Epoxy flooring systems are surface protection systems for concrete, screed and mortar. They have been around for many years gaining a remarkable reputation around the world for strong, durable, appealing and hygienic finishes. Stentor Enterprises is a Kenyan company that specializes in the supply and application of seamless, resinous, and decorative epoxy flooring, specialty coatings and waterproofing. This includes epoxy self-leveling and screeds, polyurethane coatings, as well as a range of other chemical resistant and anti-static epoxy coating systems. Their product range is well suited majorly for manufacturing industries, hospitals, schools, commercial and retail premises, and recreation facilities. “The industrial and manufacturing sector in Kenya has really appreciated the epoxy products. They are quickly replacing the traditional concrete protection methods, and in this regard becoming the current and modern flooring trend in construction due to various standard requirements from European countries and the United States,” Francis Kimani of Stentor offers. The company also deals with concrete waterproofing, the application of joint sealants, admixtures and floor hardeners.
Speaking on the benefits of epoxy flooring, Francis says they are well suited for places that require high levels of hygiene due to their seamless feature. They are also durable, anti-slip, and easy to clean and apply. Moreover, they provide exceptional abrasion and chemical resistance features. “Epoxy floors provide essential compliance with Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) which entails minimum common sense sanitary and processing requirements applicable to all food processing establishments. Many food industries have implemented the GMP certification scheme for food processing as the foundation upon which they have developed and implemented other quality and food safety management systems, including HACCP, ISO 22000, SQF and ISO 9001,” he explains.
The company has its own highly skilled technical team that undertakes the implementation of each project. “Our team is experienced in all types of flooring jobs ranging from heavy duty to high aesthetic projects (high street stores). Over the years, we have implemented numerous high quality flooring and water proofing projects in a full range of industries such as pharmaceutical, food processing, printing presses, logistics centers, construction, and education,” Francis says. Some of their recent clients include Mabati Rolling Mills – Mariakani, Beiersdorf East Africa, Centum Investment Company Plc, Sarova Hotels Ltd and Ashut Engineers Ltd.
In a market that is saturated with the traditional concrete protection products like tiles, carpets, terrazzo and wood, Francis admits it has been a challenge introducing the epoxy flooring to the commercial and domestic market. “Epoxy flooring systems are the way to go especially for manufacturing and commercial sectors. In the long run they help to reduce operational maintenance costs which improve the bottom-line of a company,” Francis asserts. “Another challenge is the high cost of installation which is mainly due to the fact that we import all the resins since we do not have local manufacturers,” he continues.
Francis has expressed great optimism with regards to the future of epoxy flooring in Kenya and the many opportunities it offers. “In the past we have been dealing with monolithic seamless epoxy flooring systems but the next trend is the 3-D epoxy floors which we are looking to introduce in the market. We also intend to have metallic epoxy, concrete acid staining,” he ends.