Pros & Cons to Epoxy Flooring
If you’ve been comparing concrete floor coatings, you have probably noticed a similar refrain. The best results come from epoxy flooring installed by professionals, but there are quicker solutions such as rubber tile mats or do-it-yourself floor paint.
Here, we’ll look at the pros and cons of epoxy flooring to see why it’s so popular and whether it’s the right fit for your needs.
Advantages of Epoxy Flooring
Why do so many businesses choose epoxy flooring? It lasts the longest and performs the best along the way. At home, epoxy coatings can be added to the garage floor and other concrete such as pool decks, basements, kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry rooms.
Professional-grade epoxy floors are much more than a coat of paint (it’s not a coat of paint at all!). Epoxy bonds with the concrete, forming a rubberized membrane that resiliently endures car tires, heavy weight, foot traffic, and even the haywire weather in Maryland.
You’ll love the fact that epoxy flooring lasts so long even more because of its many benefits:
- 8x stronger than concrete alone. Epoxy prevents those chips, cracks, and peeling areas that concrete usually has.
- Easy to clean. The scratch-resistant surface can be broomed or mopped easily without dirt, dust, or mildew getting trapped.
- Better looking. Custom epoxy coatings can range from ruggedly handsome to lustrous and metallic, or in personalized color options.
- Not slippery when wet. Restaurants and auto shops trust epoxy flooring for safety and performance. Epoxy works indoors or outdoors and can be customized for your preferred level of skid-resistance.
- Free of toxic fumes. Many other flooring types release volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the weeks or months after installation. We use green, VOC-free epoxy formulas that are safe for families, schools, and hospitals.
Disadvantages of Epoxy Flooring
It’s often said that higher cost is the biggest drawback of epoxy coatings, but this is a nearsighted view. We use advanced formulas that are stronger than DIY epoxy kits, and customized for the Mid-Atlantic climate. Cheaper alternatives do not perform as well and must be replaced every few years.
Here are the cons of epoxy coatings that you should know:
- It takes more than a day to install.
- It requires thorough preparation.
- Removal requires special grinding.
The Best Coating for Concrete Floors
Epoxy may not be necessary for an unused, unseen area like an unfinished basement. If you’re going to use the space, epoxy flooring will stand up the best.
For businesses with concrete floors such as commercial kitchens, auto shops, clinics, or showrooms, epoxy is definitely the best investment. Low maintenance and a more attractive look will repay you over time.
Prestige Floor Coating offers homes and commercial epoxy flooring in Maryland and beyond. Contact us to request a free estimate!