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A Brief History of Epoxy and its Use in Flooring

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Epoxy is a wondrous material used in virtually every industry. It’s used to build cars, rockets, and homes because it’s exceptionally strong and very durable. While epoxy may seem like the superglue of the future, it has actually been around for almost 100 years. Let’s take a look at what epoxy is, where it came from, and how it’s used in flooring.

Epoxy is a compound that is produced when specific chemical hardeners and resins are combined. Epoxy is often likened to super hard plastics, but that description ignores many of its unique properties:

  • Epoxy has incredibly high bond strength.
  • Epoxy is moisture resistant.
  • Epoxy will not expand or contract with changes in temperature.
  • Epoxy is non-flammable.

Although it was originally designed for marine and industrial purposes in the 1930s, its amazing properties have founded uses in many other fields, including building construction, woodwork, and even aerospace starting in the 1950s.

As epoxy dries, an extremely hard shell forms. This property makes it the perfect material for all types of commercial, industrial, and residential flooring applications. Epoxy flooring is able to resist heat, acids, salts, and other types of chemicals. It was also very popular for automotive applications—epoxy produces a beautiful shine, which makes it perfect for showrooms, but is resistant to oil spills and tire marks, which are ideal traits in garage flooring.

Epoxy is also developing a residential following as well. Modern homeowners love that epoxy flooring is easy to clean, durable, and virtually unscratchable. That means no more staring at scuffed up floors, and less time cleaning up dirt and mud tracked throughout the home.

To learn more about the many benefits and uses for epoxy flooring, contact the epoxy experts at REDRHINO:  The Epoxy Flooring Company. We specialize in all types of commercial and residential epoxy flooring applications. Visit us online or call (310) 734-8534 today.


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