An epoxy floor can last a lifetime.  Many commercial establishments have seen epoxy floors wear well after years of exposure to grease, salt, sugar, oil and acid, and in hospitals, corrosive body fluids.  Paint and sealers are not as effective as epoxy in durability and strength.  Epoxy flooring maintains a good appearance much longer, too, because it is nearly impenetrable.

The best epoxy flooring is one hundred percent solids and is used in commercial settings.  Materials may include marble chips, quartz and recycled glass.  Epoxy resin is recommended over acrylics.  Organic resins and natural stone are the best choices for toughness.  The thickness of the layer may range from a quarter inch to one inch.  The mix is waterproof because it adheres to whatever surface it is poured onto.  This material bonds with drains, gas lines, plumbing lines and conduits because moisture cannot seep through the finish layer.  There are no cracks in the floor by the connecting wall because it is sealed when it dries.

The bulk of the floor can be poured in the morning and the finish coat can be added in the afternoon.  There are no solvents or harmful fumes and almost no smell during installation, so no one has to leave the area.  The glossy finish looks good and protects the floor with nearly zero VOC’s (volatile organic compounds) that are well within federal guidelines.  The temperatures needed for installation range from fifty to ninety-five degrees Fahrenheit.  Epoxy floors are installed in children’s rooms and bathrooms as well, and the safety level has been adjusted to EPA standards.

Epoxy flooring is antimicrobial so it will not transmit germs when properly cleaned.  It is easily cleaned by mopping because dirt does not get stuck in cracks, since there are no cracks.  Mild cleaning solutions are recommended without powerful acids or alkalis.  If it is dangerous for the floor to be too smooth or glossy, grit can be added to the original mix to reduce slipping.  Varying amounts of grit are possible, depending on how essential it is to have a nonskid floor.  Restaurant floors can be very slick, with grease everywhere, so a grit additive would be necessary.

Another point in favor of the strength of these floors is the wide range of temperatures they can withstand.  High heat in restaurant kitchens and freezing temperatures are not enough to destroy them.  Heavy stoves, ovens and freezers can be placed on these floors without danger of cracking.

There are many solid colours and flecked surfaces to choose from, according to taste.  Some installers will mix colours and/or flecks to suit the client if the regular choices are not satisfactory.  Many different types of homes and businesses use epoxy flooring because it is so versatile in so many ways.  There are home epoxy kits, but to insure a guaranteed, desirable outcome, consult the professionals.  The actual labour time is about three hours, so it won’t use up anyone’s life savings.  Epoxy floors look good and wear well.