Chemical Resistant Flooring

EPF is a consultant and applicator of epoxy and urethane flooring solutions for manufacturing facilities nationwide.  For over 30 years, we have installed a complete line of chemical resistant flooring, coatings, and lining systems.  With our own company crews, we can provide turn key installation of seamless, chemical resistant systems, throughout the U.S.

Installation of Chemical Resistant Flooring

Chemical Resistant FlooringSince EPF is vertically integrated, we are able to provide consulting services, along with furnishing the materials, installation with our own company crews, and solid warranty.  Our attention to detail and commitment to our clients ensures that your floor is installed quickly, properly, and successfully the first time, so your business can be up and running safely and as quickly as possible !

Work is available to be done over weekends, holidays, or while in production, if necessary.   Often work can be completed over weekends or over another short duration.

Industries Requiring Chemical Resistant Floors

  • Food and Beverage Processing
  • Chemical storage & process tank areas
  • Secondary containment.
  • Process area floors, sumps, trenches.
  • Railcar loading/unloading areas.
  • Truck loading/unloading areas

 

Technical Data on Chemical Resistance of Our Flooring Materials

Background on Chemical Resistant Flooring

For many decades, seamless resin floors have been used to protect the concrete in manufacturing facilities.  Chemical resistant needs can apply to a wide variety of situations.  Needs can range from fuels, to cleaning and sterilizing preparations, to food products and ingredients, to natural or synthetic fats and oils, to very aggressive acids, alkalis and solvents.  EPF’s flooring protects the concrete against direct surface erosion. Our flooring has is effectively impermeable, which prevents any aggressive agents from reaching the concrete below.

There is no one size fits all product, which shall resist all possible chemicals. Different resins are resistant to different classes of chemicals.  This means that the flooring has to be selected that is appropriate for the specific working chemicals, concentrations, and temperatures, and frequency of spills or immersion conditions.   Typically, splash/spill conditions are encountered.  This means that chemicals are left in contact with the floor for a short period of time, before they are cleaned off.

Proper Housekeeping for Chemical Resistant Flooring

Proper housekeeping is very important, when working with chemicals.  In the event of spillage, there is a duty on employers to ensure that proper cleaning is undertaken.  Spillages of acids or alkalis can give rise to burn hazards for workers.  This can result in damage to plant and machinery.  The spillage of solvents can increase the risk of fire

If a chemical spill occurs,  immediate removal of spillage shall be required, in a safe and effective manner.  This must be performed by trained operatives using appropriate methods for the specific chemicals.  Next, cleaning of the surface must be accomplished, with proper disposal.

A spillage of a 2 % liquid solution on a surface can result in the exposure to far higher (50-60 %) concentrations, due to drying of the chemical on the floor.  This is turn, causes much more extensive damage than would be expected from repeated exposure to the 1 % solution.  This in practice means that a surface should be thoroughly cleaned after a spillage and well rinsed to remove any residues, rather than the chemical spillage just being mopped up.

Similarly the exposure of a surface to a single material at a given concentration may have very different effects if that material is mixed with other materials.

Factors Affecting the Chemical Resistance of our Flooring

There are a number of factors which determine the effectiveness of chemical resistant flooring. These include the resin or polymer basis of the flooring, degree of cure of the material prior to chemical attack, the type and reactivity of the chemical agent, the thickness, temperature and concentration, and the acidity, alkalinity, solvent compatibility.

 

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Membranes • Linings • Monolithics • Floor Coatings • Polymer Concretes

 

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For more information, including the color availability, technical properties, or other properties of our chemical resistant flooring, please contact the technical support team at our office, or call 800-808-7773