Common Misconceptions About Epoxy
Here are 7 misconceptions about epoxy flooring that may be able to save you a lot of time and money. Proper flooring is essential to add longevity to any home or business. An epoxy coated floor will last for years with minimum maintenance. Epoxy flooring is resilient against oil, chemicals, dirt and dust debris which would otherwise degrade untreated cement over time.
- Epoxy coating is expensive.
Epoxy is an investment that saves money in the long run due to its durability and requires minimal maintenance. Cheaper flooring options require regular maintenance due to its lack of resistance against daily wear and tear. This results in more time and money getting wasted on expensive repairs.
- Epoxy flooring doesn’t need professional installation.
Proper equipment, quality materials, and experience are needed to install epoxy properly and ensure durability. The DIY epoxy kit pales in comparison to the professional-grade ones being used. Also, there is a proper technique used to properly prepare the concrete surface in order for the layers to bond. Trained professionals have the tools, techniques, and experience required to install the epoxy floor coating flawlessly.
- Epoxy flooring is slippery.
On the contrary, epoxy flooring is not slippery and is skid resistant. Epoxy coating has an anti-slip feature which include raised bumps in the flooring to prevent slipping. Due to this feature, epoxy is the preferred choice for industrial buildings, hospitals, and doctor’s offices where slipping is of high risk to the staff.
- Epoxy coatings can only be applied to new concrete floors.
Epoxy flooring can be applied to both existing and new floors. They can be applied pre-or post-construction.
- Epoxy floors must be reapplied every few years.
Epoxy floors have a longer lifespan than many other floor types. Strong and durable, it can withstand a great deal of foot and vehicular traffic, as well as wear and tear from heavy machinery and equipment. Epoxy is also highly impervious to bleaches and daily cleaners. With proper maintenance, a professionally installed epoxy floor coating can last between 10-15 years.
- Paint is just as good as an epoxy floor coating.
A coat of paint will not protect concrete from abrasions and chemical stains. Although epoxy resembles paint, it is a completely different substance. When epoxy binds to a concrete surface it creates a durable resin coating that protects the floor from damage.
- Epoxy floors aren’t attractive.
Epoxy floor coatings are attractive and customizable. Epoxy floorings can be custom made with different patterns, colors, and designs. It increases the brightness of the floor by 200% adding to the value and beauty of your home or business.
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