What is Epoxy Flooring and Where Can it be Used?

Epoxy floor paint

Finishing your new hard floors is a big choice– it’s permanent, it’s expensive, and it takes a long time to get the job done. An epoxy floor coating for your garage, gym, or shop is the perfect way to give your flooring a clean and polished finish that’s functional and durable enough to last for years to come.

Just like we said, though, an epoxy floor is a commitment. Once you’ve installed floor epoxy, it’s an equally big job to remove. You should make sure you know all of the ins and outs of epoxy coating for floors before you hire a contractor or start pouring your own epoxy. Let’s cover everything you ever wanted to know (and plenty that you didn’t) about epoxy floor coatings!

What is Epoxy Flooring, Anyways?

Epoxy flooring is a sturdy, shiny, medium-hard flooring material that’s suitable for heavy-duty use in a range of indoor and outdoor applications. Epoxy paint is a two-part solvent made from a thick resin and a hardener. The resin material is the part of the epoxy that’s dyed, and the hardener reacts with the resin to help the mixture set and solidify.

The solution hardens into a thick, durable plastic that’s soft enough to walk on comfortably but resilient enough to resist dents and scratches. This makes epoxy garage floor coating popular in high-traffic environments where carpets or hardwood floors would quickly fray, scuff, nick, tear, and wear out.

Where Can You Use Epoxy Flooring?

Epoxy garage floor coating is most commonly found, as you’d expect, in garages, but there are tons of suitable environments for epoxy coatings for both private and public use. In the home, practical spaces like laundry rooms and basements are common areas where you’ll find floor epoxy. In the business sphere, epoxy garage floor coatings are found in all sorts of retail environments, showrooms, and malls.

Public spaces like schools and hospitals are other popular spots where you’ll find epoxy garage floor coatings. Both such spaces see large amounts of foot traffic with plenty of heavy equipment being shuffled around the building, and epoxy floors have the toughness to handle it all. Here are just a few of the most common environments where you can use an epoxy floor coating.

Garages

A thick layer of epoxy floor coating is sturdy enough to hold your car, and it looks far more attractive in your home than an oil-stained concrete floor. Garage floor epoxy is wildly popular because it’s both functional and aesthetic. Epoxy paint floors are smooth and high-gloss making them far easier to clean than concrete, and you can pick any color under the sun for your garage floor paint to match your car or your interior decor.

With the heavy equipment and machinery found in garages, your boring cement floor will get scratched and chipped quickly. Garage floor epoxy makes it far easier to maintain your garage floor paint and avoid costly, time-consuming repairs.

Basements

Just like your garage, your basement is home to tons of heavy equipment from your washer & dryer to your furnace and water heater. With all of the water running through some of these machines, you don’t want to install carpet or wood floors down there, but cement flooring and stone foundations are ugly and don’t lend themselves to a properly finished basement.

Garage floor epoxy in the basement is the perfect water-safe choice, and the attractive high-gloss finish of epoxy paint gives you plenty of options to decorate your finished basement. Get an epoxy floor for your basement for a functional and stylish finish you’ll be able to enjoy for decades.

Restrooms

Skip the ugly linoleum and the expensive, fragile tile in your bathrooms. An epoxy floor has a smooth, high-gloss finish that gives your bathroom the perfect shine to go with the mirrors and metals that make bathroom decor so appealing. Epoxy coating is tough and waterproof making it a great choice for large bathrooms and shower spaces in gyms, spas, or even your master bathroom at home.

Cleaning your epoxy coating is a breeze, and in a space like your bathroom, you want to spend as little time cleaning up messes as possible. Never scrub grout again with an ultra-tough 100%-solids epoxy floor coating in one solid piece for your bathroom.

Storefronts

Public storefront locations like retail shops are prime spots for garage floor epoxy. With hundreds or thousands of customers walking through your store every day, cleaning and maintaining carpets is an impractical and unmanageable mess. Garage floor epoxy isn’t just for the garage– it’s an attractive choice for all sorts of indoor high-traffic areas.

Your store will pop with a glossy, shiny garage floor paint job mixed to your color preferences and poured to the style you prefer. 100%-solids epoxy is easy to clean and lasts for years to keep your maintenance costs down while you do business.

