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The History of Epoxy and its Use

Last updated 4 years ago

Epoxy is an incredible material used in almost every industry. While epoxy might seem like the next best thing, it has actually been around for nearly 100 years. With that in mind, we are going to take a look at what epoxy is, where it originated from, and how it is being used in the flooring industry.

Epoxy is produced when explicit chemical hardeners and resins are shared. Epoxy is sometimes compared to super hard plastics yet that depiction overlooks many of its distinctive properties:

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

Although it was initially designed for marine and industrial purposes in the 1930s, its astounding properties have found uses in many different fields, including building construction, woodwork, and even aerospace which started in the 1950s.

As epoxy dries, an exceedingly hard shell forms. This property makes it the ideal material for all types of commercial, industrial, and residential flooring applications. Epoxy flooring is strong enough to resist high levels of heat, acids, salts, and other types of chemicals. Back in the day, it was also highly popular for automotive applications—the epoxy substance produced a beautiful shine, which makes it perfect for automobile showrooms, while still being unaffected by oil spills and tire marks.

Epoxy is also emerging as a residential material as well. Today’s homeowners love that epoxy flooring is easy to clean, long-lasting, and practically scratch resistant. That means no more gazing at scuffed up floors and even less time you will need to spend cleaning up dirt and mud tracked throughout the house.

To learn more about the many advantages and uses for epoxy flooring, contact the premier epoxy flooring company 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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