Epoxy Coating vs. Polished Flooring: What Is the Best Option for Your Business?

Choosing a new floor shouldn’t be a difficult decision. However, it should be made with careful consideration of the different options available. There are thousands of different types of floors on the market, but your options can quickly be narrowed down by following a basic decision-making guide. It will take time to make an informed decision and include the necessary people who should be a part of the process, but we are always happy to lend our expertise. While you certainly have more options than the two we are discussing today, we can at least help provide some information and guidance for these options.

How to Make a Decision

There are several methods that can be used when making a decision. While the order of the steps can vary slightly, they nearly all include the same basic idea. First, identify the goal of the decision – what are you trying to decide? Secondly, pertinent information should be gathered about the desired end result—what requirements does the floor need to meet? Next, identify the various solutions under consideration and weigh them against each other. This step can be done using pro and con lists, a decision tree, or other similar processes. After the final decision is made and action is taken, it’s important to review your choice for future decision-making needs.

Epoxy Coating

Technically speaking, a two-part epoxy coating is a product that produces a chemical reaction that creates a hard and durable surface over a surface. When properly mixed, the polymer resins and hardeners create a chemical bond with each other and the floor itself. Epoxy flooring and epoxy coatings differ only in the thickness depth. Coatings are less than two millimeters and flooring is at least two millimeters in thickness. They offer a high-shine appearance but are not resistant to high levels of heat and can be sensitive to UV rays. Epoxy coatings are not the ideal choice in outside spaces, areas exposed to high levels of natural light, or where there are extreme heat-producing machines.

Benefits of Epoxy Coatings

Epoxy flooring offers several benefits for commercial and residential spaces. They are not only completely customizable in color, but they also provide a bright and reflective surface that can be installed nearly anywhere. Its smooth surface provides quality flooring and easy sweeping and cleaning. Compared to other flooring options, epoxy is one of the more affordable options to install and maintain. However, depending on the level of use, it may require more frequent upkeep. Epoxy is often used in garages due to its resistance to nearly every type of spill — gas, oil, cleaners, and more. Since it’s nonporous, it’s resistant to the growth of bacteria and germs. Many of these benefits can be found in other flooring options as well.

Sustainability should always be a key factor when considering a new floor. Applying an epoxy coating to your existing surface helps eliminate excess waste. Other flooring materials such as carpet and tile end up in the landfill when they are replaced throughout the years. With epoxy flooring, you won’t need to continually rip up old flooring and you will use significantly fewer resources to create the new floor, which decreases your impact on the environment.

Polished Flooring

Polished concrete flooring is created using diamond-impregnated tools to grind and hone the surface to the desired level of aggregate exposure and shine. This process is done by expert craftsmen with very specialized tools and equipment who have been trained to carefully plan and execute the installation process. Due to the complexity of polished flooring installation, there may be obstacles that require overcoming, such as damaged concrete or excessive moisture levels. There are several options of polished concrete to choose from to meet the exact needs and desires for each floor’s appearance and function.

Benefits of Polished Concrete

The vast benefits of polished concrete begin with its durability. Proper installation and maintenance prolong the life of polished concrete well beyond some other flooring options. It holds up extremely well under high levels of use for extended periods of time. Polished concrete maintenance is fairly simple to learn and can be restored very easily as well. Regular cleanings revive the beauty, shine, and durability of polished concrete. Both polished concrete and terrazzo polishing are considered some of the most beautiful floors on the market. They are frequently used in highly populated areas such as museums, schools, and warehouses due to their beauty and durability. Plus, because polished concrete doesn’t need to be resealed regularly, there is less downtown for maintenance than with epoxy coatings. 

The slip resistance of polished concrete is often misunderstood. Many people assume it’s slippery due to its reflective properties, but it actually meets or exceeds other smooth floor options in slip resistance, making it an ideal option in spaces that have high floor traffic. Its reflective nature lends to the beauty as well as reflecting light which not only brightens the area but can also reduce lighting needs by up to 30 percent. 

Choosing Royale Concrete

At Royale Concrete, we offer our expertise to you as you make the decision for your new floor. Whether you choose polished concrete, an epoxy coating, or another material, we want to help you feel confident you’ve made the right choice for your space, even if that choice doesn’t include us. Providing excellent products and services with unparalleled integrity is one of the many ways we put our customers first. Our craftsmen work tirelessly to deliver the optimal outcome for your polished concrete installation by studying the concrete, creating a plan of action, and executing the process with efficiency and care. We take immense pride in a job well done and it brings us joy to deliver a product that will perform well for years and years. 

Who says your floors can’t be beautiful and tough? Polished concrete could meet all your flooring needs and desires and wow you with its numerous benefits. Our professional concrete services include surface preparation, concrete polishing, terrazzo polishing, coatings, concrete maintenance, and concrete repair. Contact us today to begin your next flooring project.