To effectively compare epoxy flooring to some of the more traditional flooring options such as polished concrete, tile, and hardwood we are going to show how these flooring can be used as well as their benefits. Today is finally the day that we will show how epoxy flooring is the superior flooring option on the market.
While polished concrete is rarely found in residential applications, it is commonly found in some commercial and even some industrial facilities. Polished concrete offers only a few options for customization such as staining the concrete, sheen of the polish, and how exposed the concrete is going to become. While this may be more than enough for some, most people need some more variety to make the dream work. Along with limited customization, polished concrete doesn’t really add any strength to the concrete slab and this may cause problems down the line especially in commercial and industrial applications. As for lifetime, the polish on the concrete will need to be reapplied almost daily so it can be a pain in the neck for business facilities. Since the polished concrete doesn’t supply any sort of strength, there should be no expectation for the concrete slab to last any longer either.
One of the best benefits of using tile is that the options are nearly endless, but there is a downside to the endless types of tile. You just can’t create a tile that is going to be specific to you, there will always the possibility that someone else is going to have the exact same tile. As for strength in tile, you are going to have to pay a pretty penny for a tile that is going to be able to handle abuse, and the cheaper tiles like ceramic and porcelain can break by looking at them the wrong way. The same principle applies for the lifespan as tile as well, cheaper tiles can last as long as five years and the more expensive tiles will last well over ten years if you’re lucky.
When choosing hardwood flooring, it seems like all the choices are the same. I mean sure, there are different colors and grain patterns but to the unfocused eye, a hardwood floor is a hardwood floor. This method of flooring is starting to become outdated and rather barbaric since it has been used since what feels like since the beginning of time! Then comes the severely underwhelming durability of hardwood, even the smallest dropped object on the hardwood can cause a gash in the flooring, especially when using a soft wood. When used in a busy household, hardwood flooring can also become faded and will need new finishes if you want it to maintain a decent appearance. Not to mention that hardwood flooring will warp the instant it is exposed to moisture!
Epoxy flooring is a unique flooring when it comes to terms of design. There are hundreds and thousands of different ways that epoxy flooring is able to be customized. There is a huge selection of colors, the choice to use multi or single colored flakes, and even the use of metallic pigments may be implemented. One of the best benefits of epoxy flooring is that it is one of the most durable flooring options available on the market to this date as it can handle the effects of heavy foot and vehicle traffic, the impact from dropped objects and even the effects of time. Epoxy flooring has been proven to make the concrete slab up to 300 percent stronger and last about 2-3 times longer than a concrete slab using traditional flooring. Epoxy flooring also has the benefit of being able to last well over 20 years when it has been professionally installed and maintained properly. It seems as if epoxy flooring takes all the best benefits from the top flooring and amplifies them to super-powered levels so it must be expensive right? Wrong. epoxy flooring is extremely competitive and can be installed as low as 9 dollars a square foot!