Difference between Epoxy Floor Coatings and Epoxy Paint

Are you one of the many who confuse epoxy floor coatings and epoxy paint? They both refer to the same epoxy product. Epoxy coatings and epoxy paints are often confused terms but nevertheless they are actually two different products. You are not alone though because many industry experts also often interchangeably use these terms.

To make sure you are getting what you are paying for in the first place, you need to know the difference between epoxy coatings and epoxy paint.

Epoxy Paint

A latex acrylic product
Contains a small percentage of epoxy making it more durable than the regular acrylic paint.
Applied as a single coat.
Requires drying time.
Concrete surface does not need to be prepared prior to application.
Applied on the floor just as you would apply paint on ceilings and walls.
No concrete surface preparation needed.
A quick fix which will not last long as the concrete surface will start to get exposed after a few months.

Epoxy Floor Coatings

Consist of a resin and a hardener mixed together to create a chemical reaction producing a thin plastic-like material that when applied adheres with the concrete surface.
Requires curing time.
Resistant to chemical spills, stains and abrasion.
Proper preparation of the concrete surface is needed (grinding or shot blasting to get rid of contaminants).
Applied in layers.
A permanent flooring system which has a long life-span.

We only install 100% solid epoxy floor coatings without any solvents. This ensures you are getting only the toughest and most durable epoxy floor coatings. Our epoxy floor coatings range from about .2 mils to 250 mils or ¼ inch and in certain instances even thicker.

How to Decide on the Thickness of Epoxy Floor Coatings

There are a few things to consider when deciding on the thickness of epoxy floor coatings.

Condition of the concrete surface. Old concrete surfaces will require thicker epoxy coatings on the other hand, new concrete surfaces will need thinner epoxy coatings.
Chemical exposure of the area. Factories, manufacturing and industrial facilities will require thick epoxy floor coatings because of the chemicals they use to make their products.
Expected traffic. High traffic areas will also need a thick epoxy coating. Commercial garages, factories, and manufacturing plants will require thick epoxy coatings while a hallway or residential garage with light foot and equipment traffic will require thinner epoxy coatings.

These factors will help you determine the thickness of your epoxy floor coatings. We take these factors seriously to allow us to provide you with a tough, durable and long lasting epoxy coating.

Epoxy Floor Coating Preparation

A properly prepared concrete surface is important in order to have a successful installation of your epoxy floor coatings. An extremely clean concrete surface will ensure that the epoxy coating will adhere well to the concrete surface.

Our installers make sure your concrete surface is properly prepared prior to epoxy coating installation:

Repairs and patches all major chips and cracks on the concrete surface.
Removes all grease, oil and existing sealants.
Removes all dust, dirt, debris from the concrete surface.
Grinds the concrete surface to make sure it is smooth and level.
A properly prepared concrete surface will make sure you get a beautiful, durable and tough epoxy floor coating that will last for many years.

Epoxy Floor Coatings Installation

We also makes sure epoxy floor coatings are installed based on manufacturer’s recommendation and under suitable temperature. The concrete surface must have a 55F minimum temperature and air temperature must be between 60F and 90F. with these temperatures the epoxy floor coating will definitely cure well.

Whether it is for residential, commercial or industrial applications, Our epoxy floor coatings are sure to provide beautiful, durable, high-performing and low maintenance floors you desire.

Our Epoxy floor coatings cost may be higher than other flooring systems but the benefits these flooring system provides far outweighs the cost.

We install epoxy floor coatings for Residential, commercial spaces such as restaurants, hotels, retail stores, supermarkets, malls as well as office buildings. We also install epoxy floor coatings for industrial spaces such as factories and manufacturing plants. Schools and healthcare institutions also benefit from our epoxy floor coatings.

We work with the top manufacturers to bring you the best epoxy floor coatings. We have flake, quartz, metallic and many more coating options. Call us now for a FREE quote!

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