When you look at the Palladio, the Harris Center, or any number of business centers in Folsom, you know they’re going to be there for many decades. These concrete structures were built to look great and last long. The same is true with concrete floors in Folsom, whether it be a home, garage, warehouse, or workout floor. Even so, we often take concrete floors for granted. They have limits, and what’s more, they have opponents – like gouges, cracks, vibrations, acids, or heavy wear and tear.
Epoxy coatings from West Coast Epoxy provide a virtual suit of armor for your concrete, bolstering its strength and resilience. To guarantee that our epoxy coatings provide such support, manufacturers subject them to four different strength tests.
- Compressive – a sample cylinder of epoxy gets pressed until it fails. This test is also performed for concrete samples, which commonly endure 3,000 pounds per square inch. With epoxy coatings samples can resist a pressure of nearly 10,000 pounds per square inch!
- Tensile – instead of being pressed, this time another epoxy cylinder sample from the same mixture gets pulled apart. Again, this test is typically used on concrete samples, and they often reach a fault point at 300 pounds of tensile strength. Epoxy samples generally keep their integrity beyond 3,500 pounds of tensile strength.
- Flexural – this tests the epoxy sample against indirect tension. A sample rod of epoxy is suspended horizontally and supported at both ends, then a heavy weight is attached to the middle. The goal for our epoxy in this test is about 5,000 psi (pounds per square inch).
- Bond strength – it’s vital that our epoxy adheres to your concrete for the life of your concrete, and this test makes sure that happens. The results in this test need to be greater than the results of the tensile strength test on the concrete underneath. If there is a failure, it would come from the concrete, but only after the pull or push of the opposing force makes it past the epoxy resistance.
West Coast Epoxy is here to improve the strength of concrete in Folsom, and we offer countless ways to make sure that concrete looks great afterwards. To find out more, give our office a call or schedule a free consultation using our online form.