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Epoxy Flooring FAQ’s

Epoxy Flooring FAQ’s2019-06-22T00:17:53-07:00

FAQ’S

Curious about how epoxy flooring will look in your basement or garage? Want a durable flooring solution for your business? Want to update the look of aging concrete? We are always just a call away to answer any questions you have. Here are some frequently asked questions about our concrete services.

How long can a professional epoxy flooring system really last?

The longevity of epoxy flooring depends on three important factors: the quality of the epoxy product, how well the concrete is prepared before installation, and the setting. Professionally installed epoxy floor coatings in Indianapolis can last 20-25 years in a residential or low-demand setting, including a garage, with a new topcoat applied occasionally. In a commercial or industrial setting, epoxy flooring can last anywhere from 8 to 15 years without delaminating, staining, or breaking down.

Are epoxy floors suitable for commercial settings?

Epoxy flooring was designed for all types of commercial applications with unique commercial epoxy flooring formulations to fit the needs of your facility. Commercial epoxy is one of the most durable, long-lasting, and cost-effective commercial flooring systems with a low lifecycle cost. It can also be installed with minimal downtime at your facility. Professional epoxy can withstand even extreme conditions and the wear and tear of a commercial property such as:

  • Forklifts
  • Heavy machinery
  • Chemical spills
  • Moisture
  • Frequent foot and vehicle traffic
  • Cart wheels

We offer a range of commercial epoxy formulations including epoxy quartz, epoxy mortar, and static dissipative epoxy to meet your facility’s unique needs.

Are epoxy coatings appropriate for residential settings?

Absolutely! While designed for commercial and industrial applications, epoxy floor coatings are growing in popularity for residential use, especially due to a growing number of decorative options. Epoxy flooring is a practical and low-cost solution for a garage, basement, or even main-floor living areas. With its reflective surface, epoxy coatings make a dark basement or garage seem larger with better visibility. The nonporous and seamless surface stops water from seeping up from a concrete slab in a moisture-prone basement. It’s durable enough to withstand all types of hazards, including pet accidents, dragged furniture, dropped objects, and gas and oil spills. With a huge range of decorative options, it’s even beautiful enough for living areas.

Where can you install epoxy flooring?

One of the benefits of professional epoxy concrete coatings? Versatility. This nonporous, robust floor system can be installed in almost any residential or industrial setting and withstand even harsh environments. The properties of epoxy flooring in Indianapolis make it well-suited for:

  • Wet rooms like public restrooms, shower floors, and locker rooms
  • Breweries and distilleries
  • Medical facilities such as nursing homes, hospitals, physician offices, and veterinarian practices
  • Auto body shops
  • Commercial kitchens, restaurants, and food processing plants
  • Factories and warehouses
  • Residential garages and basements

Why should I consider garage floor epoxy?

An epoxy garage floor coating in Indianapolis is a great investment in your home that can even boost your home’s value. Garage epoxy is also practical because it stops concrete dusting and delivers a bright, nonporous, and low-care floor that can last decades. Our garage epoxy coatings resist all types of damage, including hot tire pick up, gas and oil spills, road salt, impact, moisture, and abrasion. You can choose from many design options to transform your garage into a clean, attractive space to work on your car and hobbies or just store your belongings.

How long does it take to install a garage epoxy floor?

As a general rule, our epoxy flooring contractors only need one to two days to install garage floor epoxy. This includes preparing the concrete with repairs and diamond grinding and the actual epoxy installation. Once the epoxy floor is installed, you will need to give it time to cure before walking or driving on the surface. We recommend waiting 1 to 2 days before allowing light foot traffic and 5 days to cure before driving on your new garage floor epoxy.

What are the main types of epoxy flooring?

Epoxy flooring comes in a variety of formulations designed for different applications. The following are some of the primary types of epoxy floor coatings installed in Indianapolis:

  • 100% solids epoxy. This is an extremely robust type of epoxy flooring suitable for residential and commercial settings. 100% solids epoxy can withstand heavy-duty abuse for up to 20 years and cure into a solid, seamless surface up to 2 mm thick.
  • Water-based epoxy. While suitable for some settings, water-based epoxy is usually used as a sealer because it spreads thinly and is mostly absorbed by the concrete surface.
  • Epoxy mortar flooring. This type of epoxy coating includes ground quartz and it’s suitable for even heavy-duty industrial settings with excellent resistance to chemicals and impact.
  • Quartz epoxy. This epoxy formulation includes colored quartz granules to create a decorative surface that’s very resilient.
  • Anti-static epoxy. This formulation has a conductive compound to hold static electricity. It’s used in battery rooms and areas with flammable materials and sensitive electronics.
  • Epoxy flake flooring. This formulation includes colored epoxy flakes that add a subtle design and skid-resistant texture to the floor system.
  • Metallic epoxy. Metallic epoxy floor systems incorporate metallic pigments that are agitated to create a 3D and pearlescent effect.

Is an epoxy concrete floor slippery?

While an epoxy floor coating looks very slippery thanks to its seamless, high-gloss surface, it has similar skid-resistance as a basketball court when clean and dry. We can add skid-resistant additives to your epoxy flooring for even greater slip resistance and safety in areas prone to moisture.

Why type of maintenance does epoxy flooring require?

Epoxy flooring requires minimal maintenance to keep it looking and performing its best. The floor should be swept regularly to remove grit that can become embedded in the floor over time. As needed, mop the surface with a cleaning product that is not acidic as this can degloss the surface. Avoid soap-based cleaners because they can leave a slippery soap buildup on the surface. CLR or TSP can be used to treat any stains or rust spots on the epoxy. Protect the floor from damage by using plywood to cushion heavy loads and welding mats if necessary.