Epoxy Coatings: The Perfect Solution for Your Concrete Floor Makeover. Are you tired of looking at your dull, stained concrete floor? Concrete floors have long been popular in commercial and industrial settings due to their affordability, durability, and low maintenance requirements. However, despite their advantages, concrete floors are not immune to the effects of time and heavy foot traffic, leading to cracks, stains, and other signs of wear and tear. Fortunately, resinous epoxy floor coatings solve these problems and more. With its versatility and durability, epoxy has been a trusted concrete floor coating for decades and can transform your floor’s appearance and longevity.

Understanding Epoxy Floor Coatings

Epoxy is a thermosetting polymer combining resin and hardeners. When these two components are mixed, they undergo a chemical reaction that causes the epoxy to cure, forming a strong, durable, chemically-resistant surface. Epoxy floor coatings are applied as a liquid, which makes them an ideal choice for covering irregularities and imperfections in concrete floors.


Epoxy floor coatings offer many benefits, such as

  • Durability: Epoxy floor coatings are known for their superior durability. They create a hard-wearing, seamless surface that can withstand heavy loads and high traffic. This makes them ideal for both industrial and commercial environments.
  • Resistance: They resist various substances, including chemicals, oil, grease, and water. This makes cleaning and maintenance easier and helps to prevent damage or staining of the underlying concrete.
  • Safety: Many epoxy coatings contain anti-slip additives to increase the safety of the floor. They also are resistant to heat and fire, providing another safety benefit.
  • Visual Appeal: Epoxy coatings can significantly enhance the look of concrete floors. They are available in various colors and finishes, and you can add decorative chips or create patterns to make the floor more attractive.
  • Brightness: The high gloss option for epoxy coatings can improve lighting in your facility to a significant degree due to reflection.
  • Cost-Effective: Epoxy floor coatings are cost-effective over the long term. They are durable and require little maintenance, meaning you’ll save on both repair and cleaning costs.
  • Environmentally Friendly: Epoxy coatings are a green option for your business because of their low VOC content and the reduced amount of material needed compared to other types of flooring.
  • Longevity: Epoxy floor coatings have a longer lifespan than most other floor types. With proper installation and maintenance, epoxy-coated floors can last several decades without peeling or cracking.
  • Quick Installation: Epoxy coatings can be installed relatively quickly and easily, minimizing downtime in a commercial or industrial setting.
  • Health and Hygiene: Epoxy floor coatings create a seamless and smooth surface leaving no place for dust and bacteria to hide. Epoxy floor coatings are an excellent option for environments that must be kept clean, such as hospitals or food processing plants.

Proper Epoxy Floor Installation is Essential

While epoxy floor coatings offer numerous benefits, proper installation is essential to reap these benefits. An improperly installed epoxy floor coating can lead to peeling, bubbling, and premature wear. Critical factors in the epoxy floor installation process include  

Surface Preparation: The concrete surface requires careful preparation before applying the epoxy coating. This includes repairing any existing cracks or damage and thoroughly cleaning the surface to remove any dirt, dust, or other contaminants. Preparation may also involve grinding, shot blasting, or acid etching the concrete surface to ensure optimal adhesion.

Moisture Testing: Before applying epoxy, it is essential to test the moisture levels of the concrete floor. High moisture levels can lead to various issues, including poor adhesion, bubbling, and eventual delamination of the epoxy coating. A professional flooring contractor should be able to conduct a moisture test to determine if the concrete is suitable for epoxy installation.

Temperature and Humidity: The ambient temperature and humidity levels during epoxy installation can significantly impact the curing process and overall success of the floor coating. Following the manufacturer’s recommendations for specific epoxy products is crucial, as requirements may vary slightly between different formulations. Ideally, epoxy should be installed in temperatures between 60-85°F (15-30°C) and at a relative humidity of no more than 70%.

Mixing and Application: Properly mixing the epoxy resin and hardener is essential for achieving the desired results. The components must be measured and mixed according to the manufacturer’s instructions to ensure a correct and consistent curing process. The application method: rolling, spraying, or troweling, is based on the specific epoxy product and desired finish. Following the recommended application rates and techniques is critical to avoid issues like uneven coverage, poor adhesion, or an inconsistent appearance.

Curing Time: After the epoxy coating application, it must cure for the recommended period before exposure to traffic or other stressors. Curing time can vary depending on the epoxy product, temperature, and humidity. Rushing this process can lead to a weakened or improperly bonded floor coating, ultimately impacting its longevity and performance.

Hiring a Professional Contractor 

Hiring a professional flooring contractor is highly recommended, given the complexity and precision required for a successful epoxy floor coating installation. A professional will have the experience, equipment, and knowledge to ensure a properly installed and long-lasting epoxy floor coating. The benefits of hiring a professional concrete flooring contractor include 

  • Expertise: A professional flooring contractor will have experience working with various epoxy products and will be familiar with the unique requirements and challenges associated with each one. They can also recommend the best epoxy product for your needs and environment.
  • Quality Assurance: By hiring a professional contractor, you can have confidence that the installation process will be to the highest standard, including proper surface preparation, moisture testing, and accurate mixing and application of the epoxy coating.
  • Warranty: Many professional flooring contractors offer a warranty on their epoxy floor installations, providing added peace of mind, knowing that if any issues arise due to the installation, the contractor will address and correct them.
  • Time and Cost Savings: Attempting a DIY epoxy floor installation can take time and effort, mainly due to mistakes or the need for a redo. Hiring a professional contractor saves time and money and ensures a successful and long-lasting epoxy floor.

Epoxy floor coating longevity is dependent on proper installation. These coatings enhance your concrete floors’ durability, aesthetics, and functionality. Epoxy floors can last decades, providing a reliable and cost-effective flooring solution. However, the key to achieving these benefits lies in proper installation, which requires careful attention to surface preparation, moisture testing, temperature and humidity levels, and epoxy mixing and application. Enlisting the services of a professional flooring contractor can ensure a successful and long-lasting floor coating that will stand the test of time.

Epoxy Coatings: The Perfect Solution for Your Concrete Floor Makeover

Contact Cleanstart Concrete and Coatings Today! 

Cleanstart Concrete and Coatings can provide a coated concrete foundation that resists fading, stains, chipping, scratches, and dents, no matter how hard you are on your floor. We specialize in professional-grade epoxy, urethane, cementitious coatings, polishing, and surface restoration. Our long-lasting commercial, industrial, and residential floor solutions are durable, easy to clean, look fantastic, and require minimal maintenance. 

Call our friendly and professional team at (253) 921-2593 to learn more about our concrete polishing and epoxy floor coating services, or fill out our online contact form for a prompt response. We look forward to bringing the luster back to your concrete floor!

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