Choosing The

Best Epoxy Floor Coatings

Epoxy Flooring
When it comes to choosing your next epoxy floor coating, you can feel a bit overwhelmed. There are hundreds of different types of epoxies that you can find on the market right now so is there any way to decipher which ones are bad, good and the best? Well, as a matter of fact, there is! No matter what, epoxies boil down to two major elements and if the epoxy you are looking at doesn’t, you are not looking at the right epoxy. So today, we are going to be taking a closer look at the types of epoxies and which one is generally the best option down below!
100 Percent Solid Epoxies
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One of the easiest ways to determine if you are getting a real epoxy flooring system is by how many parts the system contains. With the 100 percent solid epoxy system, there are 2 parts, the epoxy resin, and the hardener. What makes the system 100 percent solid is that there are no chemical additives such as solvents providing a thick, attractive and ultra-durable flooring solution. Down below, you will find the benefits and the disadvantages of using a 100 percent solid epoxy-based flooring system:
  • Extremely smelly when applied
  • Costs 200 dollars more on average
  • Harder to DIY
  • Harder to find for unlicensed contractors
  • Dry times only take up to 24 hours
  • Longer lasting than all other epoxies
  • Provides a thick and durable finish
  • Additives can be applied
Two Part Water-Based Epoxies
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Remember where we said that a true epoxy is a 2 part system? Well, a water-based epoxy does, in fact, have 2 parts but there is a major difference that still makes this flooring good, but not great. The water-based epoxy uses, you guessed it, water as a solvent. This means that this form of epoxy typically takes much longer to dry, unlike the 100 percent epoxy-based system. But, this shouldn’t deter you from using this type of epoxy as there are many pros; but also cons, that make this flooring a worthy investment for light-duty commercial facilities and residential setting:
  • Low odor during application
  • Easy tool cleanup with soap and water
  • Between 50-100 dollars a gallon for materials
  • Will need to be recoated every few years
  • A full cure takes 2-3 days after installation
  • Not as durable as 100 percent solid epoxy
One Part Epoxy Paints
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We would recommend staying away from these one part “epoxies” as they are one of the most subpar flooring systems on the market. If you thought that these kits that you could pick up from the local hardware store could be just as good as a professionally installed epoxy floor, sadly they are nowhere close. They are however a very budget-friendly option that can be used to protect your concrete until you can install a real epoxy flooring system. These one-part epoxies offer the following pros and cons:
  • Affordable on most budgets
  • Easy to obtain
  • Easy to apply
  • Recoating required every few years
  • Nonexistent durability
  • Unreliable