3 Misleading Myths About Epoxy Floor Coatings
When epoxy floor coating entered the industrial painting industry, they revolutionized industrial and commercial flooring as we know it.
Today, epoxy flooring is the crowd-favorite across industries for its slip resistance, easy cleaning, minimal maintenance requirements, durability, protective properties, and ability to increase visibility.
However, those who deal in its less beneficial counterparts have been left in its dust, prompting them to spread mistruths to usurp epoxy flooring and coating specialists.
The thing is, if you’re ready to invest in new flooring or coatings, you need the right information to make an informed decision that suits your needs. To help you do this, we’ve busted the most commonly held myths about epoxy floor coatings.
MYTH 1: Epoxy Floor Coatings Are Much More Expensive
Many people have been misled by claims that epoxy floor coating is just an expensive type of paint. The truth is that epoxy coatings are actually a type of resin. They harden on your floors, ensuring extreme strength and durability.
And although epoxy coatings are slightly more expensive than standard paints, there’s a reason for this. They last so long that they pay for themselves in a few years!
You can easily find a cheaper alternative, but it will need to be replaced much sooner. The question you should be asking yourself is, do you want to invest a little more for a floor coating every 10-15 years or smaller investments every couple of years?
MYTH 2: Epoxy Floor Coatings Are Slippery
Considering epoxy coatings are renowned for their advanced slip-resistant properties, this one actually shocked me! This is precisely why it’s chosen explicitly for facilities such as warehouses, garage floors, horse stables, and factories.
Although epoxy has a smooth, shiny appearance, this is simply for aesthetics and light reflection. It’s not slippery at all. And if you’re worried about grease or oil spills, we can also use non-skid additives to bolster its slip-resistance.
MYTH 3: Paint Works Just As Well
This is a particularly worrying-and widely held-myth. Paint is not intended as an epoxy floor coating substitute for several reasons.
Without the thermosetting resin and hardener of epoxy, paint is nowhere near as durable or protective for flooring in industrial facilities. It can’t withstand chemicals or high traffic and will chip and peel easily. It’s also not moisture resistant and easily stained by oil, grease, and tire marks.
While paint adheres to and protects the topmost surface, epoxy coatings bond deep into the concrete’s porous surface. This is why epoxy doesn’t peel or require regular recoating.
Now that you know the truth about epoxy floor coatings, you can make an informed decision based on your available options.
If you decide to invest in epoxy floor coating, come to Toronto’s leading industrial painting contractors, Diotte Coating Services!
We have over 25 years of experience offering industrial painting and sandblasting services across industries. Using strategic planning and the latest epoxy coatings, our team will revolutionize your flooring without disrupting business continuity.
Contact us today to discuss your project requirements!