Answering Some Common Questions About Epoxy Flooring for Your Home
Epoxy flooring is often used in warehouses and supermarkets, but it can also be used at home, as a coating for the garage or basement floor, or with concrete flooring you might have poured inside the home. You may not have thought about using epoxy flooring at home, but there are some advantages to this material that can make it a good choice for residential applications. Note a few of those advantages here, along with some questions you might have about epoxy flooring for your home.
Is it a DIY installation?
You can buy some epoxy flooring kits and add this material to your home's garage or basement floor yourself, but it's usually recommended that you leave this work to a professional, to ensure you create an even layer of the material as you apply it. This is especially true if you want to add an aggregate for traction or style; spreading the aggregate unevenly can mean an inconsistent pattern, and can even result in small hills and valleys in the floor's surface.
Is epoxy slippery?
Epoxy usually has a very shiny finish, which might make it look slippery; however, the material's surface is not slick, which is one reason it's often used in stores and warehouses, to reduce the risk of slip-and-fall accidents. As said, you can also add aggregates to give epoxy even more traction, which can be helpful in the garage or basement, where humidity may tend to collect on the flooring and cause a slipping hazard.
How long do epoxy floors last?
The lifespan of your epoxy flooring will depend on the type of epoxy you choose, and how well you maintain and protect it. The surface of epoxy is usually very resistant to grease, oil, and other such materials that are commonly found in a garage, but the material may get damaged under the heat of a welder, and may get torn up if you drag shovels, rakes, and other such sharp tools over it. Your installer can tell you how long your epoxy floor should last, and how to maintain it properly for the longest lifespan possible.
What are the advantages of epoxy flooring?
Other than its durability against common household materials, as said, epoxy flooring is also a naturally reflective surface, and this added brightness can mean more safety in a dark garage or basement. The material also repels water, reducing potential cracking and spalling of concrete floors. Epoxy is also very easy to clean, so you can quickly remove scuff marks and scrapes from the flooring surface.