Epoxy Flooring: Frequently Asked Questions

No matter what type of commercial or industrial facility you own or operate, finding a durable, attractive, and reliable flooring option is crucial for ensuring the safety, longevity, and efficiency of your business. When researching which type of commercial flooring will work best for your property, you’ve likely come across epoxy flooring products and heard how effective and durable these products are, especially in locations with heavy-duty daily use.

But how can you know if epoxy flooring is the right solution for your property?

What Is Epoxy Flooring?

Epoxy is a term used to classify resin and hardener materials that are mixed together to create a firm plastic. The result of this mixture forms an epoxy flooring that is exceptionally strong, durable, easy to maintain and resistant to corrosion. Epoxy flooring can bond with most base layers and is particularly useful in buildings or industries with high traffic areas like sports facilities, industrial and warehousing buildings, utility centers and hospitals.

Epoxy flooring is available in several system applications:

  • Self-Leveling and Medium-Mil Epoxy Floors
  • Epoxy Mortar Flooring
  • Quartz-Filled Floors
  • Anti-Static Epoxy Floors
  • Epoxy Flake Floors

How Long Do Epoxy Floors Last?

Epoxy flooring is among the most resilient and durable flooring options for commercial and industrial settings with heavy impacts, high traffic and instances of spills or accidents. Depending on the conditions of your facility, epoxy floorings can be expected to last between five and 10 years, although if properly maintained these flooring systems can last even longer.

Factors that can affect the lifespan of your epoxy flooring include:

  • The strength and quality of the base concrete flooring
  • How well the surface was prepared before application, including thorough cleaning and repairs
  • The thickness of the epoxy coating — thinner coats will wear down quicker than thicker flooring
  • The frequency and type of traffic along the flooring
  • If the epoxy flooring will be subject to ultraviolet light exposure — epoxy coatings have poor UV resistance

How Durable Is Epoxy Flooring?

Of the available industrial flooring options, epoxy flooring is considered the most resilient and durable, especially in locations with the following characteristics:

  • Heavy Traffic: Unlike other types of commercial flooring that may become worn and damaged with regular traffic or require frequent coating applications, epoxy coatings can withstand a variety of types of traffic, including foot and vehicle traffic, without wearing or needing additional maintenance.
  • Substantial Weight Loads: A standard epoxy flooring application can withstand weight up to 10,000 psi without denting, scratching or cracking. For even stronger flooring, you can apply additional urethane topcoats to harden the surface against additional abrasion.
  • Regular Impact: In some industrial settings, employees will be required to drag heavy equipment or may drop sizable items onto your flooring. With epoxy flooring, you can pursue your normal daily activity without worrying if the flooring will be dented, scratched or damaged.
  • Harsh Environments or Locations: If your industrial or commercial building is located in an area with extremely hot or cold temperatures or corrosion from sources like salt water, you have the peace of mind that your epoxy flooring can withstand any type of environment and maintain its quality, including in deep freezes.

What Are the Benefits of Epoxy Flooring?

In addition to being exceptionally durable, epoxy flooring applications in your commercial or industrial location also offer the following benefits:

  • Appearance and Variety: Unlike other flooring options, epoxy is smooth, bright, professional-looking and available in several color options for added personalization.
  • Safety: An added bonus for epoxy flooring is that it is incredibly safe, with both shock and slip resistance.
  • Affordability: Due to epoxy flooring being applied over existing concrete slabs, installing epoxy is much more affordable than alternative flooring options.
  • Resistance: Epoxy flooring can resist a wide variety of cleaner and chemical spills as well as grease and oils without becoming damaged and is heat- and water-resistant. These floors are also resistant to germs and bacteria growth.
  • Longevity: With epoxy flooring installed in your facility, you have peace of mind that it will remain resistant, durable and efficient for up to a decade without needing maintenance or replacement.

Get Started Today With Alpine Painting and Restoration 

At Alpine Painting and Restoration, we provide several epoxy flooring installation options for commercial and industrial locations throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania. We guarantee our epoxy flooring — including self-leveling and medium-mil, thin-mil decorative, extreme corrosion control, secondary containment and color quartz and flake decorative — will provide your facility with lasting durability, performance and exceptional appearance for years to come.

Our team will work closely with you to determine which epoxy flooring application will best suit your daily needs and budget to ensure lasting value and increase your property’s life expectancy. To learn more about our epoxy flooring options, fill out our online contact form or call us at 215-348-4410.