Epoxy Floor FAQs

Epoxy Floor Frequently Asked Questions

Epoxy floor FAQs from ArmourFlo customers and our answers to help you choose the best epoxy flooring for your home or business.

Why should I install epoxy flooring over other flooring types?

Epoxy flooring in Louisville, Kentucky, and other areas we serve offers several benefits for customers. It is exceptionally durable, seamless, nonporous, and long-lasting, which reduces your long-term floor costs. It stops concrete dusting and is effortless to clean and maintain. There are no special care instructions other than sweeping and mopping. A simple annual polishing makes it look like we just installed it. For garage, commercial or industrial purposes, it provides static dissipation properties, a seamless surface that isolates spills, extra safety with slip-resistance, and the ability to withstand heavy loads and chemicals. ArmourFlo garage epoxy resists road salt, oil, gasoline, hot tire pick up, abrasion, impact, moisture, and more to remain beautiful for a lifetime. It is strong enough to withstand even the most demanding factory and commercial environments. You also have an unlimited selection of colors customized to your specifications.

Will my epoxy floor be slippery?

You can specify epoxy flooring to include skid-resistant additives to the topcoat to make it very safe and slip-resistant, even when wet. For example, a garage floor that experiences water from wet cars and melting snow or hosts auto repair with oils and chemicals should require a non-slip epoxy flooring additive or a texture like flakes. If slip resistance is not a concern for your flooring, the smoother the surface, the easier it will be to clean and have traction, similar to a basketball court.

Why is epoxy ideal for any floor?

We install residential and commercial epoxy floor coatings in Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, and other states that are durable, seamless, nonporous, beautiful, and long-lasting solutions for almost every application. We provide industrial-grade epoxy flooring in garages and basements, commercial kitchens, manufacturing facilities, warehouses, healthcare complexes, etc. It is a unique flooring solution that meets the most challenging demands of any environment. For example, commercial kitchen epoxy in Louisville, Kentucky, offers a seamless, slip-resistant surface that withstands damage from harsh cleaning chemicals, rolling carts, oils, heat, and more. It’s USDA-approved and easy to sanitize without harboring food particles and bacteria. Specialized industrial epoxy flooring adds safety for a factory or warehouse as it withstands acids, severe impact, forklift traffic, and heavy loads. Industrial grade epoxy floor coatings can also go in medical centers, hospitals, operating rooms, and veterinarian offices because it’s seamless, extremely hygienic, and durable. 

Popular uses for industrial-grade epoxy floor coatings include:

-Residential garages, basements, and living spaces
-Medical centers, including operating theaters, exam rooms, lobbies, and hallways
-Auto shops and showrooms
-Hotel lobbies
-Restaurants and kitchens with specialized commercial kitchen flooring epoxy solutions
-Restrooms, weight rooms, and locker rooms
-Schools, universities, and daycares
-Factories, warehouses, breweries, and manufacturing plants
-Retail storefronts, shopping centers, and grocery stores
-Veterinarian offices, dog daycares, and boarding kennels
-Prisons, jails, and public safety buildings

ArmourFlo epoxy flooring is attractive. We customize colors, patterns, effects, and sheen to specifications that can include your business or sports team logo, metallic epoxy flooring, and striping to direct traffic. Epoxy can increase brightness in work areas, project a clean and professional appearance, complement home interiors and business branding efforts, and even contribute to safety with striping and warnings. 

How long can an epoxy flooring system last?

Epoxy flooring longevity depends on epoxy product quality and installation. DIY epoxy floor coatings and installation will last about three years. Professionally installed epoxy floor coatings can last up to 10 years in demanding industrial environments with adequate protective measures and care. Epoxy flooring can last about twenty years with proper maintenance in less harsh commercial settings. Residential garage and basement epoxy can last up to twenty-five years with an updated clear topcoat every seven years to stay looking great. Before holidays and special events, customers often request polishing to make their floor look new. 

Why is epoxy flooring better than traditional concrete flooring?

An epoxy concrete coating has many advantages over untreated or regular concrete flooring. Unlike untreated concrete, epoxy flooring is:

-Nonporous. It won’t absorb moisture and spills that can damage the concrete and leave unsightly stains.
-Slip-resistant and safe
-Resilient. Unprotected concrete is prone to cracks, spalling, and other issues. Epoxy offers a higher compressive and tensile strength than regular concrete, resisting all types of hazards.
-We customize colors, patterns, effects, and sheen to specifications. 

Where can epoxy flooring be used?

Epoxy flooring has many uses in residential, commercial, and industrial settings. Kentucky homeowners frequently use it in the garage and basement, but it can cover concrete floors anywhere on the main living floor. In addition, many Kentucky commercial and industrial settings benefit from an epoxy floor coating. Popular applications for epoxy flooring include:

-Grocery stores and retail
-Food and beverage, including commercial kitchens
-Processing plants, factories, and warehouses
-Medical facilities such as physician offices, veterinarian offices, and hospitals
-Public safety buildings and correctional institutions
-Breweries and distilleries
-Hotel lobbies, bars, and clubs
-Office buildings
-Auto garages and showrooms

Should I have epoxy flooring installed in my basement?

An epoxy concrete coating is a preventative and practical flooring solution for your basement. Unlike carpet, laminate, and hardwood, it does not suffer from mildew, mold, or warping due to moisture problems. Epoxy seals concrete and waterproofs a basement floor to stop moisture from entering. It also provides a way to cost-effectively turn an unfinished basement into a usable living space. A unique benefit of epoxy flooring in Louisville is it dramatically increases floor brightness while stopping concrete dusting. As a result, a basement will appear brighter, more prominent, and cleaner instantly. You can customize the appearance of basement epoxy to get any look you desire. Our catalog provides over 400 color choices. Epoxy basement flooring lasts up to twenty-five years.

