Epoxy Resin: What Should I Know and Is It Toxic?
Epoxy flooring is a popular choice for a number of reasons - it's affordable, durable, and the design choices are as endless as your imagination. If you are considering epoxy flooring in your garage, you might be wondering, "What should I know about epoxy flooring and is it toxic?"
There is plenty of misinformation out there and you can spend hours trying to learn more by searching the Internet. Instead, here are the facts to set your mind at ease.
What Is Epoxy Resin?
According to ThoughtCo:
Epoxies are thermosetting polymer resins where the resin molecule contains one or more epoxide groups. Epoxy resins are cured with the addition of a curing agent, which is commonly called a hardener.
Epoxy resin is used in a number of applications, one of which is epoxy flooring. This is because the advantages are impressive.
You won't have to worry about a lot of maintenance, it is made to withstand heat and cold as well as impact, and you have design choices that are only limited to your imagination. It is also safer to guard against slips and falls and it is a greener choice due to the minimal materials used.
Is Epoxy Resin Toxic?
There are always risks in handling any type of chemical product or being exposed while it is being installed such as by skin contact, ingestion, and inhalation. These risks are quite small with proper handling of epoxy resin but here are a few things to keep in mind.
When you are having your garage flooring professionally installed, you are not in contact with any of the toxins you may be worried about. Since a professional who is trained in everything to do with epoxy resin is taking care of the project, you don't have to even think about any of the handling risks and don't even have to be around during the installation at all.
In fact, all of our installers are employees and we never use sub-contractors so that the quality of work is up to our standards.
Epoxy Resin Is Used Everywhere
Epoxy flooring is also safe once it is cured. Epoxy resin is used in artwork, electronics, as an adhesive, in aquariums where fish and plants reside and keep in mind that the FDA and USDA have approved a broad range of epoxy flooring systems, including high-solids or 100% solids epoxy flooring products being used. While they do not endorse specific brands, you have already been around epoxy resin flooring and probably didn't even know it, and most importantly - definitely didn't have any ill-effects from it.
Epoxy flooring is also very much sought after for commercial use. Including the aforementioned restaurant industry, you will also find it in hospitals, clinics, parking garages, auto showrooms, food and beverage manufacturing plants, resorts, hotels, and more. In fact, antimicrobial additives can be used with epoxy coatings to help maintain a cleaner and safer environment.
Move Forward with Your Vision
If you are looking to create a one-of-a-kind garage floor, contact us so we can help you bring that vision to life. We make custom colors and blends upon request, and we're sure to be able to make your dream garage come to life. And since we do all of the installation, your worries over toxicity issues aren't an issue at all.