The Essential Qualities of a Good Floor Coating System

nbspThe Essential Qualities of a Good Floor Coating System | Duraamen Engineered Products Inc

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

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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.

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