The benefits of epoxy floor coating can easily out weight the initial investment. Let’s face it, concrete floors often do not get much attention. More often than not, they are merely a means to an end and serve purely as a necessity simply because packed dirt just isn’t going to cut it. When we change our perspective about the value and utility a solid concrete floor provides, only then can we truly realize the benefits of epoxy floor coating applications. Below are our Top 10 picks as benefits of epoxy floor coating. If you have any questions about how an epoxy floor would benefit you, please do not hesitate to contact us. We’re always happy to answer any questions you have about epoxy flooring or concrete restoration.
Benefits of Epoxy Floor Coating
Easy to Clean
No matter what epoxy coating application chosen, the floor surface is very easy to clean. A smooth textured coating can simply be broom swept or air blown to remove dirt and dust. Because of the self leveling attributes of epoxy, there’s no need to be concerned with dirt and grime building up in small crevices. Mopping is a cinch, or if you have drains installed in the floor, the epoxy floor surface can be sprayed down with a water hose or pressure washer. For big messes, it is safe to use degreasers and other chemicals. Best of all, epoxy floors do not have grout! The non-porous floor surface does not allow oils or other liquids to penetrate the surface or stain, so removal is done very easily.
One of the greatest benefits of epoxy floor coating is durability. Epoxy is a combination of resin mixed with hardeners. Once applied to a textured or porous surface, the epoxy bonds directly to the substrate. The process actually makes the flooring a more durable surface. Think of the epoxy coating as a layer of armor over the floor. This means that the floor can now withstand a greater amount of impact weight. With proper care and maintenance, a professionally installed epoxy floor will last many years without peeling or cracking. Something to note, however… concrete often has a tendency to crack. The cracking can occur for several reasons, such as ground moisture, ground movement, or pure weight. Though an epoxy floor coating will have add a great amount of durability to the surface, it’s important for you to remember the general properties and behavior of concrete.
No other concrete overlay is more attractive than an epoxy floor coating. By now, we’re sure that you have seen businesses with epoxy coatings or visited a friend’s garage who has an epoxy flooring. The truth is that the epoxy floor coatings look really sharp. There are a wide variety of colors and decorative flake patterns that can compliment almost any design. Take a peak at some before and after photos to really get an idea of the startling difference that an epoxy coating will make.
A realized benefit of epoxy floor coating is its chemical and stain resistant properties. Gasoline, brake fluid, oil, anti-freeze, or other corrosive chemicals can easily be cleaned without impacting the aesthetics of the flooring. Moreover, the epoxy coating can be routinely exposed to these chemicals and still maintain its color and composure.
Depending on the surface texture that is installed, an epoxy flooring can be slip resistant, as well as heat and fire resistant. Many commercial applications benefit from using the epoxy coating to designate safety zones, safe walkways, or material holding areas. Other commercial applications have used the epoxy flooring to designate vehicle driveways, bay parking outlines, or fork lift tracks in warehouses. The benefits are endless, and the payoffs are priceless.
An epoxy flooring not only provides safety attributes, but another benefit of epoxy floor coating is that it can be incredibly functional. Manufacturing plants use the distinctive attributes of epoxy resin to designate Kan-ban areas and parts inventory. Automotive shops decorate their flooring to specify parts placement, tire placements, and tool locations. Doing so enhances the productivity of the entire shop when everyone knows exactly where things belong. Area designation also helps with cleaning since the floor can be completely cleared, and when everything is put back, the equipment is delivered back to its natural location. Warehouses use epoxy color variations to identify loading zones and shipment staging areas, while restaurants or retail stores may have an epoxy coating applied to coincide with the abeyance or theme they are working to convey. In hospitals, epoxy floors are also a sanitary safe flooring option.
Compared to other flooring options, an epoxy coating is a far more cost effective benefit. Standard unfinished concrete (for most places an epoxy floor would be applicable) is probably the cheapest way to go in terms of the initial investment. However, depending on the establishment, concrete can be tireless to maintain due to the need to remove stains, chemical abrasions, floor mats, water sealants, potential accidents, and so on. If you take it up a notch and paint the floor, another level of maintenance has been added; you’d probably be better off leaving it as exposed concrete. Tile or wood floors are also a really nice touch, but the initial investment can be costly. There is also no comparison between the durability and longevity that an epoxy coating has compared to tile or wood floors. With an epoxy flooring, there is no grout, no broken tiles, no chipped or broken wood slats, no sealers needed, and no waxes or polishing required. Epoxy floors are dollar-for-dollar the greatest value for the money.
Customers find great fulfillment in seeing how quickly they can reap the benefits of epoxy floor coating. The process of applying an epoxy floor occurs very quickly, which means that commercial or residential floor space can suffer little disruption. The size of the floor will certainly determine the amount of time that an epoxy application will take. Color variations can also slightly extend the application period.
A smooth textured epoxy coating will often be shiny or reflective. Solid colors are generally more useful for brightening, with white obviously being the most popular for adding the highest reflective light to a room. In some applications, brightness will help provide more light adding to the safety of the environment. For others, the sheen is an easy way to detect debris, spills, dried liquids, or unwelcome objects or pests. Other brightness benefits of epoxy coatings can be for pure aesthetics and how the room makes someone feel when walking into it.
As you may have read above, the greatest benefit of epoxy floor coating is the versatility of applications. There are numerous success stories from commercial epoxy applications like: restaurants, warehouses, manufacturing,, hospitals, hotels, retail centers, auto body shops, auto mechanic shops, grocery stores, department stores, aircraft hangers and the list goes on. Residential application have included: game rooms, kitchens, hallways, laundry rooms, garages, storage sheds, barns, and personal aircraft or watercraft storage.
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There are many online resources that discuss the benefits of epoxy floor coating and concrete flooring. One of our favorites is ConcreteNetwork.com.