.

Acrylic Paint

Painting directly onto the concrete is not advisable because it is so porous. Getting an even finish is somewhat tricky because of the concrete’s permeability and because it’s a conduit for moisture from its surroundings.

You must choose a specialist product if you’re considering using acrylics as your industrial floor paint. Paints for this purpose contain compounds that help the color expand and contract as the concrete does.

While these paints are more expensive initially, they produce long-lasting results. Standard paints will chip and peel very quickly, meaning that you’ll face a revamp again before long.

However, even when you do use specialist products, be prepared for maintenance every couple of years. Unlike epoxy, acrylic paint does not chemically bond with the surface and will peel and crack eventually.

Epoxy Terrazzo Flooring

We’re sneaking this one in here because it’s more of a covering than a paint. However, it’s worthy of inclusion because it is attractive. For epoxy terrazzo flooring, contractors create a mosaic-like effect using several additives.

These additives include a diverse range of substances such as small bits of marble and granite, quartz for shine, recycled glass, synthetic flakes, and even mother of pearl.

The result is a mishmash of colors and textures that creates a beautiful surface. Using this technique, it’s possible to create patterns, designs, and logos in a most aesthetically-pleasing manner.

It’s also possible to replicate the look of more expensive materials at a fraction of the cost.

Speak to Con-tek Floors, Your Flooring Specialists

Now that you understand more about industrial floor paint, it’s time to get your free estimate. Call our friendly team at (970) 632-0648 to schedule an on-site visit, where our inspector will discuss your options and provide you with an accurate quote.

What are concrete coatings?

Our epoxy floor coatings are a concrete resurfacing option that is installed over existing concrete floors for both interior and exterior concrete. All of our coatings are installed by hand (we do not use any stamps), thus giving our clients a true, one-of-a-kind floor. We install a wide range of flooring systems such as: 100% solid epoxy, concrete stain, acrylic cement, and rubber based products.

Clients have the ability to customize any coating with our various color options and design techniques. Concrete Coatings are used not only in residential, but industrial and recreational settings as well. ConTek Coating uses only the highest quality, industrial products on the market to ensure every customer is getting the best value.

How Much Do Your Concrete Floor Coatings Cost?

Each project is customized to your particular concrete flooring needs. Every job we do is different, because we offer different types of coatings and finishes.  We will work with you to develop a free estimate keeping your budget in mind. 

How Durable Are Your Epoxy Concrete Coating Systems??

We use only industrial products on all of our epoxy floor projects. They are designed to give clients the most value and longevity over any other coating material on the market. Just to give you an idea of how strong our products are, we installed an epoxy flake floor in the garage of a Fire Station in 2008 to protect the firehouse’s garage from dirt, debris, salt, and the extreme work environment. Due to our expertise and industrial coatings, we have yet to receive a repair call. Those same products are used in all of our residential projects.

How long does a typical epoxy flooring project take to complete?

A typical residential project takes approximately 3 – 5 days to complete depending on several variables. Variables include, but are not limited to: size of job, repairs and/or preparation requirements, weather, additional design details, customer requests, etc.

What if I already have an existing concrete coating?

We must grind off any existing coating and repair materials before we can install any of our concrete coatings. This ensures the integrity and longevity of our flooring systems.

How Long Do I Need To Stay Off My Concrete Floor Coating After It Is Installed?

If using 100% solids epoxy, your floor will be cured and walkable in about 12-18 hours. You can return to full heavy traffic after about 24 - 72 hours. Wait for at least 24 hours before moving light weight furniture on your brand new concrete coating flooring. Before moving anything heavy (car, equipment and furniture).

How do you prepare concrete for resurfacing?

We start every project by first preparing the concrete for our products. It is imperative that we have a fresh concrete surface before installing our concrete coatings on your project – this will allow our products to have only the BEST mechanical bond.

We spend approximately 66% of the project prepping your floor which may either be by diamond grinding or shot grinding the concrete (depending on the location of the project) and in some cases we do both! Some contractors will come in and just acid wash or not even prep your floor – we get calls all the time about botched installs with customers asking if we can save their project; we must start fresh every time.

Will I Need To Reseal My Concrete Floor Coating?

