Today, epoxy is used, among other things, as a resin filler and a very strong weather-resistant adhesive. Epoxy flooring is known for its extreme durability once cured, because it can resist acids, salts, and other harsh conditions that would otherwise destroy other types of flooring. This amazing material is less than 100 years old, but it’s already spread into almost every industry.
Beginnings Epoxy resin was invented in the 1930s by a Swiss scientist by the name of Dr. Pierre Castam. With the help of Dr. S.O. Greenlee of the United States, they developed the first patented epoxy resin. Epoxy was immediately recognized for its properties as an excellent adhesive, its resistance to extreme temperatures and various chemicals, and its electrical insulating characteristics.
Rise to Fame A famous use of epoxy resin was in the construction of theSpruce Goose—the popular name for the Hughes H-4 Hercules—in 1947. This prototype heavy aircraft only made a single flight as a proof of concept. It was made almost entirely from birch wood, with epoxy resin as a key component.
Modern Usage Epoxy flooring became popular across a wide range of industries largely due to its durability and low-maintenance nature. Epoxy flooring can be installed in a seamless manner, with a wide variety of colors, patterns, or other designs available. The finished product can perform in high-demand conditions, and remains easy to clean which is ideal for heavy traffic locations.