Epoxy Floors versus Polished Concrete

February 13, 2019 1 Comment

Epoxy Floors versus Polished Concrete

When it comes to the selecting a flooring finish many people find it difficult to select between an epoxy flooring system and an epoxy floor polish finish.

Epoxy floors and polished concrete utilize concrete slabs when it comes to foundation substrate. However, the two provide several kinds of flooring solutions that are ideal for various environments. Epoxy flooring systems are made using different layers of a t2-3 component coating while polished concrete is created using fine polishing heads to form a burnished and smooth surface. The guidelines below highlight the factors that can be used to determine whether an epoxy floor or polished concrete is ideal for your flooring project.

Advantages of Polished Concrete

Polished concrete is preferred over epoxy flooring because of its compressive strength, beautiful look, and its' resistance to most toxic chemicals and substances. Polished concrete flooring is ideal for garages that will not be subjected to harsh chemicals and materials of extreme pH substances. It is also suitable because of its light reflectivity that is usually required in a garage. However, since polished concrete might need to be re-polished from time to time, it might not be suitable for a garage that is meant to be used on a 24/7 basis. If going the polished concrete route then one should be able to make provisions for cordoning off the parking area regularly.

Epoxy Flooring Advantages

Epoxy flooring is used in many garage flooring cases because it is considered easier to install and is a more cost effective flooring solution. Epoxy flooring is the ultimate choice in areas where polished concrete cannot be used. The epoxy flooring, unlike the polished concrete flooring, is available in different formulations that are meant to protect the integrity of the garage floor. Benefits of epoxy flooring include imparting abrasion and puncture resistance, static control provision, and improve the weight of the garage floor. Epoxy floorings are advantageous over epoxy polished concrete because they conceal imperfections with the use of decorative flakes and high performance non-skid topcoats.


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Alexandra Newcomb
Alexandra Newcomb

February 13, 2019

Super informative! Would you suggest polished concrete in a basement environment? Sent an email with my flooring project. Thanks!

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