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The Pros and Cons of Epoxy Flooring

GREEN THUMB LOCAL
October 1, 2021

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Epoxy is a popular and efficient flooring solution for residential, commercial, and industrial applications.  Epoxy flooring is a mixture of a resin and a hardener, and adding special additives to it creates a high-performing durable coating for varied flooring applications.

The most widely prevalent residential use of epoxy flooring is in garages. Garage owners use epoxy to add color and beauty to their concrete garage floors. Garages often serve as a multipurpose room in several homes, including storage and various DIY tasks. Therefore, garages require a flooring solution that stands the test of time and withstands wear and tear.

If you are considering epoxy flooring, read on to understand its benefits and drawbacks to determine whether it is the perfect choice for the garage.

Epoxy flooring pros

Durable and long-lasting

Epoxy flooring is one of the strongest and longest-lasting garage flooring solutions on the market today. It is thicker, and the strong chemical bonds make it suitable for garages experiencing high foot traffic and heavy use. When installed by a professional and properly maintained, epoxy flooring can last for years without any significant issue.

Economical

Epoxy flooring has significantly lower material and labor cost per square foot than other flooring options. It preserves the garage surface for a long time without requiring frequent resurfacing. Another factor that makes it a viable flooring choice is the low maintenance and repair requirements. It is simple to keep epoxy floors looking flawless. Sweep the debris using a broom, and use a cloth or a mop to wipe up grease, oil, and automotive fluid spills.

Superior resistance to damage

Garages are highly susceptible to wear and tear. Epoxy flooring is perfect for the space due to its excellent resistance to chemicals, water, high heat, moisture, bacteria, germs, temperature fluctuations, fire, stains, scratches, chipping, cracking, peeling, and shock. It protects the underlying surface and decreases wear and tear.

A clean, polished look

Epoxy flooring looks beautiful and provides a glossy finish. It is available in multiple designs, colors, finishes, and styles and is perfect for restoring or masking failing and uninviting garage floors. It perfectly adheres to various surfaces, and garage owners can easily customize it for a smooth, uniform, and aesthetically pleasing appearance.

Enhanced safety

Epoxy flooring reflects light which improves visibility inside the garage and makes it safer. An anti-slip coating is effective in reducing slip and fall accidents.

Epoxy flooring cons

Adherence issue

A damp and moist environment makes it difficult for the epoxy to adhere correctly. Ensure the floor is completely dry and fully prepared to prevent it from lifting off.   

Longer preparation time

Epoxy flooring installation is time-consuming and tedious and requires excessive groundwork before installation. It can take days for the first coat to dry completely before the next coat application. Epoxy flooring needs to cure fully before use. It also exudes a foul smell while drying.

Slippery

Epoxy flooring becomes slippery when wet. Avoid installing epoxy in areas susceptible to excessive spills or water. Alternatively, consider adding a non-slip additive or more texture to reduce the slipperiness.

Improper installation can cause issues

Epoxy flooring installation is better left to professionals. Improper DIY installations can create various issues and lower the lifespan.

Epoxy flooring has various pros and cons. Contact a garage floor coating professional to analyze and evaluate the floor before deciding to install epoxy flooring.

Quick Response Garage Floor Coating offers epoxy, flake, solid, stain, and specialty flooring options to Phoenix Valley residential and commercial clients. Call us today for a free estimate at (602) 428-8626.

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