Epoxy Floors for Your Home: Pitfalls and Practicalities

Typically installed over concrete, epoxy floors can greatly enhance the appearance of the floor in your basement or your garage. You can do it yourself, so you save the cost of bringing in a contractor to handle the job. As is the case with just about everything in the world of home construction or renovation, however, there are bound to be some issues. Let’s talk about what you’ll need to think about before installing an epoxy floor or having a contractor install it for you.

Why Should I Consider an Epoxy Floor?

Epoxy floor covering and paints can really rev up the appearance of a concrete floor, whether it’s in a garage or a basement. Some people in places like Darboy, Kimberly, and even farther afield, swear by epoxy flooring in other areas of the house. Any flooring material, though, is going to have advantages and disadvantages. Certainly, epoxy is worth considering because of its beauty, durability, and cost-effectiveness.

What about Durability?

You can expect an epoxy floor to stand up for a very long time, even in areas of heavy traffic. If you’re installing an epoxy floor in a garage that’s actually used for parking, we have some good news for you. A good many garages never see a car – instead, they’re used as additional living space or for storage while the car is parked in the driveway or on the street. But if you do use your garage to park your car, and you have a painted floor, the heat from your car’s tires could cause the paint to peel. Epoxy floors, however, can withstand the heat. They also resist cracking, staining and peeling.

You may find, however, that epoxy floors can be problematic in damp areas. If you’re planning on applying epoxy to a basement floor, you might want to consider investing in a dehumidifier in order to make sure that the epoxy adheres properly.

Is There Much of a Variety?

You can have a huge variety of styles and colors in your epoxy floor. Any number of patterns and designs can be created, and you can even create a custom effect with the addition of chips and flakes that create a flecked effect. You’re really only limited by your imagination. When you’re looking to jazz up a concrete floor, you might consider stenciling or staining, but these are procedures that can be difficult, and best left to the pros. You can do an epoxy floor yourself using a kit, or you can have a professionally installed epoxy floor installed by a contractor.

Anything Else I Need to Know?

If you’re thinking of doing an epoxy floor yourself, you should know that it’s not something you can do quickly. The floor has to be cleaned and prepared before the coating can be applied to the concrete. Also, you have to use at least two coats of epoxy, and the first has to be totally dry before you can put down the second.

You should also know that an epoxy floor may be extremely slippery if it gets wet. For that reason, if you’re planning on using it in an area that is prone to spills (say, for example, a laundry room), you’ll want to use an add-in product to reduce the slickness of the surface.