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The Complete Guide to Epoxy Installation in Dust-Sensitive Areas

Epoxy flooring transforms any surface from mundane to spectacular. From commercial floors and kitchens to residential basement and garage floors, Jersey Epoxy handles every step of the installation process. The reality, however, is that preparing a surface to receive the epoxy coating is often an arduous and dirty process. In this guide, we’re going to look at everything you need to know about epoxy installation in dust-sensitive areas. 

The Complete Guide To Epoxy Installation in Dust Sensitive Areas

Why the dust?

From a layman’s perspective, associating dust with epoxy installation would be impossible. However, several steps must be completed, and completed properly, before the epoxy can be applied. Perhaps the most important step is grinding the concrete.

There are two reasons why the concrete must be ground, and both affect how well the epoxy floor adheres to the concrete. These reasons are:

  • To remove the “Cream Layer”: When concrete hardens, it develops a smooth layer atop the aggregate. Applying epoxy flooring to this top layer would make the epoxy unable to adhere and severely diminish its usability.
  • To “tooth” the concrete”: It’s not enough to remove the smooth layer. We also must create grooves in the concrete that allow the epoxy something to adhere to.

The grinding used to prepare the concrete creates extreme amounts of dust and, in a dust-sensitive environment, this could be dangerous and costly.

Grinding Concrete

Dust-Sensitive Environments

Dust-sensitive environments are those areas that are clean or controlled spaces. In other words, spaces where the tiniest of particles could cause damage or unsafe environments are considered to be dust-sensitive. These can include:

  • Pharmaceutical labs,
  • Electronics Manufacturing plants,
  • Food Processing Facilities,
  • Hospitals,
  • Aerospace Factories.

Dust contamination in these facilities can affect product quality, equipment performance, and cause health and safety risks. That’s why when Jersey Epoxy installs your epoxy floor, we take every precaution to avoid dust contamination.

Benefits of Epoxy Floors in Dust-Sensitive Environments

Gone are the days of white and beige tile being the normal flooring material. With the installation of epoxy floors in your low-dust area, you’ll experience cleanliness and low maintenance unlike any other flooring type available.

Cleanliness

Almost all other flooring types produce some form of dust and particles which could, in turn, contaminate the area. Epoxy flooring’s smooth surface does not generate any dust of its own and provides little room for dust to collect. This makes cleaning as easy as sweeping the dust and debris. Additionally, epoxy floorings can be formulated to block moisture from the underlying concrete, epoxy is the go-to choice for your clean-room floors.

Jersey Epoxy Installing Epoxy Floors

Versatility

With the near-limitless number of options available for commercial epoxy floors, epoxy coating is suited for any part of your building. Not only does it have the ability to make any room more aesthetically pleasing, but epoxy flooring is also capable of withstanding large amounts of weight. This means it can withstand the heavy weight of large machinery sitting for long periods, as well as persistent use and moving of large equipment, without cracking.

In addition to weight, epoxy can also withstand extreme temperatures. Jersey Epoxy floors can withstand heat upwards of 158°F because it can absorb the heat. This is ideal in environments that use steam cleaners to hygienically clean the floors.

Dust Control Measures During Installation

When choosing the company to install your epoxy floor in a dust-sensitive environment, you want to choose a company that does whatever it takes to ensure the safety of your team, equipment, and products, no matter how much extra work it might entail. Jersey Epoxy does just that. We believe in quality over quantity and treat each customer as if they were our only one.

In our years of experience, we’ve developed several methods to minimize dust generation and contamination. Some of these include:

  • Wet Methods: Water works to bind dust particles together, preventing them from becoming airborne and moving throughout the work area. While this does add an extra step of using a wet vac during grinding and drying the floor completely before installing the epoxy floor, it is a helpful method when it’s important to minimize dust.
  • Containment: When using this method in industrial or residential epoxy flooring installation, we essentially install thick plastic sheeting around the work area to prevent airborne dust particles from migrating to dust-sensitive areas.
  • HEPA Filtration: This method uses equipment fitted with HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Air) filters which capture dust particles as small as 0.3 microns.

Ventilation is also important during the grinding process of epoxy floor installation. This is achieved by combining both natural ventilation (opening windows and doors when possible) and mechanical ventilation systems also equipped with HEPA filters.

Extreme Measures

No two facilities are the same and there may be times when extreme measures must be taken to ensure dust-sensitive areas are protected during professional industrial epoxy floor installation. For example, if the area where epoxy flooring is to be installed contains pallets of dust-sensitive products, it may be necessary to move the product to a safe environment until the installation of the epoxy is complete. The downside to this process is it can often be costly to move large amounts of products and equipment.

Another extreme measure we at Jersey Epoxy often take is reverse containment. Rather than install thick plastic sheeting to contain the dust, we may put the same plastic sheeting over the product to protect it from dust. When the product can’t be moved as easily, this is preferred as it allows for easier ventilation while preparing concrete to accept the epoxy coating.

Industry Leading Installation

Once the prep work is complete, the expert installers at Jersey Epoxy will begin laying the epoxy coating to your exact specifications. There are no subcontractors here. Our team of experts has been trained and given the best tools on the market to ensure our epoxy flooring services are the best in the industry.

When installing epoxy in dust-sensitive environments, we understand that each project has its own set of challenges which means customized solutions. This often means tight deadlines, working on weekends and holidays, and working around production activities. We adapt our techniques to meet these challenges head-on without diminishing our epoxy floor quality.

Dust Control Measures During Installation
The Complete Guide to Epoxy Installation in Dust-Sensitive Areas

Why Choose Jersey Epoxy for your Commercial Epoxy Floors?

When it comes to installing epoxy floors in dust-sensitive environments, containing the spread of dust to protected areas is required. The professional epoxy installers at Jersey Epoxy have the experience and equipment necessary to ensure the safety of your facility, equipment, and products while providing you with the highest quality epoxy flooring possible.

We aren’t afraid to take the extreme measures and precautionary steps needed. At Jersey Epoxy, we believe quality still matters. Call us today for a free quote.