Epoxy is an adhesive widely used in the construction sector. Especially popular in the South African construction sector, it continues to set the standard for excellence in the industry. However, many homeowners and construction professionals still have questions about this adhesive, and the many epoxy applications it is used in.
Here are the answers to the hot questions about epoxy use in South Africa.
Who Invented Epoxies, And Why?
Originally developed for use on dental fixtures, epoxy’s history dates back to the 1930s and were created by two scientists. There are more than 50 different substances today that are known as epoxy resins, a class of pre-polymers that contain more than one epoxide group.
How Are Epoxies Produced?
Epoxies are produced by mixing various epoxy resins together with a ‘hardener.’ The most common hardeners are amino-amides, polyamines or phenolic compounds.
How Are Epoxies Used?
Epoxies are used in various applications. Its largest application can be found in the construction sector, where due to its strength, durability and hardness it is used to coat and protect different surfaces and materials, including flooring and piping.
It is also widely used in the energy sector. You can also commonly find epoxies in the automotive sector, used as a way to protect the outside of vehicles from corrosion. These are only a few of the many epoxy applications in which it excels.
At Bloc Contractors, we specialise in various epoxy applications, as well as in slab cutting, saw cutting, demolition, surface grinding, joint sealing, wall sawing and honeycombing, to name a few. We have worked hard to provide our clients with the expertise and construction solutions needed to add value to their projects.
With more than a decade’s experience to fall back on, we are ready to help you get more from your construction project. Speak to our team of seasoned professionals who are at the ready to provide you with all the information you need.