When choosing between flooring solutions, often homeowners find themselves struggling to choose between two options; epoxy flooring and concrete polish. Both solutions require concrete slabs as their foundation. The results of both types of flooring are very different though.
What is Epoxy flooring?
Epoxy floor coatings are applied to concrete floor. This liquid is made up of cured resin and special hardeners. The layer further strengthens concrete. It makes it impermeable to chemicals, oils, and moisture. Epoxy coating also protects the floors against the wear caused by heavy vehicle traffic, like forklifts.
Epoxy is applied to concrete floors seamlessly. Metallic accents can be added to this flooring like color chips and even different textures. Epoxy coatings are commonly used in kitchens, garage spaces, workshops, warehouses, hospitals, and many other areas.
Epoxy is a popular choice for commercial establishments as it protects the concrete and gives a shiny, executive feel. The surface is also easy to clean, making maintenance easy.
What is concrete polishing?
Sealers are used to polish concrete that is much more subtle than epoxy. The protectants are added to the top-most layer of concrete during the polishing phase. These protectants make it waterproof and dustproof. Surfaces that have concrete polishing are also easy to clean.
To achieve a polished look, finer grinding tools are used. The sealers used in this process are not as harsh as those used in epoxy.
Concrete polishing, is therefore, not seen as appropriate for commercial floors. Epoxy coatings give the flooring much more strength, resistance, and durability than concrete polishing.
Concrete polishing is still used in medical establishments, retail stores, restaurants and for commercial purposes. This surface can be colored and designed very easily, making it more versatile. Like epoxy, this surface is easy to clean. When it comes to maintenance, polished concrete isn’t ideal.
While the cost of concrete polishing is lesser than that on epoxy, the regular upkeep isn’t ideal. Polished concrete requires re-polishing regularly and it needs to be done by a professional.
Depending on the tools used to achieve the look, the reflectivity of the polished concrete increases by 100%. This quality is known to reduce the overheads spent on electricity in commercial spaces since it takes less power and lights to illuminate the space.
If you’re looking for an experienced and reliable service for metallic epoxy flooring in TX, visit CSS Coatings. They provide epoxy coatings, MMA coatings, traffic coatings, and much more. Call 270-793-9069 for more information.