1987 - Volume #11, Issue #1, Page #16[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Epoxy Floor Coating Better Than ConcreteIf you've got worn-down barn floors in your barns that need rebuilding, you'll want to take a look at these new acid-resistant "Even Floor" epoxy coverings that outlast concrete 4 to 5 times.
"One of the big advantages of an epoxy coating, in addition to its durability, is that it cures in just 3 to 4 hours so you can put the barn back into service the same day, unlike concrete," says Sid Sitterding, sales manager for Even-Flo, noting that the company has found many uses for epoxy coatings.
"In addition to dairy barn floors, we also apply epoxy to mangers and feedbunks because it's much smoother on a cow's tongue than rough concrete. It can also be used for general repair and beautification of concrete block walls in any farm building, and the components used in the manufacture of the epoxy have been FDA approved for use where contact with human and animal food is necessary. Epoxy can also be used to bond old concrete to new concrete by putting a thin layer between the two, and it's become popular as a replacement for steel floors in Harvestore« silos," says Sitterding.
The widest use for Even Floor epoxy has been to rebuild pitted concrete floors in dairy barns and milking parlors. It can be used to totally rebuild the floor and bring it back up to an even grade that allows water to flow evenly to drains.
To apply, concrete is cleaned with high pressure washers and then the coating is applied at thicknesses ranging from 1/8 to 1-in. thick, depending on the condition of the floor.
"Because it resists the effects of acid and moisture, these coatings will outlast concrete 4 to 5 times. And, because it cures so fast, you can apply it and be back in operation in one day," notes Sitterding.
Even-Floor epoxy coatings are applied by trained crews operating throughout the country. Grit can be added to create a non-slip surface. Sitterding says it's difficult to estimate cost because of the varying conditions of floors but, in general, a 1/8-in. thick coating costs about $2.50 per sq. ft. Epoxy coatings can also be used on steel.
For more information, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Even-Flo, Inc., 405 Farabee Drive, Layfayette, Ind. 47905 (ph 317 448-1508).
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