Any concrete surface can be coated with epoxy. This includes concrete surfaces inside your home such as basements, bathrooms, or utility rooms. While this can transform the aesthetics of the space, it can also produce a strong odor when being applied. This can be quite unpleasant, especially in smaller homes. To combat this, we developed low odor epoxy products. This, of course, allows us to install our systems while keeping the residence free of strong smells.
Low Odor Epoxy Products
What often causes the unpleasant smell is the type of epoxy being used. Certain epoxies are more suitable for indoor spaces, while others are more suitable for outdoor spaces. This is due to the chemicals in the epoxy. When shopping for an indoor epoxy floor coating system, ask your contractor for the technical data sheet. This sheet will tell you the chemical makeup of the product being used. For indoor systems, you want to look for keywords such as “green”, “low odor” or “low VOC”. VOC’s, or Volatile Organic Compounds can be unhealthy and hazardous in living spaces with low ventilation. This is why for residences it is important to ensure the VOC content is less than 50 grams per liter. In general, it is always a good idea to see exactly what type of product your contractor will be using, for both indoor and outdoor systems.
It goes without saying that an indoor flooring job that has the potential to disrupt the health of the residents should be treated with utmost care. A large part of this is the correct selection of low odor and low VOC products. It is always a good idea to familiarize yourself with the contractor you hire, as well as the products they will use. Beware contractors who use cheap products (especially for indoor systems), as they can be unpleasant at best or harmful and dangerous at worst.