FAQs: Epoxy and Resinous Flooring

Why Epoxy Flooring?

Epoxy is a truly versatile material. It is used in virtually every industry. Besides flooring it is used in the manufacturing of automobiles, rockets and home construction. Two of its major benefits are its strength and durability. Epoxy Flooring is 4.7 times stronger and more durable than concrete- increasing the floors lifespan and reducing costly repairs.

What is Epoxy?

Epoxy is a compound that is produced when specific chemical hardeners and resins are combined. The ways in which they are combined lead to a myriad of different applications. These combinations allow for many unique benefits to our customers:

  1. Has incredibly high bond strength
  2. Is both moisture and stain resistant
  3. Is chemical resistant- chemical and acids will not damage, discolor or stain
  4. Will not expand and contract with changes in temperature
  5. Is non-flammable
  6. Is low maintenance – reduces maintenance by up to 85 percent
  7. Requires no harsh cleaners or waxing- ever.
  8. Is UV resistant for color stability.

Why Epoxy can be the perfect choice for every floor

  • Durable – if durability is a key concern- then solid flooring should be your go to option for high traffic areas.

  • Waterproof – epoxy is nonporous. It is impervious to water and other liquids and thus resistant to mold, mildew or fungus.
  • Various Textures – vary smooth or heavily textured depending on what the needs are of each facility; texture determines slip resistance.
  • Decorative – thousands of color combinations, patterns and styles are possible.
  • Repairable – if repairs are necessary due to breakage, repairs are easily achieved without a complete renovation.
  • Customizable – Everything from color, texture, strength, chemical resistance and depth can be specified to the need of your facility.

What is the cost of Epoxy flooring applications?

There is no simple answer to this question. There are many variables to consider: traffic patterns, use of the space, goals for the physical appearance of the final flooring, potential chemical/biological exposure and other considerations dependent on the needs of the client.

There are several types of epoxy applications:

  • Epoxy coatings – often used in instances where foot traffic is light or light duty services is the primary purpose of use – examples are corridors, ware housing and storage facilities. Epoxy coatings are ideal in these circumstances since they allow for easy maintenance. These epoxy coatings represent the lowest epoxy floor cost. While lower in cost, frequently they meet or exceed the client’s needs.

  • Epoxy Slurries – Typically 1/8 inch thick. Epoxy slurry systems are resin rich and are ideal for light to medium duty areas. Examples are pharmaceutical, manufacturing and warehouse floorings. These systems are ideal for creating non slip textures. A silica or quartz aggregate is often used to bulk up thickness to minimize the cost associated with polymer resins.
  • Epoxy Mortars – are the most costly of all epoxy flooring systems. They require the most resin and labor to install. Typically are 1/4 inch thick. Examples are loading docks or where significant substrate erosion is expected.

Additional Factors to be considered for cost

Are the main goals to achieve functionality or to create an esthetically pleasing presentation along with functionality? For example, a decorative appearance to dress up a lobby. For decorative presentations there are limitless choices: from vinyl chips, colored quartz, metallic finishes to name a few.

How important is the right installer?

With epoxy and resinous flooring knowledge of preparation of the surface and the right equipment is critical. Choosing the contractor with the experience, knowledge and right equipment makes all the difference for the end product.

We believe that Celtic Flooring is that contractor. We invite you to call on us for all your design and cost estimate needs.

For more information call 703.912.7711 or email us.