Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How do I maintain and look after the floor?

    Swan Coatings will provide you a maintenance regime recommendation how to best look after your new look floor to ensure its lasting beauty.

  2. Which level of anti-slip do I require?

    The level of anti-slip depends on your obligations based on the Australian Standards as well as personal preference. We will discuss your minimum requirements with you and show you samples and solutions for the various levels of anti-slip that can be applied as part of the coating system.

  3. Can the coatings be applied outside?

    Yes, we apply polyurethane coatings and acrylic coatings outside as they more flexible and softer than epoxy coatings and UV stable.

  4. Will the coatings chalk?

    Traditional epoxy coatings can chalk when exposed to extreme UV as the Australian sun. Depending on the project, Swan Coatings therefore uses epoxies with a UV stabilizer added or protects the epoxy with a polyurethane wear coat.

  5. Do you use water-based or solvent-based epoxies?

    Swan Coatings uses both depending on the project. Both are completely safe once cured but have their advantages and disadvantages, we will explain to you during our consultation.

  6. What will you test the floor for during your inspection?

    We will inspect and test your floor for curing agents, existing contamination, cracks and chips, moisture content.

  7. Will existing cracks and chips still be visible after the coating?

    In accordance with the German Standards and manufacturer recommendations, we will repair all chips and any cracks wider 0.2mm to ensure they will not come through the coating unless you instruct us otherwise.

  8. How long will the floor finish last?

    That depends very much on the applied coating system and its usage. Typically, for domestic applications, coatings can last up to 20 years. We will discuss the different options with you.

  9. What if I want a different colour in a few years?

    Depending on the selected coating system and the level of slip resistance applied to your project, the colour of your floor can be changed without having to remove the whole system and without the full cost of new system.

  10. Epoxies being chemicals, is it safe for children and food?

    Yes, epoxy floors are completely safe after the curing period has elapsed. For commercial kitchens, we have specialist coatings.

  11. How much will it cost?

    That depends on factors such as current condition of the floor, selected coating system, selected anti-slip level, size of your floor. Contact us via phone or email and we are able to give you a price range based on the information you provide.

  12. Will control joints show through?

    Control joints allow the concrete to move without cracking, They must remain. We can cover them with the coating or fill them with the correct joint filler, depending on your preference. Refer also to our gallery.

  13. Do I need perimeter joints?

    We do recommend having Swan Coatings install a perimeter joint to protect your coating but it is not essential.

  14. How long will it take?

    The installation of a proper coating system including preparation typically takes a week as we need meet the curing times between coats. If your situation requires a faster turn around, please contact Swan Coatings to discuss other possibilities.

  15. Can it be applied on walls?

    Yes, our coatings can be applied on walls and up covings. We are currently working with a manufacturer to develop a system that can be applied on top of waterproofing such as a shower area,

  16. Are there any weather limitations?

    Epoxy coatings and polyurethane coatings shall not be applied above 30 degrees Celsius.

  17. Will the preparation be dusty?

    We will take the utmost care to minimize dust. We are using dustless grinding equipment and have vacuums fitted to our grinding equipment.

  18. Will my existing skirting boards get damaged?

    No, we have protectors on our grinding equipment to not damage existing skirting boards but recommend skirting boards to be fitted after the coating works if possible.