Epoxy concrete floor coatings are one of the most popular floor coating options. They offer a number of benefits, including durability and aesthetic improvements. However, epoxy isn’t the only option out there and it’s important to consider all of your options before choosing a concrete flooring solution for your home or business.
Unlike paints, polyurea and epoxy concrete floor coatings are incredibly durable. This makes them a great choice for high-traffic areas, like warehouses and garages.
They’re also easy to clean and are resistant to chemicals, oils, water, and other elements that can cause damage to your floors. The dense layering of an epoxy concrete floor coating ensures that chemicals can’t seep into the concrete and harm your floors.
These coatings are also very versatile, allowing you to create customized shapes and patterns. This means you can add a unique design to your concrete floors and have them stand out from the rest.
You’ll also find that epoxy has a long lifespan, making it an excellent option for high-traffic areas such as garages and basements. It’s also a great option for those who are looking to save money on maintenance and repair costs in the long run.
The first step in applying an epoxy floor coating is to prepare the concrete surface. This includes cleaning and repairing any damaged surfaces, as well as grinding away dust particles that can prevent the epoxy from bonding properly to the concrete.
Next, we prime the concrete with a self-leveling primer. This will help the epoxy to adhere to the concrete and increase its durability.
We then mix the epoxy resin and hardener according to manufacturer’s instructions and apply it in thin, even coats. This process can take up to 7 days to fully cure, but the final result will be a professional-looking finish that’s sure to last.
Pro Tip: When using an epoxy floor coating, it’s important to spread the liquid evenly with a squeegee or roller. If you don’t, the epoxy could saturate the floor and make it look messy or uneven.
Lastly, epoxy floor coatings must be cured before adding decorative flakes or topcoats. This allows the epoxy to set and cure completely, ensuring that your flooring will last for years to come.
A mistake many contractors make is not properly prepping the concrete for the epoxy coating. This can lead to blotches, lumps, and other issues that will not be happy with when the finished product is installed.
It’s like you’re trying to build a house and you don’t have the foundation right. You may put the best roof, highest quality cabinets, the best windows available and everything else, but if your foundation isn’t good then you will be in trouble down the road.
Epoxy is one of the hardest coatings on the market, so it is ideal for areas that get a lot of use. It’s also highly resistant to abrasion, heat, and water. For these reasons, epoxy is often used in warehouses and other high-traffic areas.