Pros and cons to epoxy flooring

If you are looking for an affordable, durable and long-lasting floor for your industrial building or factory, then epoxy flooring is an excellent choice. It is made up of resins and hardener to create a solid, durable floor. It has many advantages and few disadvantages making it a popular choice for warehouses, chemical processing plants, pharmaceutical production, printing houses, food processing plants, bakeries, dairies, abattoirs and breweries.

Epoxy Floor Coating

Epoxy flooring / epoxy floor coating is an excellent choice because:

It will last
Epoxy flooring is long-lasting and durable. It is five times thicker than normal paint, is waterproof and has excellent abrasion and chemical resistance. This means it can cope with high volumes of footfall and with heavy equipment and products being moved around. Its longevity depends on the type of epoxy flooring used, how many coats are applied and how the floor is used.

Ease of application
Epoxy floor coating is very easy to apply over a correctly prepared floor. It is best applied by a specialist team who are experienced in applying the products and have all of the right equipment.

It has excellent adhesion
Epoxy flooring has excellent adhesion to concrete, wood and other surfaces, creating a hard-wearing finish providing the underlying surface has been prepared correctly. It will also protect it from moisture, stains, grease and cracks.

You won’t slip over
Epoxy flooring is made anti-slip when an aggregate is added making it an excellent choice for areas that can become wet, such as food processing plants, bakeries, dairies, abattoirs and breweries.

It is very hygienic
Epoxy floor coating is very hygienic. Not much sticks to it, and it’s easy to sweep and clean. It is resistant to bacteria and germs which makes it easy to sanitise. It has a low odour and it doesn’t taint, making it the perfect choice for food processing plants or industrial kitchens.

Many colours and finishes
Epoxy flooring has good colour stability and is available in a wide range of standard and bespoke colours and finishes, such as gloss. Most colours can be manufactured in RAL and BS 4800 colours.

But, you also need to consider:

The underlying surface must be prepared correctly
Correct floor preparation of the underlying surface is key to an excellent finish. Specialist equipment such as a diamond-headed vacuum-assisted grinder is essential and is best done by a specialist team. Any cracks need to be filled, and the underlying surface must be clean and free of any grease, oil, solvents or dust before the epoxy flooring is applied. Failure to get the preparation right will reduce the flooring’s effectiveness, adding to the cost and time taken to complete it.

It must be applied correctly
Epoxy flooring must be applied exactly according to the manufacturer’s instructions and preferably by a specialist team. If not done correctly then it may not be as durable and long-lasting as it should be. Each coat must dry completely before the next coat is added. Failure to apply it correctly could lead to a costly replacement.

It must be maintained properly
If the epoxy flooring is not maintained properly then cracks and chipping may occur. Large areas may start peeling off and then the floor will need to be repaired or replaced.

It can be difficult to remove
Once the epoxy flooring has been applied, it can be labour-intensive and costly to change it. So make sure you are happy with the colour and design you have chosen before it has been applied.

3 Feb 2020

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