Commercial Offices

Shared office spaces in cities both big and small see thousands of visitors throughout the week, and keeping the common spaces in these buildings clean and tidy is no walk in the park. Epoxy top coat is the de facto choice in shared office buildings around the world because it’s highly durable and easy to maintain despite the heavy demands placed on it all day every day.

Keep your commercial properties looking crisper and cleaner with an epoxy floor top coat. You can get high-performance epoxy paint at great prices from Scorpion Coating to make sure your tenants and their clients have modern, clean offices they’ll rent from you for years to come.

Industrial Shops

Your factory floor is a busy place with dozens of workers bustling about and expensive heavy machinery humming all night long. At the end of the shift, cleanup can be as easy or as hard as you make it on your staff. Choose to make your shop a breeze to clean with an epoxy floor coating system. 1-part epoxy and 2-part epoxy floor products both make a great coat for your shop’s floor so your cleanup and maintenance can be easier than it’s ever been before.

With a smooth and tough epoxy floor, you’re less exposed to injury hazards associated with poor working conditions. A dingy floor is a trip or a slip just waiting to happen– make sure your shop floor is safe with a floor made from water-based epoxies available in the color of your choice.

Gymnasiums

Few public places are loaded with heavy-duty equipment like the gym. Practically everything in your gym is heavy enough to bust right through normal concrete garage floors, and gyms are sweaty, messy places that need routine cleaning to stay sanitary.

Commercial epoxies are a great choice for the surface of your gym floor. You can get 1-part or 2-part epoxy products in multiple color options, and an application of some epoxy top coat to your flooring gives them a smooth, ultra-hard finish you can count on.

Pools

            

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Anywhere there’s water, there’s got to be flooring and drainage to support it. Otherwise, you’re in for a water damage disaster. Epoxy flooring products are the best choice for your pool area– they’re waterproof, they’re nice and smooth, and the paints are available in a range of color o

ptions to suit any style.

Keep your pool cleaner with a 100%-solids epoxy application to the surface of your pool deck. You’ll have a far easier time with maintenance and you won’t have to worry about seepage causing expensive damage.

Pros & Cons of Epoxy Floor Coating

The application of a coat of epoxy is fantastic for a wide range of flooring needs. As we’ve covered, epoxy products are highly durable, waterproof, and they have a glossy, attractive finish. They also last for decades with proper care ensuring you won’t have to re-apply your coat or get new flooring for many years to come.

On the other hand, epoxy flooring has a more industrial sort of look to it, and it’s not the best choice for residential decor. With the exception of your bathroom, you won’t want to use epoxy floor coating in most areas of your personal home.

Owning an Epoxy Floor

One of the biggest benefits of owning an epoxy floor is that it’s easy to take care of. They’re smooth and easy to clean, and they’re highly resistant to damage, so you don’t have to worry about scratches and scuff marks in most cases. Still, as with most floors, you want to avoid sliding furniture across your epoxy surface, and you want to keep the floors clean as much as possible to avoid dirt and residue buildups over time.

Cleaning

You can clean your epoxy floors using traditional home floor cleaning products with a mop and bucket. Since cured epoxies are inert, you don’t have to worry about a chemical reaction with the cleaning products you select. If it’s a floor cleaner, it’s safe to use on your epoxy paints.

Repairs

For the rare chips, cracks, or gaps in epoxy flooring, you can simply use some compound to fill in the opening and paint over to repair the damage. Depending on your 1-part, 2-part, or water-based epoxy, you may or may not be able to simply fill in the existing spot with a patch of new epoxy. You can consult the manufacturer of your epoxy product to determine if the filling will set properly with your existing floor.

Scorpion Coating Epoxy Flooring Supplies

Scorpion Coatings now proudly supplies PowerCOAT epoxy and decorative flooring supplies. PowerCOAT is among the toughest epoxy floor paint products are the market today offering extraordinary durability at a price you can afford. Get in touch today to find PowerCOAT in stores near you and to learn more about how Scorpion Coatings can protect the floors in your home, office, or any public space.