Epoxy flooring has been a very popular flooring material for decades. Its simplicity makes it perfect for do-it-yourselfers. There are many ways epoxy flooring can be applied to a home or business. From flat floors to parking garages and more, epoxy flooring can do it all!
While epoxy flooring has many benefits, there are some disadvantages as well. Epoxies are not good for heat and extremely cold temperatures. Heat and cold damage resins over time. The extreme temperatures cause the resins to expand which creates bubbles that leak and create puddles under the floor. This happens regardless of whether you have carpeting, linoleum, or tile. Epoxy does not handle extremely low temperatures well and should not be used in these areas of your home or business.
Epoxy flooring comes in two basic forms. Flat and grooved are the two main types. Grooved flooring has a smooth surface and provides good insulation. Flat floors have a coarse surface and are used for floors in garage floors, walkways, and kitchen and bathroom floors.
Some epoxy floors are finished with a polyurethane coating that seals the floor. Other types have a coat of polyurethane that coats the floor only. If you have cracks or pits in your floor, then these epoxy floors may not work for you. Epoxy floors require holes or cracks to be filled in before they can be painted, so if you have holes in your floor, you’ll probably need to replace your entire floor.
The problem some people have with epoxy flooring is that it’s not a good choice for use in high traffic areas such as parking lots. If you have heavy machinery or vehicles in your garage, you’ll want to consider another type of coating. The best way to determine if epoxy floors are right for your garage is to bring it in for a visual inspection. If you notice cracks, chips, or other problems, then you may want to consider other garage floor options.
When selecting epoxy floors, there are several factors to consider. These factors include your needs, budget, the type of floor you need, and the method of installation. There are three basic epoxy flooring types. There is the acrylic coating, which is the most affordable; the resin coating, which are the least expensive; and the terra-cotta coating, which are the most durable and hardest. Each type has its own advantages and disadvantages.
Acrylic epoxy flooring systems can be installed quickly. The curing time is much shorter with this coating, so it is the most popular for new construction. It comes with a chemical sealer, meaning it cannot be removed easily. Also, it cures very quickly, so you will have an epoxy floor within four hours from the time it was installed.
The resin type of coating is the best choice for older structures, especially if they have many cracks. This type of coating does require a penetrating concrete sealant and is therefore heavier than acrylic epoxy flooring systems. In addition, it can be removed easily, but the surface has a much smaller cracking life.
A more expensive epoxy flooring system that can be used in older structures is the fiberglass-coated concrete floor coating. This coating is made of fiberglass that is injected into the ground. The fiberglass is extremely hard, durable, and long-lasting.
When considering the installation of epoxy flooring systems, you should also take into account the possibility of cracks. These cracks may appear almost anywhere on the surface of the flooring. Typically, these cracks occur in areas where the stress of traffic isn’t very heavy. For example, in the area of traffic beams, or overhang at walls. If the concrete floors have cracks where the traffic weight is light, the epoxy flooring can be very effective in resisting moisture.
Before installing epoxy flooring surfaces, you need to know what your required tolerances are. The tolerances are measurement units that define how much movement of the concrete floor system will be tolerated. There are two millimeters between all the edges of the floor. Usually, if you want to have smooth epoxy flooring surfaces, then the tolerances should be increased by one millimeter. In addition, if you install the flooring surface with higher tolerances, the cost of the epoxy flooring system will be reduced. In most cases, the cost of the epoxy flooring system will be approximately one percent per linear foot.
Many people prefer epoxy floors and many garage floors are now made of these floors. These floors are great for garages as well as inside storage sheds. Epoxy floors provide good traction and durability for most garage floors. Garage floors made from epoxy floors will withstand heavy truck traffic and will be easy to maintain.