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PennCoat Epoxy Flooring Contractors – The Varying Characteristics of Epoxy

The term “epoxy” gets slung around as if there were only 1 type of epoxy used in every situation.  But contrary to the popular misconception, “epoxy” actually comes in a wide variety of hardeners and resins.  And here they are:

Epoxy Resins:

The resins used in epoxy don’t offer variety that the hardeners offer.  There are 3 types of resins:

  1. Bisphenol A Resin – This resin has a lot of viscosity, a moderate amount of flexibility, and a moderate amount of chemical resistance.
  2. Bisphenol F Resin – This resin is similar to the “Bisphenol A” variety, except its flexibility is on the lower end of the spectrum.
  3. Phenolic Novolac Resin – This resin offers a high amount of viscosity, but because it’s a novolac, it will become very hard, which means there is no room for flexibility.  Additionally, it is very chemical resistant.

Depending on what type of application the flooring or painting installer is searching for, they have a variety of epoxy options to choose from.  And a part of that reason is because of these (3) different types of epoxy resin.

Epoxy Hardeners:

Now, although there are 3 different resins to choose from, the epoxy hardeners have the largest range of selection, by offering up to 6 different hardeners.  Each of these hardeners has different sets of properties that they can offer, making the epoxy line-up a smorgasbord of commercial coating options.

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Installing Industrial Floors in Meat Plants

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Industrial Floors in Cold Facilities

Although you can’t tell from the picture, that room is actually 45 degrees F.  And according to most tech sheets, it’s recommended that most epoxies be installed in 65 degrees or warmer.  So, when this meat and seafood processing plant called us about their desire to upgrade their floors, it was obvious that this project would require some additional project management and solutions.

The room pictured above has a thin film coating.  This room is the shipping area, where after the meat gets packaged, it is transferred by fork lifts, onto shipping vessels to be delivered to their destination.  And the fork lifts are what’s causing this floor to fail.  The customer is looking for a floor that will not peal and delaminate from the substrate, and will provide some slip-resistant texture.

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