EPOXY FLOORS IN NIGERIA- WHAT YOU MUST KNOW ABOUT IT!

The VCD came and Video player (VHS) went extinct. The computer sent typewriter packing. The flash drive gave the diskette a run for its existence etc... Now, the Epoxy floor will do the same to tiles, granite and marbled floors. 
WHAT IS AN EPOXY FLOOR?
An Epoxy floor is a kind of hard flooring techniques that is chemically created through the reaction of two or more Chemical substances; and it is glassy and glossy to behold. 
Epoxy 3D floor is gaining increasing popularity day by day and has now been used more and more at homes, offices including shopping malls due to its creativity and high performance.
Epoxy 3D floor installation process involves application of a primer, a self-leveling middle coat/high build base coat of about 1-2mm, followed by the desired image vinyl in form of sticker. This is then treated with a transparent/clear self-leveling two-component epoxy to give the perfect image depth. A level of protective coat (polyurethane or polyarspactic) is the final step.
It’s not like a sticker or vinyl that is directly under your feet, the installed epoxy 3D floor gives the perception of depth and is impervious to all sorts of damage that would usually affect floor decorations.
We are providing a guide to everything you need to know about epoxy 3D floor installation:
Epoxy 3D Floor – Advantages and disadvantages
Like any other flooring, epoxy 3D floors have both advantages and disadvantages. The positive characteristics of epoxy 3D floors are:
  • Visual effect – The most significant advantage of epoxy 3D floor is the stunning visual effect. In addition to the gorgeous appearance. It can help to implement the infinite imagination of the designer and attracts the eyes endlessly. Magically, some designs can visually create space. 
  • High strength – Epoxy is virtually impervious, and highly resistant to acids, chlorine and other materials such as bleaches and daily cleaners. For the very same reason, the floors are considered good for industrial sectors as well as for home. When properly installed, epoxy 3D floor can serve at least 15 years of age, without changing its color or wearing off. 
  • Easy maintenance – Epoxy 3D floor has no seams, joints, cracks, pores and gaps make the 3D flooring is absolutely immune to any kind of dirt, dust, water and chemicals.
  • Safe and hygiene friendly – Epoxy 3D floor does not accumulate dust and do not create a favorable environment for a variety of pathogens / bacterial growth; hence, a very good choice for hospitals and clinics.
  • Fire resistance – Epoxy / polymers do not burn, it is one of the reasons that the coating used in manufacturing, warehouses, hospitals, child care centers and other places where increased control of fire safety are needed.
The Disadvantages of epoxy 3D floor

  • Hard to install and take time to cure – professional contractor and equipment are usually needed to properly install epoxy 3D floor. It takes 3 to 5 days, sometimes even longer to be fully installed and cured.
  • High cost –not enough professionals are available in the market, leading to high cost and vulnerability to unprofessional installers. The materials themselves are not cheap either.
Epoxy 3D Floor – How to Install
WARNING! The installation does not tolerate error. The Installation of Epoxy 3D floor murals requires a lot of experience and does not tolerate even the slightest error, so the best option would be to hire a professional contractor or consultant. Feel free to call Maverick Epoxy Installers on +2349094466560 for consultations and installations.
http://www.epoxy9ja.com
While we do not advise unprofessional or untrained individuals to carry out the installation, we feel it’s necessary to know the process in order to be well guided when such installation is going on in your project. 
  1. Determine the base of the floor, either existing tiles surface or a newly poured smooth finish concrete surface or a polymerized screed mortar base.
  2. Test the slab for moisture and vapor emissions. Moisture can cause failures, result in curling or bubbling.
  3. Fully prepare the substrate surface. Use diamond grinding discs or sanding tools to prep the entire concrete floor. Patch as needed so there are no cracks, no bevels and the entire surface must be perfectly smooth and level. Make sure to cover and tape the surrounding area.
  4. Scrub and vacuum the floor to completely clean the surface. There shouldn’t be even the tiniest speck of dust.
  5. Check the humidity. It is important that humidity throughout the area does not exceed 4%, otherwise in a week or two the beautiful newly installed floor will peel off.
  6. Apply the right epoxy primer( either a polyamide epoxy or polyamine epoxy)
  7. Apply your middle coat epoxy. This will serve a base for the coming S.A.V. Installations is often from 1mm – 2mm or more.This base consist of the epoxy and the fillers (powder or silica form) or a pigmented thick build epoxy.
  8. Install the 3D floor mural. Make sure bonding to the substrate produces no folds or creases.
  9. When installing the top epoxy, avoid coating below 1.5kg/sqm, this often create fish eyespot in the finishes. You can even install 2 layers of clear epoxy or more often, polyurethane to build a transparent layer of epoxy coating over the 3D floor mural. Such a layer should be installed with even more attention to detail and much of care. All of dust needs to be removed before coatings.
  10. If necessary, apply a top coat protective sealer.

   

 Epoxy 3D Floor – Costs
The installation of 3D epoxy flooring is a complicated and lengthy process and usually takes 3-5 days.
The 3D epoxy flooring price depends on many factors such as substrate condition, total square meter and required complexity etc. The durability and lifespan are also two major factors to determine 3D epoxy flooring price. High grade 3D epoxy floor materials would be more expensive.
On average, 3D epoxy flooring installation costs around N20,000-N28,000 per square meter. A complicated design will require more work and a higher cost of installation. The smaller the area of the floor, the more expensive the cost will be.


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