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Understanding the Pros and Cons of Epoxy Floors

by on June 20, 2012

Finding a flooring solution that stands the test of time, resists chemicals, spills and stains, and looks good to boot can be hard to do. It seems like every type of flooring available has some sort of drawback, though epoxy floors might seem like they have fewer. However, while epoxy is an excellent choice for a variety of needs, even this material has both pros and cons. If you’re considering having epoxy floors installed in your home or business, you’ll need to consider the follow benefits and disadvantages before you make a decision.

Affordability

One of the most immediate advantages you’ll find with epoxy flooring is its affordability. Per square foot, it’s hard to beat the cost here. Because epoxy flooring can be installed directly over concrete and other flooring types, you’ll find that installation costs are quite a bit lower than in other situations.

Resistant

Another pro of epoxy floors is the fact that they’re highly resistant to just about everything, including oil, bleach, transmission fluid, cleansers and more. That’s one reason they’re frequently used in garages and within the automotive industry. However, they’re also resistant to bacteria and germs, which makes these floors good choices for hospitals and clinics.

Durability

Of course, epoxy floors are exceptionally durable, and can offer a longer lifespan than many other floor types. The only material that beats epoxy is concrete, though your concrete needs to be properly sealed and maintained (and is required beneath an epoxy coating anyway).

Not Permanent

One of the cons to using epoxy on your floors is that it’s not a permanent flooring solution. It will need to be replaced eventually, unlike some other flooring solutions. Everyday wear and tear will eventually take its toll on the surface and you’ll have to put down a new coat of epoxy to keep things looking good. This is especially true if heavy things are dropped on the floor – chipping is a common issue.

Slipping

This con is not universal – you’ll find that oil-covered epoxy can be very slippery. However, if you are able to texturize your floor, you can mitigate this risk, at least to some degree. With that being said, epoxy floors are relatively skid resistant.

Preparation

One drawback that some people will find with epoxy floors is the significant preparation work necessary before applying a coat. All the grease and oil must be removed from the existing concrete, and chips and cracks will need to be filled as well. This increases the amount of time and effort necessary, but it can also increase costs in some instances.

As you can see, there are numerous pros and cons to using epoxy floors. If you are considering this type of flooring, the best idea is to speak with a professional contractor and have them conduct an analysis of your floor before making any decision. You might find that the contractor does recommend epoxy, though he or she might suggest another solution entirely, such as concrete overlay.

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