Benefits of an Epoxy Floor Coating
If you are planning to replace or finish a floor, you need to consider epoxy. Why? There are several reasons, all of which add up to making the benefits of an epoxy floor. In fact, what makes a floor epoxy finish truly unique is that it offers the most comprehensive combination of benefits available on the market today. It truly is the best option out there for floor protection.
Did you know? Epoxy flooring is just as suitable for a commercial surface as a residential one.
In this article, we will cover the benefits of installing epoxy flooring in your residence or commercial property. As epoxy flooring experts with nearly 10 years of experience in the industry, now serving Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec, we know a thing or two about epoxy. We want to share some of our real-world knowledge with you as you consider which coating option is right for your floor.
9 Key Benefits of an Epoxy Floor Coating
When it comes time to replace a floor, there are a lot of things to consider. You want to find a solution that offers excellent value for your dollar, in terms of durability, usability, and visual appeal. With these factors in the back of your mind, consider the nine most impressive benefits of an epoxy floor.
1. Epoxy is incredibly strong
As far as floor coating options in a setting go, epoxy is appealing because it is so strong. You can keep all your tools, and have plenty of storage without concern for the durability of the surface. Indeed, epoxy can withstand a lot in terms of weight.
2. Epoxy is non-porous and seamless
No matter what type of surface you go with, you want it to protect the underlying cement surface. Why? Damage to the cement means it will need to be replaced, which is a costly and disruptive job. Epoxy essentially takes this risk off the table because it is non-porous. Water, dirt, cleaning chemicals, paints – none of these substances will penetrate your floor.
3. Epoxy is chemical-resistant
If your floor is ever exposed to chemical substances then a floor epoxy solution is your safest bet. Otherwise, the chemical products will affect the aesthetic of your flooring system : appearance of stain, change of color. It will also definitely affect the durability and protection purpose of your floor, which is very likely to crack and damage the concrete underneath.
Did you know? Epoxy floor coating is commonly used in many commercial facilities because of its chemical-resistant properties. Facilities like commercial kitchens, research laboratories, healthcare clinics and hospitals, schools, and pharmaceutical facilities all turn to epoxy flooring for its chemical-resistant properties among others.
4. Epoxy is VOC-free
Some floor coating solutions are packed full of volatile organic compounds (VOC) that are known to cause health risks, especially for those with asthma, if individuals have prolonged exposure.
Epoxy is made up of resins, hardeners, and other additives specific to your needs and preferences. It has a low smell during installation and this disappears very quickly after drying, which is more than you can say about a lot of the sealers for interior concrete floors you will find at your local hardware store. So if you are thinking of adding a sealer to your concrete floor and calling it a day, we suggest taking a minute to consider the health consequences of that decision. Epoxy offers an alternative that will not harm your health or the health of your loved ones.
5. Epoxy adds lighting
This might seem counterintuitive, but it makes a big difference. Put it this way: what do commercial showrooms and a residential all have in common? They all struggle for appealing light sources. The high-gloss finish of an epoxy floor reflects existing lighting back into the room, adding a vital source of light and also creating an impression of space.
The light-reflecting properties of epoxy are particularly helpful for handymen who work there at night. If you like to spend evenings in your facility and do not have excellent light sources available, a shiny floor is an effective alternative.
6. Epoxy comes in many colors
Do not under-estimate how a floor coating looks! Do you want to have some personality, some flair? Epoxy coating offers you this option without having to compromise on durability and protection. Choose from a range of design and colors , personalize and make your stand out!
Did you know? Epoxy is an excellent option for any rooms in the household? If you are wondering whether epoxy might work in your kitchen or bathroom, consult our epoxy flooring guide to learn more.
7. Epoxy is non-slip
Safety is always a top concern with flooring, and your working space is no different. If you are dealing with a slippery floor, you know just how dangerous they can be. During the winter months, when snow and ice tracks into the floor from the outside, your floor can get wet – and when it’s wet, it gets slippery.
To avoid injury or risk of damage from a slippering floor, there are quick-fix and permanent options to consider. We’ll cover some of the most common quick-fix alternatives before getting into the benefits of epoxy as a permanent solution to dangerously slippery floors.
Quick fix: floor runner
Aquick-fix option is a floor runner, which is essentially a long rug connecting the to the house door. The issue with floor runners tends to be that they take a long time to dry
Permanent fix: epoxy floor
A theme across this article is that epoxy floor coating provides the most comprehensive collection of benefits, and this is true here once again when dealing with a slippering surface. There are plenty of quick fix options out there, and, they will provide some protection for a couple of seasons. What they will not do is protect the entire surface for more than 10 years. That achievement is reserved for epoxy coating.
Why is epoxy non-slip?
An epoxy coating can be mixed with a gritty non-slip additive. The additive makes the final product smooth and soft enough to walk on but grippy enough to protect you and anyone using it from losing their footing. If you are interested in a non-slip floor epoxy coating, contact us today!
8. Epoxy stands the test of time
When you install a new floor, you want it to last. And you want it to retain its qualities over many years so that you don’t have to worry about maintenance. Here again epoxy makes an excellent choice.
Epoxy is highly durable. It is roughly five times thicker than average paint solutions because it is made of resins, hardening solutions, and other additives specific to your needs. The other features mentioned in this article, including its chemical-resistant and non-porous properties, contribute to epoxy’s durability. In fact there is no alternative on the market that is as long-lasting as epoxy. It truly is designed to stand the test of time.
9. Epoxy is quick and easy to install
With all the usability benefits mentioned already, you might be thinking epoxy is a hassle to install. But here again epoxy may surprise you in that it is quick and easy to install relative to other flooring solutions.
At B-Protek, it takes us 3 to 4 days to install an epoxy floor. Note that the timing is always dependent on the size of the project, the type of finishes you choose, and other project-specific requirements.
But a word of caution before you go about installing it on your own. In order to enjoy all the benefits detailed in this article, there can be no flaws or issues in the installation process. Furthermore, the epoxy paints you can buy at the store do not compare with the professional-grade mixes we prepare to suit the specifics of your unique floor.
Let’s Coat Your Floor with Epoxy!
Epoxy coating is a popular choice for good reason. It is cost-effective, durable, and high-performing even in spaces that see heavy foot traffic and plenty of exposure to moisture and chemicals. With regular cleaning and maintenance, you will be able to enjoy the benefits of an epoxy floor for 10 years or more. Be sure to check out our complete epoxy flooring guide to learn more!
If you want to discuss the details of your next flooring project, don’t hesitate to contact one of our floor experts. We’d be happy to explore in greater detail whether epoxy floor coating is the right choice for you.