Epoxy coating facts
The use of epoxy coating systems has started in central Europe at the beginning of the industrial age early in the 20th century. The European material suppliers Swan Coatings uses have been supplying coating solutions for over a century.
Traditionally, epoxy coatings have been used for industrial applications to protect concrete floors in warehouses, factories, treatment plants, etc. from contaminations such as oils, acids, bases as well as ensuring hygienic work spaces for industrial kitchens and manufacturing.
Only recently have epoxy floor coating systems been acknowledged as architectural features. They not only allow a great sophisticated, seamless, clean modern look but also provide a durable, easy to maintain finish. With no limit colour, imprinted picture or writing, flake or aggregate, any despired look can be created. Thanks to the wide range of aggregates, we can tailor the level of anti-slip treatment within the coating to your very need to ensure you comply with your OH&S obligations as well ensure you are safe.
You might like the epoxy floor coating in your open living space completely smooth and use the natural grip of the epoxy as sufficient anti-slip, which will make it a breeze to keep clean. But you might also like a very high level of anti-slip for your pool perimeter, shower area, commercial garage or external walkway, hospital or school. No matter, your need, we will have a floor coating solution for you.
Some people are concerned about the use of epoxy floor coatings in their home or in childcare centres or hospital as they worry about the chemicals. Epoxy coatings, polyurethane coatings and acrylic coatings are completely safe after their chemical curing time, which is typically seven days depending on the environmental conditions. Irrespective, Swan Coatings recognizes the special need of hospitals, schools, child minding facilities or living quarters to be safe from dangerous chemicals at all time. We therefore offer our customers a water-based alternative if the situation requires it. Water-based epoxies have been improved in quality and durability dramatically over the last few years.
It is true that almost any surface can be treated with epoxies, polyurethanes or acrylics these days.
The most important aspect is the right assessment and treatment of the substrate. It is vital that an expert such as Swan Coatings is consulted to ensure the correct substrate preparation to provide you with the correct base for your coating.
The German Standards require any concrete crack wider than 0.2mm to be repaired prior to coating works. The concrete surface must be free of contaminations. Don’t worry; if your concrete has been contaminated with oil, dirt, etc., we have the right treatments to make it suitable for the application of epoxy, polyurethane or acrylic. If you are planning of applying an epoxy coating to a new concrete, it is important to advise the concreter to NOT use curing agents. We will test your concrete for its moisture content, which shall not exceed 4% at the time of the coating installation.
Swan Coatings has developed a coating system for sustainable decking and wood-plastic composite materials. We are the only coating business in Adelaide that shares a product range for sustainable decking and also has NATA accredited certificates for the anti-slip levels.
We are using high quality grinding equipment to prepare your concrete for its coating treatment with industrial vacuums attached and edge protectors to minimize the dust and protect existing skirting boards.