The Various Types of Epoxy Flooring Systems

Various Types of

Epoxy Flooring Systems

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Are you tired of dealing with the conventional flooring systems like tile, carpet, and hardwood in your home? Sometimes polished concrete, stamped concretes and concrete overlays just don’t get the job done in commercial facilities or even in garages. So what should you do now? Well, when it feels like you are at the end of the line, have you thought about epoxy flooring? We know, epoxy flooring is dull, gray and for industrial settings, right? Well no, not at all! Due to recent innovations in the epoxy field, there are ways to transform your concrete into a work of art with epoxy flooring with the dozens of different types of epoxy. So today, we are going to be going through the most popular types of epoxy and what they have to offer down below! Let’s get started.
What Is Epoxy? Is It Worth It?
Before we get into the different types of epoxy, a good starting point is what an epoxy flooring system really is. For example, a real epoxy system is a 2 part formula consisting of epoxy resins and activators/hardeners. The one part epoxies you can buy from the local hardware store are not true epoxy, but we will get more into that a little later. But, right now we are going to be talking a little about the pros and cons of using an epoxy flooring system down below:
  • Ultra-durable
  • Long-lasting
  • Superior chemical resistance
  • Easily maintainable
  • Can be slippery when wet
  • Hard to remove
  • Some have toxic fumes while installing
  • Fast cure epoxies are hard to install in time
100 Percent Solid Epoxy
Solid Epoxy
This type of epoxy is the strongest and most durable flooring system on the market hands down. With its inflated durability comes an inflated price tag but this shouldn’t scare you away because you get what you pay for. Along with all of the amazing features this flooring has, it may not be suitable for all settings, even considered overkill in some. But, if you are looking for the best performance and protection for your concrete slab, look no further than a 100 percent solid epoxy system. Down below, we have outlined a few pros and cons of using 100 percent epoxy:
  • 15,000 PSI weight tolerance
  • Can fully cure in one hour
  • Will last up to 30 years
  • More expensive than typical epoxy
  • Harder to find
  • May need professional installation
Two-Part Water Based Epoxies
Water Based Epoxies
The next step down from the one hundred percent solid epoxy is the two-part water-based epoxy system. Where the 100 percent solid system is pure epoxy resin to hardener, the main difference with water-based epoxy is the solvent used is water. The two-part water-based system is the most popular form of epoxy as it is used for most residential projects and even low duty commercial facilities. There are however both pros and cons to using this type of epoxy and you can find them down below
  • Easy to obtain
  • Much more affordable
  • Low odor
  • Not as durable as 100 percent solid
  • Will need to be refinished every half-decade
  • Tremendous concrete preparations
DIY Paint Epoxies
DIY Paint Epoxies
DIY “epoxy” kits are not epoxy at all and you should never consider using them unless the area you are coating is being used for showcasing like in model homes or showrooms. These epoxies have no benefit either than being an extremely affordable system to obtain. If you are thinking about using a painted epoxy, you will find the pros and cons of using them down below:
  • Budget-friendly
  • Easy to find
  • Easy to work with
  • Not real epoxy
  • Can delaminate with heavy use
  • Will only last 2-3 years
Decorative Epoxies
DIY Paint Epoxies
Not all epoxy flooring systems are the gray and boring commercial and industrial epoxies that you see on TV. As a matter of fact, there are dozens of different types of decorative epoxies that are considered some of the most attractive finishes on the market. Have you ever wondered what a decorative epoxy could look like? Well down below, we have outlined a few of the different types of decorative epoxies you can find today!
  • Metallic Epoxy Flooring
  • Epoxy Flake Flooring
  • Graveled/Quarts Epoxy
Now that you know about the different types of epoxy flooring, its time to figure out where you want to put your new epoxy flooring! We wish you the best of luck in your future projects!