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What are the benefits to epoxy flooring?
No matter where it’s installed, epoxy floor coatings have a lot to offer. Here are the biggest reasons facility managers and homeowners invest in epoxy flooring.
- Withstands heavy-duty wear and tear including heat, extreme cold, road salt, gas and oil spills chemicals, abrasion, impact, and vehicle traffic
- Isolates spills on the surface for fast and safe cleanup
- Slip-resistant surface when wet but skid-resistant additives can also be added
- Seamless and nonporous surface protects your concrete from damage
- Stops moisture from seeping up through a concrete floor in a basement
- Can last 10-20 years when installed by professionals on prepped concrete
- Very little maintenance required
- Easy to clean with sweeping and mopping. Even pressure washing is possible in industrial settings with cove protection
- Increases the brightness of the floor to make any space look larger and brighter
- USDA approved seamless surface can be used in commercial kitchens, public restrooms, and more
- May increase the value of your home with a high return on investment
- Easy to customize the look of epoxy with endless colors and design effects
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What different types of epoxy floors are there?
Epoxy flooring comes in many varieties, both in terms of the formula and its appearance. Here’s a brief overview of the types of epoxy floor systems used today and terms you may hear.
- Self leveling epoxy. The most common type of epoxy is self leveling epoxy flooring which is easy to level to create a smooth surface in office buildings, garages, and other settings.
- 100% solids epoxy. The most durable form of epoxy is 100% solids which can last up to 20 years even in the face of heavy abuse. DIY garage kits, by comparison, may be only 30-40% solids and only last a couple of years at the most. 100% solid epoxy floor coatings cure into a solid and durable surface with a layer up to 2mm thick.
- Water-based epoxy. Water-based epoxy coatings are useful in some applications but they work more as sealers and primers because they spread thinly and do not offer the durability of 100% solids epoxy.
- Epoxy mortar flooring. This is the most durable type of epoxy available. It’s made up of 100% solid epoxy with ground quartz. Mortar epoxy is best used in industrial settings where extreme chemical resistance and impact resistance is needed
- Quartz epoxy. This type of epoxy combines epoxy polymer resins and colored quartz for a decorative floor system that’s also sanitary and durable.
- Anti-static epoxy. Also known as electro-static charge (ESD) epoxy, this type of epoxy is made with a conductive compound that holds static electricity that dissipates any discharge. It’s used in areas containing flammable materials and sensitive electronics.
- Epoxy flake flooring. This type of epoxy concrete coating uses colorful epoxy flakes to add a multi-colored and textured effect to your epoxy floor. These flakes offer a skid-resistant surface and come in a huge array of colors and textures.
- Metallic epoxy flooring. This form of epoxy flooring creates a one-of-a-kind visual effect thanks to metallic pigments in the epoxy that are agitated in various ways before the epoxy cures. The end result is a floor with the illusion of depth and movement that may resemble lava, flowing water, lightning, smoke, or marble.