benefits of epoxy
Posted 02/01/2020 in Why Use Epoxy

The Fantastic Benefits Of Epoxy


The Fantastic Benefits Of Epoxy

Seamless

One major benefit to using epoxy is that it creates a seamless finish. A seamless finish is both beautiful and functional.

Why Use Seamless Epoxy Flooring

Seamless epoxy flooring has a ton of benefits. There is no grout to clean, carpet to maintain, or wood floors to upkeep when you use epoxy for your flooring needs. Epoxy is hard, resilient, can handle spills without absorbing them, and lasts a long time with little maintenance. You can create epoxy floors that are utilitarian in nature or that are artistic masterpieces. 

Non- Porous

Epoxy is stain-proof. No matter what you spill on it, it will not soak it in, since it’s a non-porous surface. It cures with no pores in it, and therefore spills have nowhere to go. This makes it super easy to clean, and also ensures your floor looks great for a very long time.

Shock Resistant

Epoxy is very sturdy, which is why so many industrial settings use it. It can handle having large machines, such as forklifts or tractors, and still look nice for many, many years to come. A lot of industrial warehouses and other businesses use epoxy flooring for this reason.

Durability

Epoxy is highly durable. When you use epoxy on concrete, you create a surface that will last a lifetime. Epoxy flooring can handle having oil spilled on it, high traffic, and even vehicles driving over it.

Environmental

“Green” epoxy is environmentally friendly. It is long lasting and requires little maintenance. It benefits from being cleaned with environmentally friendly products such as Simple Green. There are even epoxies available that are glycerin-based, decreasing their environmental impact.

Quick Turnaround

Epoxy flooring can be used quickly after installation. Depending on the application, it can handle foot traffic in as little as twelve hours, and light use after 24 hours. This means your space can be back up and running quickly.

Hygienic

Epoxy flooring is very hygienic. Since it does not absorb liquids and other items, anything that has unwanted germs can be easily cleaned up without leaving a trace. This is a huge benefit for a kitchen or a business that processes items that carry E. coli or other bacteria.

Cost Effective

Epoxy is very reasonably priced. Of course, price does vary based upon the type of epoxy used and whether it will include any special design elements. For instance, a simple epoxy coating on a garage floor is going to be less expensive than a floor with specialized designs such as embeds, inlays, or custom colors.

Protective

Epoxy offers the huge benefit of being protective. If you have a surface that you want to look good for the long term, epoxy offers protection that will make that happen. Its hard finish and non-porous surface come together for a perfect protective coating.

Why Use Protective Epoxy Coating

Epoxy has several properties that are ideal for protective surfaces. First, epoxy bonds to whatever it is put on. This makes it very long lasting. Second, it dries very hard. This makes it hard to dent, crack, or otherwise damage. Finally, the surface is non-porous. This means that unlike wood or concrete, spills do not absorb into epoxy. All of these properties come together for excellent epoxy coating.

Non-Slip

If you are considering using epoxy on your floor, you may be concerned about what will happen if the floor is wet. No one wants an unsafe floor that is slippery when it is wet. If you are using epoxy, especially if you are using it on flooring, you will want it to be sure that it is non-slip.

How Non-Slip Epoxy Coating Works

Since epoxy is non-porous, it cures as a completely smooth surface similar to a sheet of ice if it gets wet. If you create a floor that has paint chips or quartz in it, the surface of the flooring will be slightly uneven, creating a non-slip surface. If you are not using either of these, polymer grit such as Shark Grit can be added to the epoxy to create a non-slip surface.

Another consideration is how thick your coat of epoxy is. If it is a thicker coat, it will require a larger grit to make it non-slip. For instance, a grit between 30 and 60 may be required if using 100% solids epoxy. A final option is to use aluminum oxide.

Where to Use Non-Slip Epoxy Coating

If you are using it in your home’s bathroom floors, non-slip is essential for safety. Kitchen floors are also important to safeguard, since they are prone to spills. Of course, your garage floor is also an area you want to make non-slip considering that it may experience car fluids at some point in time.

Outside of your home or business, you will want to ensure that your patio is safe to have people walk on when wet. You will also want to be sure that your sidewalk and driveway is non-slip when you coat it with epoxy. Pool decks are another area that must be protected and kept non-slip, given that it will be wet from people getting in and out of the pool.

Find a Contractor Near You