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Benefits of an Epoxy floor with Cove base

August 22, 2014

Pumpcoat – PCI Contractors has done many epoxy floors over the years. We have become the “go-to” company for coatings on floors and equipment.    Recently we installed some epoxy flooring for a large University in Boston.  It was applied in their dormitory bathrooms. In addition to the normal Duraflex flooring system, we added a 4 inch cove base.

 

 The old floor in the bathroom was tile.  Although still structurally sound, the tile and grout was old and had begun to stain and wear making it look continuously grungy.  When grout begins to wear down, the pitting creates a prime place for bacteria to grow, so it becomes harder to keep clean and sanitize.    The Epoxy floor was installed directly onto the tile using it as a substrate.   Prep included acetone wiping, dustless diamond grinding, grit blasting of the corners and edges.  The toilets and most other plumbing fixtures were removed or taped off prior to the coating.

 

 Duraflex Duraquartz is a three part epoxy system. The initial coat was poured on and also served to level the old tile floor. The grinding as part of the prep process increased the surface area of the substrate and allowed the tile to adhere to the epoxy layer.   The mid coat was Dura-glaze. It was troweled down and then a quartz colored blend was broadcast throughout which is what give the unique color and dimension to the finished floor.   After the curing time, two layers of Duraflex Ultra clear top coat were added.   Then a 4 inch cove was created around the walls.  

 

A cove base is a continuation of the epoxy floor that runs up the wall. Usually coves are anywhere from 2-4 inches in height.   Coves are beneficial for a few reasons.   Just like the epoxy floor, they create an easy to clean, seamless surface.  Especially in a lavatory where there is a good amount of water and moisture, a regular baseboard or wallboard would easily succumb to mildew and mold.   Epoxy floors and coves are also chemically resistant and durable. Where previously, the grout from the tile floor had begun to break down and pit, the epoxy stands up to traditional cleaners and repeated washings. Having a cove also means  not having a crack between where the floor ends and the wall begins, which means less space for bacteria or mildew to form since the in-between areas like cracks are hard to clean.  Finally, the cove base is aesthetically pleasing since there is no ‘visual break’ in the floor to wall surface.

 

 Epoxy Coatings as applied by Pumpcoat – PCI Contractors can improve safety by creating a slip resistant flooring solution. In addition to being impact, heat and fire resistant, epoxy floors and  cove bases are environmentally friendly and cost efficient choice. They are a terrific ‘Green’ alternative. Many epoxies we use have low or no VOC’s.  Their ease of care requires fewer harsh chemicals for the environment too.  

Give Pumpcoat a call for help with solutions to your flooring problems.

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Pumpcoat – tile floor before (grinding begun as prep for the cove base)

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Pumpcoat – tile floor – “before” picture – note the discoloration of the grout indicating that dirt and bacteria have settled into the pitting

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Pumpcoat – “Before” lowest row of wall tiles removed as prep for the cove base being added after.

 

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Pumpcoat – “After” Duraquartz blend floor with cove base – Aesthetically pleasing, seamless epoxy. Check out those corners!

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Pumpcoat – “After” Duraquartz blend floor with cove base – this will be much easier to maintain & clean

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Pumpcoat – “After” Duraquartz blend floor with cove base. – Impact, heat & chemical resistant!

3 Comments leave one →
  1. August 23, 2014 4:40 pm

    Coves tend to be effective for some good reasons. Just as the epoxy floor, that they create an easy to decontaminate, seamless exterior.

  2. December 7, 2014 8:33 am

    Very nice cove base coating.

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