Epoxy floor coatings have become increasingly popular. The coatings, which are made from a mixture of hardeners and resins, are applied over concrete as a decorative and protective flooring finish.
Professionals can apply the coatings, or they can be applied by do-it-yourselfers as long as the instructions are closely followed.
Here are a few advantages of epoxy floor coatings.
Epoxy coatings are applied in multiple layers. However, these floors have no seams, so they don't peel apart. Additionally, they are not likely to crack or chip.
Since they can withstand heavy contact, the coatings are often applied in workshop areas, such as basements and garages. The flooring is so durable that it is unlikely to become marred or damaged by the inadvertent fall of a heavy metal tool or even the weight of a large vehicle.
Three types of flooring epoxy are available for application. They include solid epoxy, solvent-based epoxy, and water-based epoxy. The solid variety, which is usually applied only by professionals, tends to harden quite quickly. The solvent and water-based applications harden a bit more slowly because the solvents and water must evaporate. Additionally, the water-based applications do not emit the strong fumes associated with solvent-based epoxy. Regardless of the type of epoxy that is selected, the coatings are extremely rugged and generally last for years.
Epoxy applications are available in metallic and tinted finishes. As a result, the flooring option can offer a particularly decorative finish.
Some epoxy floors include tiny, colored flakes that are applied as the second layer of the epoxy coating is installed. The speckled effect in the floor material can be quite attractive.
Epoxy floors are seamless. Therefore, there is no space for liquid or air to seep between the covered surface and the coating and become trapped, inciting mold or other issues.
The seamless nature of the floors also makes them easy to clean. There are no grout lines to trap debris, and the flooring is non-reactive to most cleaning products.
People who suffer from allergies may particularly appreciate the way that epoxy does not trap allergens in the manner that carpet fibers and other flooring options do. Any foreign debris can easily be removed without specialized cleaning, and the floors can be regularly sanitized with ease.
To learn more about epoxy flooring, schedule a consultation with a flooring specialist at a company in your local area.