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Pros and Cons of Epoxy Floors

Epoxy floors are a popular flooring option in residential as well as industrial applications. They have a unique visual appeal and there are many options for the coatings on top regarding how the floor is used. Before you select an epoxy floor for your project, you need to weigh the pros and cons to see if it fits in with your requirements.

Epoxy flooring contains resin and a hardener and it can be installed over different floors such as concrete, tiled floors, wood floors etc. There is a chemical reaction that occurs which tightly adheres the epoxy to the floor underneath. The curing time for this flooring is very fast so you don’t need to wait for a long time until you can move in and start operations. Epoxy can be used in extreme environments with high traffic. They can withstand high temperatures and the effect of chemicals. It will resist peeling and it will stay as a consistent hard plastic layer over the floor for a long time. Some of the industries where epoxy flooring is used are pharmaceutical companies, dairy and electronics industries.

You won’t find any joints or seams in this flooring because the epoxy will be poured over an existing floor and you will not have any cracks in the floor. Because it creates a seamless surface, it is good for environments where sanitation is essential. Because there are no cracks or joints on the floor, dirt and germs can’t get in. There are also different additives such as anti-microbial additives that you can use with the resin to increase the sanitation properties of the floor. This is why it is used in many hospitals. Epoxy floors perform excellently even in the presence of water. For other flooring materials like solid wood, vinyl and laminate flooring, moisture is something that can warp or damage the material. But you will not see any damage with the epoxy floors. Because of this, it is very easy to clean the floor. Therefore, it is a good option for many factories and warehouses.

The durability of the floor is such that it can withstand heavy machinery operating on it and it can absorb shock well as well. Heat is not a deterrent to the floor and it can be used in many factories that deal with chemicals as it is durable in the face of chemical spills. However, there are some drawbacks as well. While a seamless floor makes for a clean surface it can become slippery when wet. So you need to be very careful when dealing with water or floor cleaners. You will get a chemical smell after the floor is installed and it starts to dry. But after the curing period, the smell will no longer be there. The curing time for different types of epoxy floors is different. But there are some floors that can take longer to dry than others. So this is something you need to look into before you buy the material.

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