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How Safe is Epoxy Flooring?
At New Era Epoxy Flooring, our team of experienced professionals has worked with clients in a variety of industries to install highly durable, extremely safe epoxy surfaces. From residential spaces to industrial work areas, and even hospitals, our team’s work can be seen in communities throughout Texas. To help answer a few common questions people have about epoxy surfaces, we decided to spend a little time going over the aspects of epoxy solutions that make it a safe, reliable flooring option.
When they’re installed the right way by a team of experienced professionals, epoxy floors can provide an aesthetically pleasing finish for any surface. While it may look as if it is slippery, or even dangerous to walk on, the reality is that these high-quality surfaces are extremely comfortable underfoot, and also much safer than some more traditional flooring options.
Aside from the concerns about how safe epoxy can be to walk on, quite a few people have expressed concern about whether or not epoxy flooring installations are safe because of the chemicals involved. The answer to the question is that it can be completely safe when handled the right way. Similar to applying a layer of paint, any area where epoxy is applied needs to be properly ventilated during the hardening process. While the chemicals used are not immediately harmful, it is always best to circulate clean air through an area to encourage proper hardening and prevent a buildup of fumes in an enclosed space.
Added Safety Benefits of Epoxy
In addition to the obvious aesthetic benefits of an epoxy surface, many people have wondered about how safe it is overall. The good news is that epoxy flooring is designed to be slip-resistant, and is also fire-resistant! Epoxy floors are comprised of two basic elements, a resin, and a hardening solution. Once these two chemicals have been properly applied to your existing surface areas, you will have a new floor that is resistant to slips, scratches, liquids, and other potential problems that could typically be hard to deal with on a traditional flooring material.
Are the Chemicals Harmful?
The short answer to this question is no, the chemicals used to create an epoxy surface finish are not harmful to you, your children, or even your pets. While they do contain a strong odor similar to a layer of fresh paint, that concern can be dealt with easily by making sure the area is properly ventilated. Once the curing process has been fully completed and your surface is ready for use though, it will be safe in every way.
It is important to keep in mind though, that hiring a professional with the right knowledge and experience is very important when thinking about installing an epoxy solution. If the chemicals are not mixed properly, or if certain steps of the preparation process are overlooked, then there is a risk of problems down the road. While there are DIY kits available for epoxy flooring options, using them is not recommended unless you have previous knowledge and experience in the industry.
So, is Epoxy Safe to Use?
When handled the right way, and when installed by a team of talented professionals, epoxy is absolutely safe to use. While there is a need to properly ventilate an area during the application process to prevent strong odor build-up, there is no risk of harm for you, your children, or pets. More importantly, the area needs to be left alone just like a fresh coat of paint so that the surface can cure properly and provide the crisp, glass-like appearance that is the hallmark of epoxy flooring.
New Era Epoxy Flooring: Safe Flooring Solutions for Everyone
At New Era Epoxy Flooring, our team is committed to leading the industry in epoxy flooring techniques and surface applications to give our clients unique, customized surfacing solutions. As a slip and fire-resistant flooring option, epoxy flooring can do more than simply look good in a person or on photos; it can provide your surfaces with greater resistance to damage, scratches, nicks from falling objects, and even liquids that could otherwise infiltrate your floors. With epoxy flooring, you can clean your surfaces quickly and easily, and the application process takes surprisingly little time!
To find out more about epoxy flooring options, or to learn about the services we offer, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team right away!