Common Misconceptions About Epoxy Floorings And The Truth

common misconceptions about epoxy flooring

Epoxy flooring is a form of synthetic resin flooring that is used as a protective and decorative covering on top of concrete surfaces. Many layers of thermosetting resins are coated, poured, and stacked over a concrete substrate to create the systems. After the resin layers have completely cured, the floor system develops a strong and permanent bond, acting as an impenetrable and beautiful barrier to preserve the floor.

The general public has many misconceptions about Epoxy flooring. There have been many myths circulating in the open regarding epoxy flooring. As an Epoxy flooring company, we are going to discuss some common misconceptions about Epoxy floorings and the truth.

 Some of the common misconceptions about epoxy floorings are as follows:

Myth 1: They’re Expensive

One of the very common and widespread misconceptions about epoxy floorings is that they are highly expensive. Don’t let the glossy, classy, and high-quality finish fool you that epoxy is very expensive. The epoxy may seem expensive at first, but keep in mind that epoxy tends to last for over 20 years.

common misconceptions about epoxy flooring

So, if you make the calculations, it is actually a pretty good value for money. Think of it as an investment rather than an expense. Because once you install epoxy, it will last a long duration of time.

Myth 2: Epoxy Can Be DIY

Any home improvement store across America sells a DIY Epoxy kit and they are easily available everywhere. But just buying the kit isn’t going to install the epoxy itself. Installing epoxy is a complex process that is handled by professionals. If installing Epoxy were that easy, there wouldn’t be so many Epoxy Flooring contractors around. People thinking they can easily install epoxy is one of the misconceptions about epoxy flooring.

Also, the DIY kit isn’t the same as professional-grade coating materials. A normal person doesn’t have the tools and machinery required for proper floor prep. Even if the person manages to somehow install epoxy flooring, it will be very poor and will probably peel off in a very short period of time. So, it’s better to contact a professional Epoxy Flooring company to do the job and you can sit back and relax.

Myth 3: Re-coating is Needed Every Few Years

We have talked about how Epoxy is famous for its glossy finish and durability. No, Epoxy does not need to be re-coated every few years. Epoxy has a very high tolerance level for heavy foot traffic and it is resistant to chemicals, stains, and heat. So if you can manage to clean it every few days with a simple broom and mop, it will last you for years. So, do not worry about having to re-coat epoxy every couple of years.

Myth 4: Paint And Epoxy Coating Are The Same Things

Many store owners nowadays are selling “Epoxy paint” and claiming it to be the same thing as Epoxy coating. Let me tell you, they are so not the same thing. Epoxy coating and Paint have major differences. Epoxy Paint is just paint whereas Epoxy coating is the mixture of Epoxy resin and hardener. Since the epoxy coating is very trustable and popular, many store owners trick and sell paint to the customers. Paint is not a good flooring option as it cannot withstand any foot traffic and will definitely peel off in days. So be careful while buying epoxy coating and do not settle for anything else than Epoxy coating.

garage floor paint vs epoxy coating

Myth 5: Cleaning the Surface is Enough for Floor Prep

People often think that just cleaning the surface is enough for floor prep but they cannot be more wrong about it. Concrete Floor prep is so much more than just cleaning the floor. The cleaning itself consists of multiple steps. To ensure the floor is totally clean, we must make sure that the surface is dust-free, dirt-free, and oil free. Then we must also examine for any cracks or holes in the floor surface. The cracks and holes have to be filled and leveled. We use Acid etching, Diamond grinding, and Shot blasting techniques for floor prep for epoxy installation

floor prepping

Myth 6: Difficulty in Maintenance

There are myths spreading around that epoxy floors are very high maintenance and difficult to maintain. But it is exactly the opposite. Epoxy floors do not need high maintenance and are pretty easy to maintain. It can be kept in tip-top condition with simple cleaning and mopping every once in a while. There are certain tips and tricks to keep your epoxy floor well maintained.

cleaning epoxy floors

Myth 7: Epoxy Is Highly Slippery

This one myth is true to some extent. Every shiny, glossy, and flat surface tends to get slippery when wet. Epoxy isn’t any different either. But epoxy in general is not slippery. They get slippery only when wet. If you can avoid wetting the floor, there is no risk of slippery surfaces. Even if there is a chance of constant exposure to water, we can follow certain tricks to make epoxy floor not slippery

slippery epoxy floors

Myth 8: Doesn’t Offer many variations

This has to be one of the worst misconceptions out there. Epoxy offers tons of choices and variations. There are various types of epoxy flooring available in the market. They can be made into any color of your choice and also has variations such as metallic, quartz, flaked, etc. You can choose from so many options available and choose the color that suits your home/garage. Don’t like plain epoxy? Well, you’re in luck because we also have 3D epoxy flooring available. That’s interesting, right?

I hope the above-mentioned common misconceptions about Epoxy flooring were helpful in learning the truth about epoxy flooring. Please share your thoughts in the comments box below!
Don’t forget to call Best Coast Epoxy Coatings if you need epoxy flooring installation or any other sort of flooring services in San Diego.



Ryan Pepple

My name is Ryan Pepple and I am the founder/president of Best Coast Epoxy Coatings Inc. I do all the residential jobs myself and use a crew to complete commercial jobs. You can call the number mentioned on the site to talk to me.

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