Epoxy flooring is becoming an increasingly popular option for commercial flooring, but the question is, ‘How durable is epoxy flooring?’
There’s no doubt that these floors are quite an eye-catcher and can be installed in garages, workshops and your living room space. The current inclination towards epoxy flooring is because it is quite easy to maintain. Many of our clients are interested in them but are quite doubtful about their durability.
These floorings look brand new as long as they last and will significantly enhance the decor of the room you install them in. You can choose to install this yourself or get a professional to do it. But a question that we keep getting from our clients is: how durable are epoxy floorings?
If you are also bothered by the same question, then you are at the right place. In this guide, we will talk about the factors that determine the durability of epoxy flooring and what you can do to make them last longer.
So, without any delay, let’s check them out.
There’s quite a hype about epoxy flooring recently, and honestly, we are not surprised. It looks beautiful and lasts long, so what’s not to like? That said, if you’re still not convinced, give the following section a read.
Be it your warehouse or production facility, we have to say that epoxy floorings are excellent for every purpose. It does not matter if the environment is cold or hot; these kinds of flooring will last a long time.
However, finding the right epoxy flooring is indeed essential if you are looking for durability. With the right kind of epoxy, you can use it in deep freezers too. But you have to know the installation process like the back of your hand. Only then can you install it in the harshest of environments.
To enhance its durability, you need to put a urethane or any other top coating to seal the flooring. Once you do that, it will be able to handle harsh environments and heavy machinery. For big industries, epoxy floorings are great and viable options as they are pretty robust.
Homeowners and industry owners, you would know how annoying it gets when floors get scratched. We definitely are bothered as there’s a lot of money and effort required to fix them, if not get them replaced.
But when it comes to epoxy flooring, we do not have to worry because they are entirely resistant to scratching. This is mainly because the ingredients are such that scratches don’t form. So, they considerably last longer than the other alternatives.
To make it even better, you can put the necessary coatings to give it an extra shine and also prevent abrasion. Because of the coatings, the durability gets enhanced significantly
Unlike other floorings that might crumble when facing heavy traffic, epoxy floorings perform well. They are tough and can handle impact well without facing much damage. So, if you are planning to install this type of flooring in your factory, go ahead and do it.
Denting is not a problem that you will have to face with epoxy flooring. Even if you drag heavy pieces of equipment over it daily, it won’t face any abrasion or scratches. But remember, it won’t last well unless you take proper care.
We suggest that if you see a dent forming, attend to it immediately before things worsen. With timely fixing, your floors will last for a very long time.
Just because the flooring is resistant to scratches and can handle harsh conditions does not mean they are indestructible. In order to keep the flooring in the best shape, we always take into consideration where we are installing them and a range of other factors.
These factors help us determine how long the flooring will last. And in this section, we will talk about a few of them. So, let’s take a look.
Like any other product, you need to ensure that you take proper care of the epoxy floors. Maintaining them well would give them an extended lifespan. Depending on the use, you need to undertake the maintenance work.
If you have no idea where to start, let us help you out! What we do is give the floorings a quick sweep every day and deep clean it every alternate week. There is no fixed rule for it! If your floors tend to get dirty before that, clean them sooner.
It doesn’t take a lot to figure out that a car, driving every day at 100 mph will burn out quicker than one that hardly goes out. And epoxy flooring is no different!
If like us, you are installing epoxy flooring in the house, they are likely to encounter a moderate amount of traffic. Mostly in cases like this, it’s your family members and, at most, your furry friends walking on the floor.
On the other hand, commercial flooring in industries or workshops has to handle a lot more. As the heavy pieces of machinery get dragged on them, you can understand that they have to endure a lot.
So, we would suggest having a word with your contractor about the potential traffic the floors will have to handle before getting the epoxy floors installed. They are experienced and will be able to tell you about what would help maintain the durability of the floors better.
For durable epoxy floors that have the best finish, it is best that you assign a team of professionals. We always prefer doing the same. It is true that we know quite a lot about these types of flooring. However, we believe that there are more experienced people available for the job when it comes to installation.
Well, yes, DIY methods might seem like a cheaper alternative, but you need to remember that there are a lot of chemicals involved in the process that you might not be familiar with.
In case your concrete is not properly cured, there is a good chance that the epoxy won’t last for too long. And if the concrete is not in proper shape, the epoxy floorings are most likely to peel off.
The best thing to do is to give the concrete about a month’s time if you are planning to pour a fresh batch before installing the epoxy flooring. Ensure any cracks or abrasions on the concrete flooring are fixed before applying the epoxy resin.
If your flooring has an existing moisture issue, the chances are that the epoxy flooring won’t last too long. The hydrostatic pressure can lead to the water vapour getting trapped beneath the epoxy floorings and eventually break them apart.
This happens when the water vapour fails to pass through the floors. In order to avoid this problem, it is advisable that you conduct a moisture test before getting them installed. It is always better to be safe than sorry.
To be honest, chemical cleaners are not the problem, but how you use them might be. If you fail to remove the cleaning agent properly, their residue might cause unwanted damage to the floor. For this, it is best to keep the cleaning material on the floor only for a short while before rubbing it clean.
We hope that you have been able to learn a thing or two about the durability of epoxy flooring. This would help you determine whether going for this kind of flooring would be a good idea for your home or not.
In short, durability depends on a range of factors that we have discussed. Maintenance, as we have mentioned before, is the key. And if you play by the rulebook, these floors might last for a considerable period of time.
Until next time, fare thee well!