The Essential Qualities of a Good Floor Coating System

As a general rule, the required properties of a floor coating cannot be met by a single coat. Typically three or four coats that have been balanced with each other are necessary for a long term performance of the floor coating system. The various coats in a multi-coat system can be designated as follows:

1. PRIMER - its functions are:

  • to act as the basis of the multi-coat system
  • to provide adhesion between substrate and coating
  • to protect the substrate against environmental influences (e.g. corrosion)
  • to protect subsequent coats from the substrate (e.g. the alkalinity of concrete): barrier layer

2. BODY COAT - could be one or more coats depending upon the thickness specified and functionality - its functions are:

  • to improve the barrier effect of the primer
  • to create optimum surface for the topcoat - covering, levelling of substrate roughness, grindability
  • to absorb mechanical load
  • to build the required thickness
  • to optical properties - color, gloss, design, etc.

3. TOPCOAT - its functions are:

  • weatherability (e.g. UV radiation, humidity, etc.)
  • chemical resistance (e.g. battery acid, chemical spills, etc.)
  • resistance to solvents
  • impart abrasion resistance to the body coat
  • act as wear layer

The individual coats in a multi-coat floor coating system need to be balanced to each other. Multi-coat systems can have an over all thickness of up to 1/4" or sometimes even more.

Duraamen has floor coatings that can be as thin as 5 mils and they can be as thick as 1/4". For floor conditions requiring more than 1/4" thickness, we recommend building the thickness with self-leveling concrete.

Duraamen Industrial and Polished Concrete Flooring Products are designed to provide labor saving and long lasting flooring solutions. Talk to an expert about your flooring challenges...Please Call + 973 230 1301 / eMail Us

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