Every type of flooring has pros and cons. This is especially true depending on what location you will be putting it in. Different types of flooring work better for different spaces and locations. You need to be sure that you pick a floor that will fit nicely with the needs of your specific space.
Spaces that have heavy foot traffic need flooring that is durable and can withstand the elements that it will come into contact with on a daily basis. This may cost more money initially, but it will end up saving you money in the long run. With limited maintenance and cleaning, you will save money on repairs and replacement with a durable, strong floor.
If you own an auto shop and need something durable for your flooring, you should consider polished concrete! It is durable and low maintenance, which is perfect for this location! You may be likely to consider epoxy flooring, which is common in some garages. Here are some reasons you should avoid garage floor epoxy.
One of the major drawbacks of getting epoxy flooring is that it is only temporary. Even though it is very durable, you will eventually have to replace it. Everyday wear and tear and cracks can take a toll on the flooring. The floor needs to be replaced when this happens.
Most epoxy floors are skid resistant, but this doesn’t apply to floors that are oil-covered. These floors can also be very slippery when they are drying. Epoxy floors are not good in areas that are prone to spills or water on the floor. Since garages are privy to this, garage floor epoxy is not recommended.
A lot of effort goes into getting floors ready for epoxy coating. The concrete has to be cleaned and free of any grease or oil and cracks need to be filled.
Not only is the preparation time consuming, but so is the application process. The first coat has to completely dry before you can add on the second coat and the drying time can take several days.
Wet epoxy coating can have extremely strong fumes. Darker shades of epoxy tend to have a stronger ammonia smell after you apply it.
Epoxy flooring needs to be applied according to the directions. If it is not applied like it is supposed to be, then it will not last as long as it should. Leave it to the professionals to apply your epoxy flooring.
Epoxy does not adhere well to floors that are in moist environments such as a basement. If applied in a damp environment, this can cause the paint to peel up. Of course, professionals can help combat this drawback.
The business owner installing the flooring might need to buy additional cleaning products to ensure that the epoxy sticks.
Once the epoxy is applied, changing the colors and the design of your floor can be really labor intensive and very costly to the business owner.
If you are considering new flooring for your garage space, polished concrete is a great option. If you are still considering garage floor epoxy and have more questions, contact us today! We can help you pick what flooring is best for your space and handle the installation from start to finish!