Epoxy Floor Coatings – Cost, Advantages, and Installation
This article I found on Angie’s List talks about the advantages of epoxy floor coatings on concrete. It’s a good article that goes over the basics about epoxy coatings. I would add that when applying epoxies to concrete along with using Creto Deep Penetrating Sealer you will get greater results and a longer lasting application. One of the problems the article goes into is the floor’s condition. Older floors tend to have problems with oil and grease in the substrate and / or weak foundations that have moisture problems. Creto DPS solves these problems by strengthening the substrate and pushing the grease and oils out of the slab and to the surface of the concrete to be removed after the Creto DPS has cured (24 hours). Creto DPS also solves the moisture issue by making the substrate permanently waterproofed and increasing the bonding ability of the slab. Applying Creto DPS before epoxy application is a cheap and effective way to ensure proper application and longevity from your epoxy topcoat.
Give your tired cement floors new life with a professional epoxy floor coating.
Epoxy Flooring Advantages
Epoxy flooring is a wise choice because: It can resist stains and is easy to clean. The professional finish covers a myriad of imperfections in the existing floor. It works on nearly any existing concrete foundation. The finish comes in various colors. You can get an anti-skid finish to make the floor safer when it’s wet.
Epoxy Flooring Cost
Angie’s List members who had epoxy floors applied in 2013 reported paying an average of roughly $2,300, with a general range of about $2,100 to $2,550, not counting discounts many service providers offer to members. According to CostHelper.com, “A professionally installed epoxy floor typically costs $3 to $12 a square foot.”
Epoxy Floor Installation
At first glance, it may seem pretty easy to apply an epoxy floor. But lots of things can go wrong, resulting in a disastrous result. That means you probably want to turn to a professional to do the tasks well and achieve a good outcome.
Assessing floor’s condition, quality: Applying epoxy to a weak foundation, or the substrate floor, results in a poor bond – and the finish won’t last. Eventually, the epoxy will cause the floor’s top layer to become detached from the cement.
Humidity: The floor must be thoroughly dry. If it isn’t, the epoxy won’t bond well.
Old floor? Using an epoxy finish on older cement floors requires careful consideration of the surfaces. These floors typically have a lot of wear and tear, which usually means more grease and oil on them than newer floors. If that’s the case, a contractor should follow proper procedures for prepping the floor.
Floor prep: An agitating/blasting phase will clean the floor, removing dust and debris, before applying the epoxy.
Primer: The floor must be primed, and the right product is needed to help the epoxy adhere and ensure it lasts a long time.
Epoxy prep and a proper finish: Ensuring a proper finish involves correctly prepping the epoxy compound. Not doing this may result in a soft or sticky finish. A professional will know the precise ratios for mixing the compound and how long to mix it.
Epoxy: Your contractor should test the epoxy’s compatibility with the flooring. Using the right epoxy ensures the floor’s strength and the epoxy’s ability to adhere to the floor.
Find a Professional
Don’t skimp on quality; hire a contractor who will perform the right sequence of steps when applying the epoxy, correctly prep the surface and avoid mistakes that lead to a less-than-ideal finish. Enlisting a professional to do the job results in a high-quality floor. When the flooring starts to wear or fade, you can easily freshen up the finish by cleaning the floor well and applying a top coat.