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How to do epoxy flooring

How long do metallic epoxy floors last?

With proper maintenance and low foot-traffic, metallic epoxy floors can last over 30-years; however, with high foot-traffic, the lifespan can be between a decade or two, but with proper care and attention they can last just as long as residential floors.

Can I do epoxy flooring myself?

Whether you live in San Diego or even a small apartment in Denver, you can handle this yourself. The end result is a clean and bright flooring that is ready for any kind of use. It can take a few days to do the whole epoxy coating process on your own.

How durable is metallic epoxy flooring?

Long lasting. Solid epoxy is extremely durable, and it is possible to engineer it further to provide more longevity. A properly-installed metallic epoxy floor will last many years with minimal maintenance. If the surface is damaged from falling objects or similar abrasions, it can often be repaired for a nominal cost.

What are the disadvantages of epoxy flooring?

Disadvantages of Epoxy Flooring

  • Strong toxic fumes.
  • Epoxy takes long to harden completely.
  • Temporary flooring solution.
  • Cracks and Chips on high impact areas.
  • Very Slippery when Wet.
  • Tedious installation process.
  • Complex Removal Procedure.
  • Costly Maintenance.

How much does metallic epoxy cost?

Metallic Epoxy, Decorative Flake, & Colors Metallic colors range in price from $5 to $12 per square foot.

Is epoxy flooring cheaper than tile?

Overall, floor tiles will run you about $3 to $5 per square foot, while epoxy will cost you between $3 and $12 per square foot. Garage tiles average $2 to $4 per square foot, making the materials more expensive. However, the installation is less than $1 per square foot.

Do epoxy floors scratch easily?

Heavy Impacts Epoxy floors can sustain not only heavy traffic and heavy loads, but also heavy impact. Whether your employees are dropping materials or dragging equipment, epoxy floors can endure high impact and are tough to scratch, dent or damage.

Are epoxy floors worth it?

Is It Worth It To Epoxy Your Garage Floor? Epoxy is durable, easy to clean, and protects the concrete substrate of your garage floor. It is also a highly affordable flooring solution. If you are looking to renovate and protect your garage floor, epoxy is worth it.

Is epoxy floor slippery?

Epoxy flooring isn’t as slippery as it looks and it’s easy to add a skid-resistant additive to the topcoat to make the floor very safe, even when wet. Without a nonslip additive, epoxy flooring can become very slippery when wet, especially with oil spills.

How much does it cost to epoxy a floor?

Epoxy flooring costs range from $750 to $4,928 with most homeowners spending between $1,320 to $3,080 for both materials and installation. Epoxy coating costs range from $3 to $7 per square foot depending on the type of epoxy used and labor costs.

How do you fix a scratched epoxy floor?

Place a quarter-sized dollop of furniture polish in the center of a lint-free cloth. Rub the polish onto any light scratches in the epoxy. Use small circles to distribute the polish evenly across the scratches, lightly abrading the surface with the polish until the scratches fade into the rest of the epoxy covering.

Is metallic epoxy flooring expensive?

Q: Are metallic epoxy floors expensive? A: They are a bit more costly than regular epoxy floors because the materials are more expensive, and the process requires more coats and can involve some specific artistic techniques, unlike plain epoxy. Our metallic floor coatings start at $4.50 per square foot.

Is epoxy flooring waterproof?

Many epoxy floors claim to be waterproof, but unless they are a resin-rich poured floor, they are only temporarily waterproof. The amount of aggregate needed for most quartz epoxy flooring leads to voids, which allow liquids to penetrate. They rely on a thin top coat of sealant to keep the water out.

How do you maintain an epoxy floor?

Clean Regularly One of the best cleaning solutions for an epoxy floor coating is diluted ammonia. Add 2 to 3 ounces of ammonia to a gallon of hot water and apply with a microfiber mop. Avoid using cleaning products with vinegar and citric acid. Citrus cleaners or vinegar can slowly degloss the epoxy finish.

Top Q&A (FAQs)about Epoxy Floor Coatings

Why should I choose an epoxy floor coating?

Even the best laid concrete floors will begin to break down and deteriorate over time. This can cause cracks, divots, and chips to appear in your concrete floor. With a professionally installed epoxy floor system, your concrete will be sealed and protected from the elements that can cause damage to your concrete while giving you an easy to clean and beautiful floor.

What can I do to prepare for your arrival?

Household goods and/or vehicles will need to be removed from the area during the installation and curing process. Depending on the type of flooring your choose, and other factors like time of year and temperature, the curing process may take up to 5-6 full days before your floors are completely cured. In most cases, you can walk on your new floors after 24 hours of the final application, however, you will need to wait at least 72 hours before you start replacing household items and furniture or vehicles, if you are choosing this type of flooring for your garage.

There are some small cracks and other defects in my concrete, will this affect the epoxy coating?

How to do epoxy flooringThe most important part of the installation process is the repairing the concrete which involves detailed preparation of the surface. Since defects, dust and other foreign matter may compromise the integrity of your new epoxy flooring, all efforts are taken to repair these defects while abating dust and other debris during the process. By using modern, high quality diamond grinding equipment combined with diligent efforts from our highly trained team, we are able to keep dust and debris to a minimum during the installation process.

I want a specific color for my flooring, are customized colors available?

Of course! Before we begin your installation, we will sit down with you to discuss the vision you have for your new dream floor and find just the right color and texture that suits your preferences and needs. We offer solid, inexpensive floor coatings such as solid epoxies- all the way to metallic and custom designed commercial finishes!

Will my new epoxy flooring be slippery?

Depending on your specific flooring choices, your floors may have a slightly textured surface and feel or a smooth, glass-like surface. In most cases, your new epoxy flooring system will be no more slippery than regular concrete when it’s wet. If you are concerned about how slippery your new epoxy flooring will be, there are slip resistant additives that can be added to the top coat that will help with this issue.

How do I clean my new epoxy flooring?

You can give your new floors a light cleaning with a broom, dust mop, or even a leaf blower. For a deeper clean, you’ll want to mop your floors with simple mix of ammonia and water. It’s best to avoid any soap mixtures as these can leave a film which can cause your floors to become dangerously slippery. Metallic floor coatings show a bit more wear and tear, and need more maintenance so we typically recommend this type of look in places which will get swept often.

Still unsure about a new Dreamcoat Epoxy Flooring?

If you are not sold yet on why a new epoxy floor coating is not right for your home or have more questions about the Dreamcoat Flooring epoxy flooring system for your concrete floors, please contact us online , or call 480-226-4172 for your absolutely, 100% FREE flooring consultation.