While epoxy flooring is most common in industrial settings and garages, some people now put this type of floor in their home as well. Before making any decisions, it’s a good idea to consider the pros and cons of installing an epoxy floor.
This type of flooring has a few features that make it particularly attractive to some people. It is very durable and resistant to impacts, heat up to 200 degrees, water, and many chemicals. It also has a smooth shiny finish that many people find appealing. They’re very easy to clean because not much sticks to them. They can be installed directly over concrete and certain other types of flooring, and they are a relatively inexpensive flooring option. They are even resistant to bacteria and other germs, making it less likely people will get sick. An epoxy floor can last decades without becoming damaged and can come in a wide variety of colors and patterns to truly personalize the floor.
These floors can be slippery if they don’t have a texturized surface to make them more slip-resistant. It’s also necessary to put down a new coat of epoxy every once in a while if wear and tear becomes noticeable. The main drawback, however, is the extensive preparation necessary and the sensitivity of the epoxy during application. It’s easy to mess up and have a floor that doesn’t turn out right. It’s also quite a smelly process, with darker colors tending to smell more strongly than lighter colors. To make it long lasting, it has to be done right, meaning that the total process will take days rather than hours to complete. For this reason, it really does need to be professionally applied. It isn’t a good do-it-yourself project. The other problem is that it is quite difficult and expensive to remove this type of flooring if you should decide to change it for something else.
Using mats by the doors and regularly sweeping and mopping the floor will help keep it looking nice. Don’t use abrasive cleaners, acidic cleaners, or soap-based cleaners.