If you are considering epoxy flooring for your garage or basement, it’s a great choice! Some people refer to epoxy as a coating for life because it is so long lasting and durable. Residential applications have been known to last for up to 30 years, while industrial applications with high traffic may last up to 15.
There are many factors that can influence the lifespan of your epoxy flooring.
The type of surface you install epoxy on will affect the lifespan. This is even true for different types of concrete installation. Epoxy lasts longer on concrete that has a minimum strength of 3000 PSI. If your concrete has a strength that is under 2500 PSI, it will lessen the lifespan of the epoxy coating.
Surfaces need to be cleaned and vacuumed. This includes cleaning up oil spills and anything else that may have gotten into the flooring. You need to vacuum up dust and debris regularly to keep your epoxy in top shape. Also, before applying epoxy, concrete surfaces must be acid etched, and any damage to the surface should be repaired. Proper surface preparation will increase the lifespan of your epoxy flooring.
How thick you install epoxy will also make a difference. The thicker the epoxy, the longer it will last, especially in an industrial setting. Thicker epoxy can better handle heavy equipment and traffic. In some industrial settings, they put the flooring down at a thickness of 1,000 microns to ensure it lasts as long as possible.
The amount of traffic that the epoxy flooring sees will affect how long it lasts. Epoxy in your home will last much longer than a surface that is driven over by forklifts and other equipment. This is why epoxy does not last as long in an industrial setting. Industrial setting generally has much higher foot traffic and much heavier equipment on it, causing the flooring to deteriorate faster.
How to Tell if Your Flooring Needs Replacing
If you start seeing your flooring become discolored, then it may be time to consider redoing the epoxy coating. You also may notice miniature cracks along your epoxy flooring. This is another indication that it is time to replace your flooring.
In this article, we hope that we shed light on the questions and concerns that you may have regarding epoxy flooring and how long your investment will last. If you have any other questions about any other areas of epoxy, feel free to reach out to one of our specialists at (954)-799-6359.