How Temperature Can Affect an Epoxy Floor

When you install an epoxy coating as your commercial flooring solution in a Denver business, you have an extremely durable and low maintenance floor that is suitable for a wide variety of facility types.

One other requirement that commercial floors have at Denver warehouses, manufacturing plants, and other facilities may need to withstand temperature extremes. Between summer and winter in Colorado, temperatures can vary extensively and if your facility has loading bays, doors that are frequently open, or areas of the property with limited insulation, your flooring could be exposed to particularly high or low temperatures. Knowing what your epoxy can withstand will help limit any damage to your flooring.

Flooring Temperature Limits for Epoxy Coatings

The epoxy formulation at your property will have an effect on its resistance to extreme temperatures. During installation, if you are aware that your facility will face flooring temperature extremes, it is important to let your installer know so that they can plan an effective floor that will meet your ongoing needs.

But if you are coming into a property that already has epoxy floors or you are unsure of the original specifications of your floor, these are the general effects you can expect from different temperatures regarding the performance of your epoxy floor:

  • High Temperatures – The high temperature that epoxy can withstand depends on the particular epoxy coating. While almost all will easily withstand up to 150 degrees without any damage, some epoxies can go significantly higher. This means that your epoxy floor will easily endure any of Colorado’s warmer weather conditions. The main concern with high temperatures would be if your operations lead to temperatures in the hundreds of degrees. This heat could cause the epoxy to weaken, significantly shortening its lifespan.
  • Cold Temperatures – Cold weather, even with the freezing temperatures normal in Colorado winters, will have little effect on epoxy floors. The cold weather is most often an issue only during the curing process where cold temperatures can lengthen the curing time for epoxy and cause a cloudy finish. However, once installed and completely cured, cold will not cause the epoxy floor to crack or warp. Epoxy is also more durable in cold and wet weather than concrete since it is a non porous surface.

As long as you are using the right process during the installation of an epoxy coating at your commercial facility, you can secure an epoxy floor that will easily withstand whatever conditions exist on your property. The best way to manage this is by working with an experienced concrete flooring contractor who understands the specific requirements for properties throughout Colorado.

Colorado Concrete Repair specializes in commercial concrete and epoxy floors. From optimizing installation conditions to be sure that your floor is strong and beautiful, to helping you choose the right epoxy coating or other commercial flooring solution that will work for your property, our team can provide the leading flooring services. Get started with a quote on your flooring project today.