Adding a firm layer of protection on top of walkable and drivable concrete is highly important. As it’s a porous, flexible, set flooring material, concrete will eventually wear down and develop faults, ridges, trenches, and potholes. As well as being expensive, complicated, and time-consuming to repair, concrete damage can also become a risk to personal safety by causing trips, spills, and falls.
Epoxy resin floor paint is a great way to protect high-traffic concrete surfaces from wear, scrapes, and chips while saving money. One layer of concrete floor paint can extend the lifespan of your concrete floor years (depending on the material used and the strength of the top screed).
Like everything else in the world of construction, a resin floor coating will eventually wear out. The good news is that the resin coating can simply be repainted once signs of wear start to show up. Catching a worn painted floor quickly could save you thousands of pounds in floor replacement and restoration. Here are three visible signs that it’s time to consider another coat for your concrete.
1) Patches and Cracks
The most straightforward sign that new paint is needed is if the old paint is starting to disappear and wear through. With time, traffic will gradually destroy the paint surface and cut through to the concrete underneath. If your floor is being used in an intense industrial space, corrosive chemical spills, impacts, and heat damage can wear away heavy-duty paint faster. Natural subsidence and building movement can also cause issues. Chips, holes, cracks, and discolouring are all signs that your painted floor is wearing out. If your painted floor is over five years old, you should start to see these appear naturally.
2) Rough Surfaces and Ingrained Dirt
With time, the smooth initial coat of paint on the floor will wear down into a rougher, microporous layer as the epoxy is gradually worn away. These tiny holes and dents make it easier for dirt and dust to cling to the surface.
If you’re finding your concrete floor increasingly challenging to clean or stains and ingrained mess just won’t shift, it may be a sign that the paint is wearing out at a microscopic level – even if there are no large, obvious signs of damage present.
3) Slippery Floors
Epoxy is a high-gloss paint. This means that it’s relatively frictionless and can become very slippery in neutral or wet conditions. While this quality is good for moving wheeled vehicles across painted floors and cleaning, it can make foot traffic unsafe. To combat this, many resin floor owners choose to apply an extra, slip-resistant layer of finish to the top of the paint. This makes it safe for pedestrians to use regularly.
If the floor is becoming noticeably slippery again (particularly when being cleaned with liquid), it may be time to reapply the top layer or repaint the floor altogether.
Concrete Floor Coating from Central Flooring
At Central Flooring, our experienced contractors offer a beginning-to-end installation and repair service, adapted to whatever your resin flooring system needs. Give us a call to find out more.
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