When you walk into a home and see floors with a smooth, shiny coating, you could be looking at a surface that was treated with an epoxy finish. Epoxy coated floors look fantastic are very durable.
Epoxy comes in three different types: water-based, solvent-based, and solid epoxy. Solvent-based has been around for the longest, and it is made with a higher level of hardener. A respirator must be used when applying solvent-based epoxy due to the harmful fumes generated. Because of this water-based and solid epoxy are more popular choices with solid being more suitable for surfaces that need to be really tough such as garage floors and very high traffic areas.
- Epoxy flooring is quite cost effective compared to other flooring choices.
- When applied correctly, epoxy coated floors are very tough and last for many years.
- Solid epoxies stand up better to abrasion and chemicals, but you have to apply them quickly.
“Epoxy coating can be roughly divided into three types: solvent-based, water-based and 100% solid epoxy. More recently, you can find pre-tinted or metallic coatings, as well.”