Epoxy floors have become popular options for residential, commercial, and industrial properties all over the country because they offer many benefits. One of the biggest benefits epoxy floors offer is its resistance to damage, which is a key factor in why it lasts as long as it does. Epoxy floors are smart choices for homes and businesses seeking floors that are durable and long-lasting.
So How Long Do Epoxy Floors Last?
One of the widest spread rumors about epoxy flooring is that they are short term flooring systems that need constant refinishing. This, however, is completely untrue and needs to be exposed for the lie that it really is! Today, we are going to be taking a look at how long epoxy flooring can last when professionally installed and properly maintained.
Routine Maintenance of an Epoxy Floor
One of the biggest factors in how long your epoxy coating is going to last is the current condition of your concrete slab. If your concrete is on the verge of structural damage with heavy cracking, gouges, and peeling surfaces, there is a more than likely chance that your concrete slab will fall long before epoxy flooring. This is why routine maintenance and repairs should be completed on your concrete slab before thinking about using an epoxy floor coating.
What are epoxy floors?
An epoxy flooring system is a mixture of resin and hardeners that chemically react with a porous concrete surface, creating a barrier between the concrete floors and the outside world. bare concrete is strong, but it is not durable because it is very porous and damages easily.
With an epoxy concrete floor, however, the concrete will not and does not absorb liquids or chemicals that could damage the surface. It is because of this chemical reaction creating such a strong protective layer that epoxy concrete should last you over a decade, as long as it is properly maintained and kept up with for over a decade as long as it is properly maintained and kept up with. For highly used floors, epoxy floorings lifespan ranges between 2-5-years.
Epoxy is highly durable
The next coating that we will be talking about is the stamped concrete overlay. Stamped concrete overlays may offer a durable finish, but not nearly as durable as epoxy flooring; as stamped concrete is susceptible to damage and even cracking from heavy foot and vehicle traffic, dropped objects and heavy vibrations. Stamped concrete offers interesting and exotic options for customization, such as using lifelike stamps to create finishes mimicking natural stone, wood, and even cobblestone. Although, it could be said that these types of finishes (finishings?) are dull compared to the finishes of epoxy flooring. Epoxy floors maximize business productivity because they are highly resistant and capable of withstanding harsh environments.
There are, of course, some factors to consider when assessing the expected longevity of your epoxy concrete floor, like:
- Foot traffic. Now, high or low, foot traffic is an important component here. How often your floors are being used, and in what way they are being used, should be considered to ensure that proper maintenance is being done to elongate the lifespan of your epoxy flooring. As I’m sure you know, with more foot traffic comes more chances for scratches, impacts and spills to affect your floors.
- The installers. I would not recommend creating an epoxy flooring system as a DIY project if you’re not a professional. If anything goes wrong, you’ll want someone who knows what they’re doing to fix any issues and mend any problems. Professional epoxy companies often offer warranty and ways of installation that could save you both time and money. It’s important to do your research and read recommendations and reviews before hiring a company, so you know you’re getting the best and most credible service possible.
- Maintenance. Epoxy concrete floors do not need extensive or expensive floor treatments, however nothing lasts without a little help. An epoxy flooring system needs to be properly taken care of, based on how the floor is being used.
- The company you hire and its credibility are the final resolutions to choosing an epoxy floor. Always be sure to check on recommendations and reviews when researching an epoxy flooring company.
There are many factors that go into installing a long-lasting flooring system. Epoxy floors last long, raise property value and are very affordable. With benefits like this, why wouldn’t you want to install an epoxy flooring system?