Disadvantages of Epoxy Flooring Be Careful of What You Wish For

Published: 01st November 2010
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Epoxy flooring and epoxy floor paint is an easy and often affordable way to enhance non-treated concrete in your garage, workshop, shed or commercial setting. However, when choosing to resurface your concrete floor it is important to understand the benefits and disadvantages of your floor coating system. Make sure you are getting the best value for money and are installing a product that is durable, long lasting and meets your expectations.

The disadvantages of epoxy flooring

  • The coveted shine of epoxy flooring only lasts so long. Maintaining a clean and swept floor will help keep it clean but the shine will eventually fade with wear. To keep the shine apply a sealer every 1-2 years, but be aware that it might not always keep well between these coatings.

  • Epoxy flooring begins to deteriorate quickly. Peeling, blemishing sooner than expected. Epoxy floor paint will wear fast, peeling and blemishing and bubbling may occur immediately or soon after application. Save money on hiring professionals, and time spent shopping around for the best epoxy guarantee. Save yourself the hard work and risks of DIY epoxy and consider the clean, versatile Polyurea finish.

  • You need to have all cracks and chips of your floor patches before applying epoxy. Epoxy might appear as the first solution to a dull non-treated garage floor, however dirt will still stand out.

  • Epoxy floorings don't breathe. Moisture can be trapped beneath the surface. Before applying epoxy flooring or epoxy coating have your concrete tested for a moisture vapour emission rate. If it is too high the epoxy coating can delaminate. Make sure your contractor has a moisture tolerant epoxy system or how they will test for it. Water will pool for days even if the floors is graded properly.

  • Consider what the area is used for. Some chemicals and automotive fluids will corrode the epoxy coating on the floor and cause blemishes and bubbles.

  • Be careful when driving or parking on an Epoxy surfaces as the tires may pull up the epoxy flooring. Consider a flooring alternative that will not compromise the durability and functionality of your floor.

A Polyurea Flooring Alternative

  • Gives you the best of durability and function while maintaining a professional and clean aesthetic.

  • Polyurea flooring cures rapidly allowing it to be applied all year round in a range of environments in just one day.

  • Compared to epoxy coatings and urethane coatings, 100% solids polyaspartic polyurea floor coatings are of superior durability and high performance.

  • Versatility of Polyurea coatings allow for ideal use in garage floors, warehouse, retail and commercial areas, airports, cold store facilities, kennels, laboratories, basements, restrooms, hospitals, water-proof decking and patios.

  • Resistant to salt, oil, automotive fluids and other contaminants.

  • Polyurea floor coating is an industrial grade coating has four times the abrasion resistance and durability of epoxy flooring.

  • It has twice the adhesion and is chemically resistant. With a low water vapour transmission rate Polyurea coatings prevent moisture related damage to the floor coating.

  • With 95% more flexibility than epoxy flooring, Polyurea floor coatings allow for natural concrete movement that will not crack or peel.

  • Environmentally friendly, Polyurea coatings are a great alternative for outdoor patios and gardens as well as indoor uses.

  • High UV resistance means Polyurea flooring finishes won't yellow or fade over time like many epoxy and urethane surfaces.

Flexico Perth offer showroom quality Polyurea Floor Coastings with Citadel Floors. If you are in Perth and looking to upgrade your concrete floor, Flexico Flooring has the durable, cost effective flooring solutions for you. With a wide range of colours and surfaces, Flexico Perth Polyurea flooring has a beautiful coating and professional quality surface to suit any interior or exterior area of your home or office. Contact Flexico Perth for more information on Citadel Polyurea Flooring Systems.

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