What different types of epoxy floors are there?

Epoxy flooring comes in many varieties. Here is a brief summary of the epoxy floor systems used today and related terms.

Self-leveling epoxy. The most common type of epoxy is self-leveling epoxy flooring which is easy to level to create a smooth surface in office buildings, garages, and other settings.
100% solids epoxy. The most durable form of epoxy is 100% solids which can last up to twenty-five years. DIY garage kits, by comparison, may be only 30-40% solids and last up to three years at the most. 100% solid epoxy floor coatings cure into a stable and durable surface with a layer up to 2mm thick.
Water-based epoxy. Water-based epoxy coatings are helpful in some applications but work more as sealers and primers because they spread thinly and do not offer the durability of 100% solids epoxy durability.
Epoxy mortar flooring. The most durable type of available epoxy. It is 100% solid epoxy with ground quartz. Industrial settings that require extreme chemical and impact resistance use mortar epoxy.
Quartz epoxy. This type of epoxy combines epoxy polymer resins and colored quartz for a decorative floor system that’s also sanitary and durable.
Antistatic epoxy. Also known as electrostatic charge (ESD) epoxy, this epoxy holds static electricity that dissipates any discharge. Areas containing flammable materials and sensitive electronics use antistatic epoxy.
Epoxy flake flooring. An epoxy flake concrete coating uses colorful epoxy flakes to add a multi-colored and textured effect to your floor. These flakes offer a skid-resistant surface and come in various colors and textures.
Metallic epoxy flooring. This form of epoxy flooring creates a one-of-a-kind visual effect thanks to metallic pigments in the epoxy that are agitated in various ways before the epoxy cures. The result is a floor with the illusion of depth and movement that may resemble lava, flowing water, lightning, smoke, or marble.

Is epoxy good for garages?

Garage floor epoxy is excellent for supporting heavy loads, maintaining cleanliness, and long-lasting durability. It’s a surprisingly affordable way to stop concrete dusting and give your garage floor an attractive, low-care floor system that can resist stains and damage from gas and oil spills, dropped tools, hot tires, moisture, and other perils. With professionally installed garage epoxy, you can finally use your garage for anything you’re imagining, such as a workshop, a tidy storage area, or even a home gym. In addition, garage floor epoxy provides a return on investment by boosting your home’s value.

How long does it take to install an epoxy flooring system?

The professional installation time of an epoxy floor system depends on the floor size, the current condition of the concrete, space location, and epoxy coating choice. Prepping the concrete typically takes more time than the epoxy installation itself and may include repairing cracks and damage and leveling areas. Once we fix the concrete, we lift gas and oil stains and use diamond grinding to remove surface irregularities and open pores in the concrete. With millions of microscopic openings, the resulting clean surface helps the epoxy resin bond to the concrete. After professional preparation, we install the new commercial epoxy flooring system. 
Professional garage floor epoxy in Louisville usually takes one day for the average two or three-car garage. However, installing an epoxy floor system in a larger space may take several days, or if it involves custom metallic epoxy. Epoxy flooring needs to cure entirely after installation before the floor can be used. Depending on the floor coating choice, a floor will need one to five days before accepting foot and vehicle traffic. Let the epoxy cure for at least 24-48 hours before light foot traffic. Then, wait five days before you drive on the epoxy for it to cure fully. We can use a fast-cure epoxy formulation in commercial and industrial settings to reduce downtime.

Is epoxy flooring affordable?

An epoxy concrete coating in Kentucky and surrounding states is very affordable, especially garage epoxy flooring. Commercial epoxy in extensive facilities can be more affordable than alternative floor systems. In addition to a reasonable upfront cost, epoxy flooring requires no expensive maintenance, and it can last up to 10 years or much longer to deliver a low lifecycle cost.

Does epoxy flooring work well in a commercial setting?

Commercial environments often require flooring to withstand heavy wear and tear, and epoxy floor systems meet the strictest industry standards. Commercial and industrial epoxy floor coatings bind with the concrete substrate and become stronger than concrete. The concrete weight load and flexural strength increase to more than 10,000 psi. As a result, commercial epoxy flooring can withstand heavy loads, forklift traffic, high foot traffic, chemical and acidic spills, and moisture without a deteriorating appearance. Also, we install static dissipative epoxy for areas with sensitive electronics or flammable materials. In addition, we install commercial epoxy floor systems with minimal downtime. Commercial epoxy is a custom and attractive look for areas open to the public yet strong enough for areas that require forklifts and heavy machinery. 

What do I need to do in preparation for your arrival?

To get ready for ArmourFlo epoxy flooring contractors, please have the entire floor cleared of any furniture or clutter. ArmourFlo Specialists can provide this service for an additional cost. Also, please be sure to sweep extra small debris off the floor. 

Are epoxy floors good for residential settings?

Epoxy flooring is a great choice for residential concrete coatings because it is highly decorative, affordable, and long-lasting. Homeowners in Louisville and surrounding cities appreciate epoxy basement flooring because it stops moisture from entering through the concrete and is unaffected by moisture issues. Epoxy is also highly reflective, and it can instantly brighten a garage or basement to make it appear extra spacious and more visible. In addition, custom epoxy flooring can be an attractive choice for main living areas thanks to its unlimited options of decorative solutions and its durable yet seamless surface that’s easy to clean and maintain.

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