Despite the recent popularity spike for epoxy flooring, there’s still this air of mystery around it. It’s only meant for industrial businesses, right? It’s VERY expensive to have installed, right? They have to cut out a side of your house to get the solid slab in, right? That last one was far fetched, but these misconceptions do exist. In this blog, we’re going to take away some of the mystery about epoxy flooring. Who knows, maybe afterward you’ll be giving us a call to get your own epoxy garage floor installed! Here are five common misconceptions about epoxy flooring.
- It has to be reapplied: We’re familiar with other materials like hardwood floors that need to be refinished every couple of years. It’s not only to update the refinish but to ensure it’s protected from the daily traffic. Epoxy flooring is extremely durable, which is why you commonly see it in various businesses including hospitals. Generally, you won’t have to worry about replacing an epoxy floor for 10 years!
- It’s slippery: We’ll admit, the shiny finish on the epoxy can be a little misleading. Looking at it at certain angles it can look slippery or wet. In reality, the surface is slip-resistant because it has little raised bumps to keep your feet and wheels firmly in place.
- It’s too expensive: People will focus on the initial installation cost, but forget about the maintenance they’ll have to deal with after the installation is done. With some flooring, the installation is less expensive, but the amount of money that’s needed for regular maintenance will exceed that initial cost substantially. Epoxy flooring is the opposite of that. The installation will cost more, but because of how low maintenance epoxy flooring is you’ll be saving a considerable amount of money.
- Painting can do the same thing: Epoxy does start out as a liquid and dries similar to paint, but that’s where the similarities end. Epoxy is designed to protect the concrete floor it lays on from abrasions, stains, and anything else. It bonds with it creating a resistant, non-volatile surface. Paint does not have the same durability.
- It can be a DIY project: There are epoxy DIY kits on the market that makes it seem like it’s a simple project. However, what those kits and manufacturers will never tell you is that the epoxy is lower quality and won’t hold up nearly as well as a professional grade. On top of that, you need to make sure the concrete has been prepared correctly, otherwise, the epoxy won’t bond. All in all, it’s much easier to give us a call to get your garage set up with the perfect flooring you’ll be admiring for years to come!
Are you ready to get your garage transformed with a brand new epoxy floor? Contact Wakefield Hardwood Floors today!