Self smoothing epoxy coating repairs even uneven floors
When you picture an epoxy floor coating you are probably visualising a self smoothing epoxy coating. It is, namely, the most often used epoxy floor type. Self leveling epoxy coating is an excellent overlay for uneven floors, for it can repair run-down concrete and be used as a smooth primer for decorative treatments. What about self leveling? An epoxy coating is based on a polymer mixture of resin and hardener. By mixing the two compounds with a catalyst, a molecular chain becomes active. This starts an exothermic reaction which results in a smooth, flat and glossy (self smoothing) texture overlay on any floor.
Applications and advantages of epoxy flooring systems
There are three major purposes for applying a self leveling topping, namely:
- As an uneven or damaged floor correcting primer
Self leveling epoxy coating is often used as a base on the floor forming a smooth surface for carpet, tile or other floor covering applications.
- As a decorative overlay
Epoxy resins can be mixed with many colors. It is also possible to add decorative inlays (wood, metal), glitter or glow in the dark particles for a spectacular smooth floor. It additionally provides an attractive seamless and glossy look. Therefore, it is a popular choice among architects and real estate owners.
- For industrial purposes
The smooth surface makes self leveling epoxy coating ideal for heavy duty due to the fact that it can withstand placement and/ or movement of heavy machinery, big trucks and vehicles. Its even and seamless structure makes it easy to clean dirt, oil or even chemicals from the surface.
Self smoothing epoxy coating costs
Many online and offline stores sell self leveling coating. For example:
- Secrete Deep Base: floor leveling compound for £18.99 20kg (2,2 m2 5 mm thickness)
- Mapei Ultraplan: self leveling compound for £18.99 25 KG (6 m2 3 mm thickness)
- No Nonsense: 2-part compound for a variety of substrates £18.99 12,5 KG
For bigger projects, requesting quotes for price comparison is advised.
Looking for a self smoothing garage floor?
Self leveling epoxy coating provides an excellent solution for substrates also in garages. The floor is easy to clean and repels oil, dirt and harsh chemicals. Therefore, the product is ideal for garage owners who use the space for work or hobby purposes.
Equalising a garage floor with epoxy coating makes low points (where water puddles can form) a thing of the past. A smooth and even finish is also called “floating” in the coating industry. The best news of all: you can easily make your garage floor floating yourself. All you have to do is mix the compounds according to the instructions on the packaging and pour it over the substrate. The resin will flow with gravity to fill in the high and low levels of the floor to create an even overlay.
When the substrate is uneven
When the substrate is uneven or in bad condition, we advice to even out the surface before any applications. Grinding and using epoxy group fillers are suitable methods for equalising the surface. Furthermore, most surfaces require a primer to increase adhesion of the epoxy system. Let the primer dry completely before applying the self leveling epoxy coating. It is also important to apply a layer with maximum thickness of 1/4 inch. Any thinner layer exposes the surface to a risk of trowel marks, dents, roller marks and other uneven shapes on the floor
How to apply self smoothing epoxy coating?
When you have an even and properly prepared surface (with a primer), you can simply mix the compounds according to the manufacturer’s instruction and pour it onto the surface. Furthermore, use a spreader and/or roller to evenly spread out the coating: gravity will do the rest. Make also sure to use enough coating to ensure a thickness that allows covering flaws, dents and roller marks. You can also watch this short video for more detailed and visualised application instructions.