In some parts of the world, a floor is still just a patch of dirt, sand, or even trampled debris. During the Middle Ages in Europe, peasants sometimes shared their living spaces with animals. A lot of times, household waste was just thrown on the floor and trampled down over time.
In Europe, the first known use for mint was as a room deodorizer. The mint leaves were thrown all over the floor to help mask the smell of all the waste that was integrated into the floor. The more it was stepped on, the more it released that fresh-smelling mint oil.
Epoxy flooring is a little bit different than trampled debris. In fact, it’s one of the most durable and cost-effective types of flooring that is frequently used across the United States today.
Keep reading to learn about the many benefits of epoxy flooring for your business.
What Is Epoxy Flooring?
Before we talk about the many benefits of using an epoxy floor coating, let’s discuss what it is.
Epoxy flooring is used a lot for industrial and commercial flooring. It is typically applied over concrete to provide a smooth and durable surface that can withstand heavy traffic over a long period of time.
An epoxy floor coating is typically made of up resins and hardeners that, together, form a bond to their substrate that is unlike any other. The only difference between an epoxy floor and an epoxy floor coating is the depth of the mixture. If more than 2 mm are applied to a concrete floor, then it’s an epoxy floor.
There are many different varieties for coatings as well. Some are more durable or slip-resistant than others. Some have a more patterned or textured look.
What Are the Many Benefits?
There are many benefits to using epoxy for your commercial floor coating. Let’s go over the main ones that you should know about if you’re considering epoxy.
They Are Strong and Durable
Once it cures properly, epoxy resin has strength and resistance like no other. It repels almost all liquids from water to gasoline to transmission fluid. Epoxy floors can also withstand abrasive chemicals and hard impacts from machinery.
Furthermore, they can withstand extreme hot and cold temperatures. Because of their durability and strength, they last much for years at a time.
They Are Sanitary
Epoxy resin coating is one of the most, if not the most, sanitary flooring options. It does not support microbial growth and is thus resistant to bacteria and germs.
This makes epoxy flooring an excellent choice for medical facilities as well as food and beverage production facilities and retail buildings which are all subject to very strict safety and health standards. It is also extremely easy to clean.
They Are Affordable
Epoxy floors are not overly expensive and are comparable to most flooring options that are on the market. In fact, a lot of the time they are cheaper than alternative options.
Because they are so strong and durable, their overall cost is also lower because they last longer.
They Look Good
They have a smooth and sleek appearance by nature. That being said, there are so many options to choose from in terms of textures, patterns, and colors.
You’ll be able to sway clients and customers to feel like they are in a professional and clean environment when they walk the smooth epoxy floors of your business. You can customize your epoxy mix to look more basic or more elegant.
They Are Safe
Epoxy coatings are often so smooth and sleek that you may feel as though you’re walking on glass. This feature makes it easy to see hazardous spills or clutter on the floor.
The only downside is that, if not done right, an epoxy floor can be slippery when wet. However, you can tailor the epoxy to be more slip-resistant through your choice of contents and textures.
Epoxy coatings are typically non-toxic, so you don’t have to worry about harmful VOCs or other off-gassing that could harm your employees or your clientele after installation.
They are also extremely resistant to extreme temperatures, and even fire, so that you and everyone else are as safe as can be.
The Cleaning Is Low Maintenance
Once an epoxy coating is dry, everything is sealed so there should be no more porous areas. This makes for a much easier cleaning process.
They Save Time and Add Brightness
Epoxy floors are easy to install so you won’t be shut down for a long period of time to install a whole new floor.
Because of their glossy sheen and color options, epoxy floors can not only brighten up your business but encourage reflection from your lighting which will continue to make your building brighter and potentially help you save on energy.
Even the most run-down concrete floor can be transformed into an epoxy floor.
Which Epoxy Flooring Will You Choose for Your Business?
Flooring has been around for thousands of years. We’ve had plenty of time to discover and try out a myriad of flooring options for the many different areas of traffic in our homes and our businesses.
After all that time, it’s safe to say that epoxy flooring is the most durable, strong, and wise choice for your business. Not only is it an affordable option, but it’s an option that promotes safety for you and your employees and requires little maintenance. And, it can be eco-friendly. Check out the eco-friendly painting practices that we promote for every job.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule a consultation, contact Custom Coatings Inc. at 828-929-3810 or send an email to [email protected]. Be one step closer to acquiring the best floors for your commercial space!