Epoxy Floor Coating Vs. Epoxy Paint
Epoxy flooring is durable, economic, hygienic, safe and stylish, too. The go-to choice in the commercial and industrial sectors, it’s fast becoming the preferred choice in the residential sector. For this reason, many impersonators are on the scene promising to be “just as good” as the real deal. In this article, we look at the difference between epoxy floor coating and epoxy paint.
What is the Difference Between Epoxy Floor Coating and Epoxy Paint?
Durability and longevity are the two biggest differences between epoxy coating and floor paint.
Floor paints are a cheaper, quick-fix alternative but come with a short life span.
You can purchase paint at a store and apply it on your own. Most floor paints are made of acrylic whereas epoxy floor coatings are two-part component materials comprised of epoxy resin and a polyamine hardener.
Polyamine-based hardeners are used to cure epoxy resins at room temperature. Polyamine hardeners are made up of an organic molecule containing two or more amine groups. Prior to applying epoxy floor coatings, the two parts must be mixed creating a chemical reaction that induces curing resulting in a durable, strong adhesive coating. Unlike paint, epoxy floor coatings cure rather than dry. They are also resistant to staining and are chemical- and abrasion-resistant. Thus, they are long-lasting with no maintenance.
With epoxy coatings, you will require a professional installer and a higher-quality product. No surface preparation is involved with floor paints whereas epoxy coatings are applied in a multistep process beginning with diamond grinding of the substrate. This ensures that the concrete is porous in order for the coating to penetrate the substrate.
Should I Use Paint or a Coating?
An epoxy floor coating is the best choice for high-performance flooring. Coatings provide long-lasting durability in garages, where they are resistant to hot tyres, oil spills and more. They are a great solution for industrial floors, warehouses and other high-traffic areas. Epoxies can also be customised to suit your specific requirements with over 40 decorative colour options from which to choose.
If you’re looking for a fast, affordable and easy solution, paint might be an option. However, it will not stand the test of time.
Epoxy Floor coatings are a recommended solution if you want to update your concrete surface, carry out repairs, restore concrete, protect concrete and upgrade existing concrete surfaces.
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