There are lots of questions that might pop up before, during or after getting your epoxy resin flooring system installed. This list of FAQs should help you understand the characteristics and benefits of the versatile resin flooring system!
- What is Epoxy Resin Flooring?
Epoxy resin flooring is made up from two main ingredients, a hardener and the resin. The mixing of the two allows the resin to be spread onto the substrate, and then cure as rigid and durable layer.
- How Durable Are Epoxy Resin Floors?
Durability is one of the biggest benefits with epoxy resin flooring. Concrete floors and cement based floors simply wouldn’t last too long without it if they were being exposed to chemicals, water damage, or extremely heavy loads. The resistance to these things is essential in industries where heavy machinery and chemicals are used – and epoxy resin floors can provide that. Epoxy resin floors should last around 10 years in a domestic garage or home, but with continued use in places like factories then you’d expect to see some signs of wear earlier. However, resin flooring is easy to repair so don’t worry!
- How Long Will My Epoxy Resin Floor Last?
Epoxy resin floors can last over 10 years if properly taken care of. However, this comes down to around 7 years when it’s used in industrial settings due to having to withstand heavy traffic and other impacts. Epoxy resin flooring systems are known to last a lot longer when installed by a trained professional. They can appropriately prep your existing floor before application and make sure it’s installed correctly.
- Are Epoxy Floors Smooth?
Epoxy floors are a smooth surface, especially when compared to concrete or cement floors. The smooth, seamless design of resin flooring makes it super easy to clean and maintain. This is because there is nowhere for dirt to hide, like cracks or edges of tiles.
- How Do You Repair an Epoxy Resin Floor?
Resin floor might have signs of wear and tear if not maintained alongside heavy use. Luckily with resin flooring, the damage repair can be localised. All that would need to be done is sanding down the affected area, and have a new coating applied. This localised repair ability with epoxy resin floors makes it a more affordable option. If you were to repair different flooring systems, you would possibly have to replace the whole floor.
- Can Epoxy Resin Flooring Repair Concrete Flooring?
Yes, epoxy resin flooring can be used to help repair damages the existing surface of concrete floors. These damages could be going against health and safety regulations, so would need to be addressed immediately. Repair on old concrete floors would require some prep work done before the resin coating is applied – the holes would need filling to provide an adequate surface for the resin to bond to. A professional would be able to advise and carry out any floor preparation you would need before then applying the resin.
- How Long Does Epoxy Resin Flooring Take to Cure?
For epoxy resin flooring to cure fully, it takes 72 hours. However, after 24 hours you can walk on it, but should do so sparingly. After the full 72 hours you can begin placing heavy items upon the flooring. This time can all change if the temperature isn’t sufficient, it needs to be between 75 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit. If below this, then you should add on some extra time.
- Can I Use Epoxy Resin Flooring Outdoors?
You could use epoxy resin flooring to change up the look outside your home, but it is more commonly used in spaces like garages. When exposed to UV light, it will eventually yellow over time. It’s best off to look for an alternative flooring such as polyurethane.
- Is Epoxy Resin Flooring Expensive?
The size of the floor you want, and other options such as added aggregates for colour and non-slip qualities will determine the price of your epoxy resin flooring. If you need your existing floor system repaired before the application, you are also looking at added costs. Costs can be anywhere from £2.50 per square foot to £10 per square foot depending on what you require.
- Is It Possible to Customise Epoxy Resin Flooring?
Epoxy resin flooring can be customised to your taste. It comes in a wide range of different colours to choose from. You can also add decorative coloured flakes to the mix. On top of this, there is the choice to have a pearlescent or glitter effect added.