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One of the great things about flooring is that you can sometimes install a new floor right on top of the old one. For example, if you have an old hardwood floor, you can often have carpet put down on top of it. You may even be able to have stone or ceramic tile laid down on top of the hardwood, too. This saves you the hassle of having to remove the original floor first. Keep in mind, this is just one of many clever tricks that flooring contractors know. You'll probably discover more of them on this blog, where it's our goal to share information about flooring.



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Equipment You Will Need To Install Epoxy Flooring Systems

Epoxy flooring is an option that can be in high demand for both residential and commercial clients. Unfortunately, there are many instances where flooring contractors may not have all of the equipment that they will need to be able to safely and effectively install this type of flooring for their clients. In particular, these firms will need to buy some equipment if they are to be able to handle epoxy flooring installation projects.

Floor Sanding Equipment

Before applying epoxy, it is necessary to prepare the surface of the floor so that it can better bond to the epoxy. Without this process, the epoxy may start to peel off the flooring which could severely compromise the lifespan of the epoxy coating. When choosing sanding equipment for this process, you may want to verify that the equipment is suitable for both concrete and hardwood flooring as these are two of the surfaces that are most often coated with epoxy.

Epoxy Rollers

Epoxy is applied to floors using rollers that can allow your workers to quickly and effectively spread the epoxy evenly over a large area. These rollers will need to be specifically designed to work with epoxy so that they will absorb as little as possible and avoid leaving behind marks in the epoxy. These rollers will also need to be replaced frequently, and this can mean that your business may benefit from keeping many of these rollers in stock so your workers can change them when they start to become worn while applying this coating to large floors.

Protective Gear

Your workers will need to avoid coming into contact with the epoxy as much as possible. This will require them to be provided with gloves, shoe covers, and goggles that can shield them from direct exposure to the epoxy. Unfortunately, epoxy can also generate powerful fumes, but you can protect your workers from the hazards of inhaling these fumes by providing them with masks that can effectively filter these particles from the air that they are breathing.

Fans And Ventilation Equipment

Rapidly drying and curing the epoxy can help your clients to start using these floors more quickly. Maximizing the airflow through this area can help to reduce the curing time for the epoxy coating, and it may also have the benefit of helping you to vent the fumes from the epoxy out of the area. To avoid being restricted with where you can position these units, it can be useful to choose ventilation equipment that has long power cords as this can provide more flexibility in placing them. 

For more information, contact a local company that sells epoxy flooring equipment.