Epoxy is becoming a popular choice for floor coverings in garages and basements. Still, some people are reluctant to take the plunge, citing several outdated and overrated myths. These myths are holding them back from beautiful and durable protective coatings for the floors in their houses.
Myth #1 – Epoxy Floors are Too Expensive
Epoxy creates a strong durable coating for the floor that protects the actual flooring surface from harm related to chemicals, water, impact, and other destructive forces. When compared to the costs of replacing the actual floor more frequently, the costs are actually quite minimal—provided you choose the correct epoxy coating to meet the needs of your floors according to how they will be used.
Myth # 2 – Paints Work just as Well as Epoxy
The truth is that paints aren’t designed to do what epoxy does. Unlike paint, epoxy contains resins and hardeners that make it a more protective surface than paint. Epoxy is also resistant to damage from impacts, abrasions, chemicals, and UV rays, which paint is not. Paint won’t survive one summer in the average garage with tire marks, scuffs, scrapes, paint peels and flecks, and that doesn’t even include exposure to chemicals. Epoxy, on the other hand, can last much longer when properly applied.
Myth # 3 – Epoxy Floors Requires Frequent Replacement
Speaking of lasting longer, the rumor is that epoxy floors must be replaced every one to three years. That may be true of improperly applied epoxy, but epoxy that has been properly installed, especially when installed by professionals can last 10 to 20 years or even longer. That makes a huge difference in the cost-effectiveness of epoxy.
Myth # 4 – Sweeping and Light Cleaning is all the Preparation Required to Install Epoxy Floors
This is a slight underestimation of the work involved. Epoxy is most commonly used on concrete floors. These floors require some degree of preparation before applying epoxy. All grease, waxes, glues, and adhesives must be completely removed from the floor. Otherwise the epoxy might not properly bond to the floor which will require replacement. That is why it is recommended that professionals prepare and install epoxy floors – especially in garage areas that may have greater concentrations of these items.
Myth # 5 – DIY is Good Enough for Installing Epoxy
This is one of those myths that has a little truth to it. If you are certain that you have the skills to properly prepare the floors and then apply the epoxy, you may, but it is often best to err on the side of caution in order to protect the longevity of your floors. Improperly installed epoxy floors need to be replaced in one to three years while those that are professionally installed can last between 10 and 20 years before replacement becomes necessary.
Myth # 6 – All Epoxy Coatings are Created Equal
Quality matters when purchasing epoxy flooring. Keep that in mind and look for products that offer longer warranties and have outstanding feedback from satisfied customers.
Myth # 7 – You don’t have many Options when it Comes to Epoxy
That is more of a myth today than in days past. Many home basements are turning to decorative acid staining of the cement topped with a clear epoxy sealer. This opens up a wide new world of flooring options with the protection that epoxy is famous for providing.
Now that you know these common myths about epoxy are false, feel more confident to be creative and really take pride in your epoxy floors.