Epoxy Floor Coating

If you’re looking into ways to coat and protect your floor, you’ve probably come across epoxy or epoxy floor coating. Epoxy is also known as polyepoxide and is a glass-like, high-shine application that makes floors glossy, often laid over terrazzo, chip and colored aggregate flooring. Thickness depends on how many coats are applied and depending on the epoxy, curing takes between between 3 days and 2 weeks. It is designed to protect porous surfaces from damage and dirt.

Epoxy Floor

Pros of Epoxy Floor Coating

Epoxy has a noticeably glossy appearance when applied to most things, specifically flooring, so it’s often chosen by business owners for its beautifying quality. It can hide imperfections in concrete and resists stains. It is considered suitable for industrial purposes and commercial areas because of its durability and resilience. It can withstand heavy foot traffic. It adheres well to most floor types, such as concrete, metal, ceramic tile and wood and it’s relatively cheap to install.

Cons on Epoxy Floor Coating

While epoxy is very popular, there are several major drawbacks with epoxy coatings:

  1. Once parts of the coating is chipped, cracked, or damaged it should be removed.
  2. It is very difficult and labour intensive to remove an epoxy coating.
  3. Downtime to operations due to the very long dry time. Depending on the epxoy, it can take from 2 to 7 days for the coating to fully cure, during that time the floor should not be used.
  4. It can be difficult to apply, sometimes air bubbles can be created from gas in the floor.
  5. Over time the coating can become very slippery.
  6. UV light from the sun can damage epoxy coatings.

Epoxy Floor Coating Maintenance

Epoxy floors are nonporous, which blocks out bacteria and dust but as a result requires constant cleaning because dirt and dust will simply sit on top of the surface until cleaned, making it easier for people passing through to scratch the floor when they step on top of the debris. For a more vigorous clean choose a cleaning agent that is mild, non abrasive or pH neutral if possible to extend the life of your floor. Epoxy is notoriously difficult to remove, it is of the utmost importance to keep it new for as long as possible.

Green Shield Floors Solutions

If you are considering using epoxy coating for your project, you owe it to yourself to contact us and check out one of our alternative solutions that offer greater benefits and easier to maintain.