A Quick Guide on Epoxy Flooring for Residential Applications

Posted on: 22 April 2021

You may have heard of epoxy but are unsure what it means other than it is a coating. Epoxy, in itself, is a type of resin polymer that hardens when cured. As such, it is typically applied onto a concrete base for purposes such as increasing the strength of the material as well as adding decorative qualities to it. The more layers of epoxy applied, the thicker the resulting plane and this creates a robust surface.

Due to how strong epoxy flooring is, it is commonly employed in commercial properties that experience a considerable amount of traffic. For example, hospitals, warehouses, manufacturing plants, and more. Nonetheless, this does not mean that this flooring has no place in your home. If you have been unsure as to whether you should hire concrete contractors to install it, check out the following quick guide on epoxy flooring for residential applications.

1. Where in your home should you install epoxy flooring?

Generally speaking, concrete contractors would recommend installing epoxy flooring to damaged areas in your home. If you have outdoor or indoor concrete flooring that has started to show signs of decline such as crumbling, cracking, and so on, installing epoxy flooring can help with camouflaging the signs of deterioration while restoring the integrity of your floors. However, this is not the only application for epoxy flooring.

If you are looking to update the interior décor of your home, you may want to consider investing in epoxy flooring since this material can add a touch of glamour to any room. Lastly, if you are looking to make the switch from solid wood floors to a more durable and less demanding material, epoxy flooring would be a great fit once the boards of solid wood are stripped away from the substrate.

2. What is the installation process?

Several steps go into the installation of epoxy flooring. The first stage is prepping of the underlying concrete and this entails grinding the floor so that all dents and imperfections are eliminated. Once the concrete is smooth, the resulting debris is cleared and the concrete contractors will degrease the surface of the floor. After preparing the concrete base, the contractors will then mix hardened and resins to create the epoxy solution.

Usually, two coats of the solution will suffice to bring your epoxy flooring to life but you can opt for more if you choose. It is important to note that the second coat of epoxy should not be applied until the first coat has dried completely and this can about a day. Hence, epoxy floorings are typically ready for use after a few days.


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