Epoxy floor coating systems are not just applicable for outdoor areas; you can install them in interior spaces of your home as well. However, not all epoxy products are ideal for indoor spaces, mainly because of the fumes and odor. If you plan on getting an interior space such as a basement, bathroom, utility room, etc. coated, you will want to ensure that the contractor uses low odor epoxies. In some extreme cases, people may find it necessary to vacate their home entirely while the odor is present. Obviously this is not ideal, and it can be avoided with proper low odor products.
What are Low Odor Epoxies
Low odor epoxies are products that contain low enough odor levels to allow safe and comfortable application for interior spaces. The smell mainly comes from high Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) contents. Not only are high VOC products extremely unpleasant to be around, they can also pose various health issues. If you plan to get an interior space done, it is imperative that you ensure your contractor is using low odor/low VOC products. This can be done by asking your contractor to provide the safety data sheets for the products they use. Your contractor should be using products with a VOC of less than 50 grams per liter. See this blog for information about safety data sheets, and other things to consider when shopping for an epoxy floor coating system.
The number one priority for an experienced contractor should be the safety and comfort of the customers. It is always a good idea to familiarize yourself with what exactly is put down inside your home. Some chemicals and compounds can be quite unpleasant and hazardous towards the occupants of your home. This is why it is always imperative to play it safe and ensure the best experience possible for yourself and your family.
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