Building Materials – 5 Myths About Epoxy Floor Coatings

Building Materials - 5 Myths About Epoxy Floor Coatings

If you have been researching floor coatings as you search for suitable building materials for your home, you will undoubtedly have come across some information relating to epoxy flooring, and if you haven’t, well you have now. Whilst there are plenty of excellent posts and articles about epoxy floor coatings, there is also a fair amount of misinformation.

We are not suggesting that any of it deliberately trying to mislead people, but instead, it comes from misunderstandings, and also from hearing, and then repeating myths about epoxy floors. So, to help those who are looking for facts about epoxy flooring we thought it was only right to call out those myths and explain why they are simply not true.

Myth #1: Epoxy Floors Are Slippery

This is one of the most common myths you will hear about epoxy floors, and it no doubt arises due to the smooth and shiny surface which epoxy floors have. Contrary to the myth, most epoxy floors are slip-resistant, and there are even specific epoxy coatings that have tiny, raised bumps that prevent slipping or skidding for floors in locations where slips and falls are a particular hazard, such as hospitals, and manufacturing units.

Myth #2: Epoxy Floors Coating Have To Be Recoated Regularly

One of the reasons we can dispel this myth is that it is well-known that epoxy floor coatings have a long lifespan, and this is why so many businesses choose it. It is able to stand up to heavy footfall and can also withstand normal wear and tear within buildings such as industrial facilities and factories.

Its durability is further evidenced by the fact that epoxy floor coatings can endure spillages including oil, solvents, and chemicals, which many other floor coatings cannot.

Myth #3: Epoxy Floor Coatings Are Expensive

Whilst we accept they may cost more than cheap linoleum, the question of cost has to be applied over the whole period of the floor’s lifespan. Some alternatives may be cheaper initially but given that they cost more to maintain and repair, plus will need to be replaced sooner and more often, epoxy floors are very cost-effective by comparison.

Even with regards to the initial cost, there is a wide range of different epoxy floor coating options, some of which are very budget-friendly, and allow businesses whose budgets may be limited, to use epoxy coatings for their floors.

Myth #4: Painting A Concrete Floor Is As Good As Using Epoxy Coating

Nothing could be further from the truth in lots of ways. For a start, painting a concrete floor offers it literally zero protection against anything which might fall or spill onto it. Plus, if there is a heavy foot flow over any floor which is painted, you will soon start to see the paint wear and disintegrate.

Many people use paint because they think it is the only option that offers a choice of colours, however, epoxy floor coating now comes in a wide range of colours, designs, and finishes, to allow for a greater aesthetic impact.

Myth #5: Laying Epoxy Floor Coating Is A DIY Project

Without meaning in any way to doubt your DIY skills, laying an epoxy floor coating is in another league from normal DIY projects. There is so much that has to be 100% correct such as the preparation of the concrete floor, the mixing of the two main chemicals which create the coating, and applying the coating so it is even across the floor, it is most certainly a job that has to be done by a professional epoxy floor company.