We won’t lie. Epoxy flooring is not something many people have heard of. And it can be quite confusing at times. But we’ve been in the industry for years and have the hands on knowledge needed to handle your flooring needs. To help make the process simpler for you, we’ve compiled some common questions to answer. We hope you find what you’re looking for. But, if you don’t see your question below, don’t hesitate to call. We are ready and eager to help.
What is epoxy flooring?
Epoxy flooring is a unique floor material that has steadily grown in popularity. Once a concrete floor has been smoothed and prepped, a resin and a hardening chemical are mixed together. The chemical reaction will turn the mixture into a hard plastic floor over a few days. So the compound is poured onto the concrete and allowed to harden before a second or third layer is applied. This liquid to solid process gives epoxy flooring the ability to be strong, stain resistant, and more. Its most popular uses are in hospitals, schools, garages, and industrial environments. But it can be just as useful for residential living rooms, kitchens, or other rooms types.
What are the benefits of epoxy flooring?
There are an immense number of benefits to choosing epoxy flooring. The first and foremost one is the price. The materials and installation costs are not very high, making it an easy investment. It’s also stain resistant. So if you were to spill liquids or chemicals, it would be an easy clean. The glossy surface makes messes a little less stressful. That’s why they’re popular for garages and hospitals. But, recently, they’ve become popular for living rooms, because they’re easy to add designs to. Patterns, swirls, and colors make this durable surface into a piece of art.
How much does it cost for epoxy flooring?
There are two costs to epoxy flooring. Materials and installation. First is the materials. Epoxy flooring can be purchased by the gallon as it starts as a liquid. The pricing can range anywhere from $30 to $150 depending on the percentage of epoxy in the mixture. The more epoxy, the more expensive it is. Then, you need to actually install your new floor. You can attempt to do it yourself, with kits coming in around $600. But, epoxy flooring is actually a fairly difficult process. Solutions have to be mixed, the concrete base has to be prepared just right, and the drying and layering process must be precise. Any mistakes will result in chipping, uneven flooring, or bubbles. So it would be best to hire a professional and trained technician to install the epoxy. Most companies will charge by the square foot. So call today to get an official quote and start your journey to a stunning epoxy floor.
What is concrete polishing?
Similar to epoxy flooring is polished concrete. Polished concrete flooring has the same shine and sleek feel to it, without pouring epoxy on top. It is, however, not as durable, long lasting, or stain resistant as epoxy flooring. If you do choose to go with polished concrete, we can handle it no problem. Concrete floors are rough and have blemishes or divots. Abrasive diamond fragments are used to buff the concrete, so it is free of any imperfections. Then, it is best to seal it to keep it from damaging easily right away. It’s also important to keep polished concrete floors clean and buffed on a regular basis to maintain them properly. You wouldn’t want to go through the trouble of getting your concrete polished and then let it get in disrepair.
What is the difference between epoxy and epoxy resin?
First, it’s important to debunk a common misconception. Epoxy is actually first and foremost an ingredient. So when you ask what epoxy is, it’s a part of many things. Epoxy flooring is made using epoxy. Epoxy resin also uses epoxy and is sometimes part of the epoxy flooring process. You can use epoxy resin to seal in concrete, giving it extra strength and shine. It starts as a liquid, just like epoxy flooring, and hardens as it sets. There are very subtle differences, but nothing too major. You can ask one of our friendly and knowledgeable technicians to explain it further if you need. And we can always help you decide which is right for you and your flooring project. Because we’ve seen and done it all when it comes to floors and know how to handle any project, big or small.