Epoxy Flooring

What you need to know about epoxy floor coatings

Until fairly recently, epoxy flooring was mostly found in nonresidential spaces, such as restaurants, public areas, commercial garages and industrial settings. However, over the last few years, epoxy flooring systems have gained popularity as an innovative and attractive residential flooring solution most popular in garages but also found in kitchens, living rooms and practically any other room of the home. Homeowners appreciate epoxy's surprising durability, as well as its capacity to create a glossy floor without any visible seams, planks or mortar.

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What is Epoxy Flooring?

Epoxy is a synthetic material related to plastic that is used in a wide range of applications in everyday life, from house paint to glue to various hard coatings. When used for flooring, epoxy is poured in place to create a solid, seamless, gleaming floor with a high degree of durability even when subjected to extremely heavy use. It is no wonder, then, that in the residential market, epoxy has become the high-end flooring of choice for garages, basements and utility rooms.

Installing Epoxy Floors

If you're looking to put a high-quality epoxy floor in your living room, dining room kitchen or bathroom, it's best to use a professional to do the installation, as achieving the perfect finish with epoxy can require considerable skills and experience. Fortunately, it is easy to find an epoxy flooring installer in your area by checking out online reviews and guides.

If, however, you're going to be installing the floor in a work area, you can save some money with a do-it-yourself kit. Generally, you won't need any special tools, and all of the instructions and materials are included in the kit.

Before applying a basement or garage floor epoxy, you will have to apply an etching solution to the existing floor to prepare it. Use the directions to mix and apply the solution to your clean basement or garage floor. After the allotted time, clean off the etching solution and apply the concrete primer, which should also be included in your kit. When that dries, spread the epoxy and cover it with the vinyl chips. The final step will be to apply an epoxy floor coating to seal and protect your new floor.

Epoxy Floor Coatings

To keep your epoxy floor looking like new and protect it from scuffs and spills, you'll want to seal it with either a clear gloss or a colored epoxy floor paint.

Of course, you can also spruce up your existing floor and add some of the benefits of epoxy with a basement or garage floor epoxy paint. This paint can be applied directly to the concrete floor and is similar to other floor paint except that it includes epoxy, which makes it stronger and longer-lasting, as well as rustproof, waterproof and resistant to heat, salt and acid. Plus, once it's dry, epoxy paint is nontoxic.