Every kind of flooring method has its advantages and disadvantages, including professional epoxy flooring systems. However, epoxy offers you a lot of value in terms of what you invest, and the material itself offers minimal drawbacks. That being said, we want to help you make an informed decision by explaining the pros and cons of epoxy flooring. Here is all the information you need to know:
Pros of Professional Epoxy Flooring:
- The appearance of epoxy flooring is bright, flawless, and beautiful. The surface is smooth and there are never any visible signs of any damage or physical defects.
- The cost of epoxy flooring is relatively economical when you compare to some of the high-end flooring materials. You can also easily install epoxy coatings over your existing floor.
- Epoxy flooring is resistant to the effects of extreme weather as well as exposure to harsh chemicals. The epoxy overlay effectively seals off your concrete flooring so that heat and moisture won’t compromise the material.
- Epoxy flooring is also resistant to germs, bacteria, dust, dirt, and other forms of filth. This allows you to keep your flooring clean and sanitary at all times.
- In general, cleaning and maintenance are a lot easier when it comes to epoxy flooring. All you need is a broom, dustpan, mop and bucket, and a non-acidic cleaner to get the job done. Any oils or fluids that spill onto your floor are fairly easy to clean up – and they won’t leave behind any stains!
- You won’t find a more durable and resilient material than epoxy. With proper maintenance and regular cleanings, it can last for decades without showing any signs of physical deterioration.
- Properly installing the epoxy coatings and sealing off your concrete will prevent stains and cracks from forming in your floor. This will help you save a lot of time and money on repair and replacement services.
- A professional contractor will offer you virtually unlimited options when it comes to the design and appearance of your flooring. This includes a wide range of color schemes, textures, and other visual options. You can opt for something more subtle and straightforward, or you aim for something more dazzling and ambitious.
- Epoxy flooring will greatly improve your lighting situation. The shiny and reflective properties of the epoxy overlay will improve visibility by about 300%. This makes epoxy flooring ideal for commercial and industrial settings because greater visibility creates a safe work environment.
- Speaking of safety, The slip- and shock-resistant properties of epoxy make it the safest flooring option available. The material is also less abrasive than concrete and other types of industrial flooring. Epoxy can withstand temperatures exceeding 200 degrees, which also makes it the most fire-resistant flooring option.
Cons of Professional Epoxy Flooring:
- Although the material is incredibly long-lasting, you will need to replace it at some point and re-apply a new epoxy coating. An indication that you will need to replace your epoxy coating is when it begins to chip and peel.
- Epoxy flooring can be very slippery when wet. However, you can request your contractor to include an anti-slip additive in your epoxy mixture prior to the installation process.
- There is a lot of work involved when it comes to preparing your concrete floor to receive the epoxy overlay. You will need to remove any oil stains or grease on your floor while also thoroughly cleaning the entire surface. Also, any unsightly defects will need repairing. The prep-work can be somewhat time-consuming and in many cases, it will take longer to complete than the actual installation.
- If you don’t install your epoxy flooring properly, then it will begin to peel and chip within a few years. This usually happens with DIY projects.
The Limitations of DIY Projects
DIY epoxy flooring is something that you should avoid. It’s very easy to overcomplicate the process when you’re doing it all by yourself. Why take on the task on your own when you can hire a professional to get the job done? We understand that you want to save money or challenge yourself, but think about the quality, experience, and skill of a professional contractor. They will ensure that no mistakes are made throughout the entire process.
Also, properly preparing your concrete floor will require you to have access to specialized equipment and cleaning supplies. You may need to obtain a grinding machine to smoothen out the surfaces of your flooring. This will ensure that the epoxy bonding agent will undergo proper adhesion. It’s also very tempting to purchase a DIY epoxy flooring kit from a home improvement store because they are so incredibly cheap. These kits, however, usually contain low-quality materials, which means that they will produce low-quality results. We understand that DIY projects can be a fun undertaking, but epoxy floor installations are not one of them.
We also want to discuss the difficulties of adhesion in moist environments. Take, for example, your downstairs basement. This is certainly an ideal place to install epoxy flooring because your basement tends to trap a lot of moisture which can compromise the concrete material. The excess presence of moisture will make it difficult for the epoxy overlay to adhere to the surface. The contractor whom you hire will need to properly dry off your basement flooring for optimal adhesion. If your basement experiences a lot of chronic moisture problems, then the epoxy will lift off the floor and you will need to redo the installation.
If you want to learn more about epoxy flooring solutions, then you are encouraged to give us a call. One of our team members can explain the entire process in full detail. We can also go over pricing, scheduling, and what is required from you prior to installation.