If you follow our maintenance and cleaning guidelines, you should not have to worry about resealing the concrete floor coating. We offer a professional grade cleaner that will easily remove stains or tire marks, but will also preserve the life of your concrete coating topcoat.

What If My Concrete Floor Has Cracks, Chips And Is Old?

No worries, we are experts in repairing existing problem areas of concrete. In some cases we have been found to be a cheaper alternative over tearing out and replacing existing slabs of concrete. Once we have saved your concrete we then install our decorative designs to hide the flaws and repairs.

How Do I Care For My Concrete Floor Coating?

You can clean our concrete coatings with typical sweeping or mopping. 

Will Oil Stain My Concrete Floor Coating?

Epoxy floor coatings are extremely resistant to most hazards, including cleaners, gas, oil, transmission fluid, and even most industrial chemicals. Our epoxy concrete coatings system is both oil and moisture resistant.

Who Invented Polyurea Coatings?

Andy Phelan, director of business development and training at Rhino Linings Corporation, explains, “Polyurea was invented in the early 1980s when a less moisture-sensitive form of polyurethane was desired. By replacing the hydroxyl group in the urethane with an amine group, a product we now call polyurea was formed.

What Are Polyurea Concrete Coatings?

Polyurea is useful for concrete floors, as it quickly and strongly bonds to concrete while providing a smooth, virtually impermeable surface that protects the floor from impact, water damage, chemicals, heat, and sunlight.

What Types Of Environments Can Epoxy Floor Coatings Be Used?

Epoxy flooring coatings can be used in a variety of environments.  The durability, slip resistant finish is fantastic for any industrial setting, storefronts or garages.

How Are Epoxy Floor Coatings Applied?

We have perfected a six step process for applying Epoxy Floor Coatings that involves prepping the floor, prime floor with epoxy primer, fill all cracks, holes with epoxy grout, then apply epoxy paint. 

Can I Apply Epoxy Floor Coatings In Cold Temperatures?

You can!  Epoxy can be used at cold temperatures but must be handled and applied with techniques adapted to cold temperatures.

Do I Need To Hire A Professional To Install Epoxy Floor Coating?

Installing Epoxy Floor Coating correctly is critical to the appearance and durability of your flooring.  Hiring a professional is the best way to ensure that your flooring will look amazing and last a lifetime! 

Does My Concrete Floor Coating Come With A Warranty?

We provide a 10 year warranty on your concrete floor coatings against peeling, delamination and wear for as long as you own your home.

Where We Service

We service Weld County, CO cities and the surrounding areas including:

Weld County, CO

Location

Con-tek Coating and Polishing of Greeley, CO

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710 11th Ave Ste. E302, Greeley, CO

Our List of Services

Here are the Different Services We Offer!

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High-Performance Coating

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Industrial Floor Coating

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USDA Approved Coatings

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Polished Concrete

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ESD Coatings

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Diamond Grinding

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Line Striping

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Corrosion Resistant Coatings

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Waterproof Deck Coatings

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Non-Slip Safety Coatings

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Moisture Vapor Barriers

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Impact Resistant Coatings

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Crack Bridging & Joint Fill

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Mastic & Glue Removal

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Shotblasting

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Surface Prep

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"Austin applied a polyaspartic epoxy solid-color coating to our garage. The work -- which included grinding off the old coating and the application of three coats of polyaspartic (primer coat + 2) -- was done meticulously. The new coating looks great and the sand added to the primer coat has eliminated the slippery nature of the old coating. Austin was exceptional to deal with from start to finish. He communicated by phone, e-mail & text...always in a timely and totally professional manner. I highly recommend this company."

Robert M.
Verified Client

"Finally built a shop and I had the concrete floor coated by Con-tek Floors. No regrets, awesome job! I am a very detailed person and Austin did a great job. You can tell he takes great pride in his work. Great customer service. I highly recommend Con-tek Floors!"

Craig B.
Verified Client

"We hired Austin to level our basement floors before we installed vinyl flooring. He was on time, a pleasure to work with, clean, reasonable and our basement floors look amazing. We recommend and we would use his services again. After the floors were completed he was kind enough to drop off a thank you and some delicious coffee for us try. Thank you Austin!"

Katrina Y.
Verified Client