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Is Epoxy Flooring Right for Your Home?

Updated: Mar 18

There are a lot of reasons people put an epoxy coat over their flooring. There are tons of pros to this project, and only a few cons. In this article, our experts will help you determine whether or not epoxy flooring is the right choice for your home.


One variety of many unique epoxy floorings: wood!
Wood with epoxy.

Pros

Easy maintenance: Epoxy floors have a reputation for being easy to keep tidy. They make sweeping quick & cleaning up spills effortless.

Super durable: With epoxy, rest assured your floors will be protected from any & all impact. You can drive on it, park on it, store heavy equipment on it, or lay out your tools and work on a major project, causing no damage to the floor. Long story short, it's pretty hard to damage it.

Extremely safe: Epoxy is slip resistant, shock resistant, and less abrasive than concrete and other types of industrial flooring. It is also water resistant, and will protect your floor from any spills, including harsh chemicals that would harm other types of flooring. On top of it all, ordinary/basic epoxy can withstand heat up to 170 degrees Celsius, and heat resistant epoxy can take up to 315 degrees.

Polished appearance: Your floors will be virtually seamless, and the glossy finish makes it look clean and professional, and give it that "showroom" look. It is also available in a wide array of hues, all depending on your desires.


Fresh copper mountain epoxy installed in a garage.
Epoxy installed in a garage.

The Cons

Strong application fumes: Wet epoxy gives off an unpleasant smell. Epoxy staff wear masks and safety goggles to protect themselves, as the fumes are not only unfavorable in scent, but can also be toxic.

Long curing time: Installation of epoxy flooring systems takes several days to cure completely, depending on the type of epoxy coating and the intensity of the project. Applications usually take 72 hours to dry and cure completely. However, applying epoxy in smaller home areas such as garages could take only 24 hours.

Slippery when wet: Because epoxy is made to be non-porous, it can become extremely slippery when wet. However, there are mitigating factors to this issue, all of which can be added or adjusted during the application process and should be discussed with your epoxy flooring experts. With these additional materials, the epoxy floor coating could become mostly non-slip! It all depends on the application you choose.


The only major downside to epoxy flooring is that it is tricky and messy to install. It can be very time-consuming and messy as a DIY project, so much so that most experienced DIYers refuse to do it as a personal project and will often hire an experienced company to do it. Though do-it-yourself kits are available at most hardware stores, they often include low quality materials that do not yield the best results.


The prep work is a big part of this. The ground must absolutely be clear of all solvents, grease, oil, and other debris before the epoxy paint can be applied. In many cases, you would need to invest in specialized cleaning materials and equipment. You'd also need a grinding machine in order for the epoxy to adhere properly on the smoothened surface.


Conclusion

Epoxy flooring comes in many varieties and brings tons of advantages when installed. This project requires low (if any) maintenance and is definitely worthwhile. If epoxy sounds right for your space, Mill Creek Painters has a specialized crew ready to get to work! Click here for a free estimate.

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