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Five ways you can use quartz sand in epoxy floors

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In the epoxy flooring industry one of the most commonly used minerals is quartz sand (also referred to as silica sand). Quartz is a notoriously hard mineral which makes it ideal for industrial floors. However, quartz has many different uses in epoxy floors and this can lead to confusion among clients and contractors on its intended use.

In this presentation we have listed the key five uses of quartz sand in epoxy floors. Keep in mind that sometimes quartz sand can serve multiple purposes.

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Five ways you can use quartz sand in epoxy floors

  1. 1. Five ways quartz sand can be used in epoxy floors
  2. 2. Quartz sand (also referred to as silica) has several different uses in epoxies Someone who is new to epoxy floors can feel quite overwhelmed when they come across the term quartz in industrial flooring
  3. 3. The key uses for quartz are: - As an anti-slip aggregate - As a filler for levelling systems - As a filler for grouting and coving - As a bonding agent - As a decorative component
  4. 4. Let’s take a look at each of these uses
  5. 5. 1. Anti-Slip aggregate
  6. 6. The purpose is to attain a rough texture on the floor as shown in the picture 1. Anti-Slip Aggregate
  7. 7. This will give the floor anti-slip properties. The larger the quartz granule the higher the anti-slip coefficient will be. Anti-slip floors are common in pedestrian walkways, manufacturing facilities (exposed to oils and chemicals), car parks, ramps etc. 1. Anti-Slip Aggregate
  8. 8. In the picture below we used quartz sand of 0,8-1,2 mm for an olives packaging factory that was exposed to high amounts of oils and brines during operation. 1. Anti-Slip Aggregate
  9. 9. 2. Quartz as a filler for self-levelling systems
  10. 10. Quartz sand is commonly added as the ‘third component’ in self levelling systems. By adding quartz the floor screed increases its hardness. Furthermore quartz is used to bulk out the epoxy and to decrease the consumption of epoxy per square meter without forgoing any mechanical properties. Self-Leveling systems
  11. 11. In such systems the quartz does not remain visible after application It is mixed together with the epoxy material and the floor should attain a smooth finish. Self-Leveling systems
  12. 12. 3. Filler for grouting and coving
  13. 13. Large amounts of quartz in the epoxy mix can make the product thick like a grout. It can be used for grouting holes, cracks even constructing coves. Grouting and Coving
  14. 14. 4. quartz as a decorative component of the floor
  15. 15. The quartz becomes a key visible component of the decorative aspect of the floor. Coated quartz granules are commonly used for such purposes. They are trowel applied systems and very popular in retail spaces and other pedestrian floors Decorative Quartz
  16. 16. 5. quartz as a bonding agent
  17. 17. Quartz is a great material to enable to inter-coat adhesion and to minimize the risk of delamination. A common procedure is to sprinkle quartz sand on a wet primer (or base coat). This will then help the next layers bond. This method is very useful if several days will pass between the coating of the next layer. You will get better bonding and smoothing of each coat. Bonding Agent
  18. 18. Quartz is a great material to enable to inter-coat adhesion and to minimize the risk of delamination. A common procedure is to sprinkle quartz sand on a wet primer (or base coat). This will then help the next layers bond. This method is very useful if several days will pass between the coating of the next layer. You will get better bonding and smoothing of each coat. Bonding Agent
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