Epoxy and FasTop™ Cove Bases

To understand the differences between Epoxy Cove Bases and FasTop Cove Bases, let’s explore what makes each product unique.

Epoxy Cove Base Systems Can Have Major Pros and Cons for Your Facility

For many facility types, including commercial kitchens, breweries, and pharmaceutical facilities, it’s important to have the right cove base system in place. The transition from wall to floor may seem trivial to some, but it’s of the utmost importance when keeping your facility safe and sanitary. The adaptation of epoxy cove base systems was a major step up for wall-to-floor transitions in industrial facilities. They offered smooth aesthetic qualities due in large part to the seamlessness of the cove base systems. They could be custom built and installed to accomplish bump curbs, cant coves, expanded cant coves, and radius coves, among other optional cove designs. Epoxy Cove Bases exhibited many of the properties enjoyed by facilities that have industrial epoxy flooring installed. This included high damage resistance, long-range durability, and great resistance to spills. Epoxy Cove Bases can also be a bit more embellished than FasTop Cove Bases, as they can be composed of color quartz, or other decorative finishes.

But Epoxy Cove Base Systems weren’t without their drawbacks. Epoxy tends to give off a strong odor during application. And while it sets quickly, it takes a very long time to completely dry. It exhibits a sticky feeling for quite some time, which makes epoxy cove bases very difficult to seal with a proper topcoat, and actually leaves them a little vulnerable due to the porous composition. Installation experts usually experience the dragging of their trowels due to this long-range setting. From an application standpoint, these elements combine to make it sometimes difficult close the surface and finish the job in a timely manner. This could also leave your cove base system vulnerable to poor completion. Lastly, epoxy cove bases are a bit shy of the cold, meaning that they require conditions that are at the very least 50˚F, and can even exhibit difficulty at this temperature.

Urethane FasTop Cove Base Systems Solve Many Cons of Epoxy Cove Bases

Installing a urethane concrete cove base like Sherwin Williams FasTop Cove Bases is a bit different than installing a standard epoxy cove base. The technique and skills need to correctly lay down FasTop Cove Bases are relatively the same as Epoxy Cove Bases, but with a few significant differences. FasTop sets faster than epoxy, gets dry enough more quickly to avoid the stickiness of epoxy, and won’t hinder the installation expert as much. This might seem like a small thing, but because those drying moments are so critical, faster setting allows for easier, quicker, and more protected close up and finishing for the Urethane FasTop Cove Base. Finally, Sherwin Williams FasTop Cove Bases can be installed in more versatile environments than epoxy, with a low installation temperature of 35˚F.

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Whatever great cove base system you choose whether you go with Epoxy or FasTop Cove Bases, Advanced Surfaces Corporation can install it to perfection, and help you enjoy smooth, seamless, beautiful, sanitary connections between your walls and floors. Learn more about the right system for you and your facility by contacting Advanced Surfaces today. Our experienced team will work with you to create the right solution for your needs at your budget. Contact us today!

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