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Epoxy vs. Concrete: Which is Best for Garage Floors?

An epoxy resin contractor installing a flake epoxy resin garage floor in a residential space.

Everyone expects their garage floor to work without any thought or care. And they should! But, putting a little bit of thought into what material your floors will be is the key factor in turning that dream into reality! To make the most informed decision, you need to be aware of the differences between epoxy resin vs. concrete flooring.

We're your one-stop shop for all things epoxy resin here at EpoxyETC. Dive into the comparison of epoxy vs. concrete with this guide and build a strong, dependable and future-proof garage floor!


Epoxy Resin: For the Garage of the Future

A flake epoxy resin system with multicolored vinyl flakes broadcasted before the final epoxy resin layer is installed.

2023 was a great year for epoxy resin's popularity, and 2024 might just top it. Homeowners who've tried epoxy resin understand that it's not just hot air - it's the real deal!

Whether it's form or function you desire, epoxy resin's there to fulfill it. However, like any solution, it doesn't come without some drawbacks:


  • Versatility: Epoxy is truly the renaissance resin - from the smallest DIY trinkets & accessories, to the largest industrial warehouse floor, it's got it all. And it's got a million different styles, too!

  • Durability: We expect a lot out of our floors. Epoxy resin is one of the only flooring solutions to be so thoroughly tested for strength and pass!

  • Sealing Properties: One of the biggest weaknesses of bare concrete is its porous nature. Especially in climates where the weather can be volatile, that creates a lot of unnecessary risk for its integrity. Epoxy resin solves all of that!

  • Low Maintenance: Like we said in the beginning, the dream is for your garage floor to just work - no thought or care. Well, epoxy's just the solution for that! Because of it's seamlessness, it both prevents dirt and grime & makes cleaning it easier than ever before.


  • Initial Installation Cost: We highly recommend that you hire a professional flooring contractor to install any epoxy resin system. That means resource costs, labor costs, & time. But believe us when we say it's worth it!

  • Traction: While epoxy's seamlessness is a major benefit, that doesn't mean it's not a double-edged sword. You can install a traction additive with your epoxy resin which will massively prevent any issues. But, epoxy resin without those additives finishes with a glass-like seamless gloss. That means any spills can become safety hazards, even if they don't stain the floors.

Function Over Form: Concrete Flooring

A smooth concrete foundation undergoing surface preparation for a grind and seal polish job.

Simple doesn't have to mean weak. With concrete, the complete opposite is true: it's its simplicity that makes it so strong! Both as a flooring solution and as an aesthetic feature, concrete is incredible.

Just like with epoxy, though, the same features that often make it so attractive can also be its points of weakness.


  • Cost-Effective: Concrete's simplicity means less installation cost & time, and it'll last you for years and years to come. For decades now, the most popular & cheapest garage flooring solution has been concrete.

  • Low Maintenance: While epoxy reigns king when it comes to low maintenance flooring solutions, concrete is not far behind. Concrete is, as we mentioned, porous, so it may require some extra care to fully maintain. Whether it's the occasional crack or just general routine maintenance, concrete often works with you, not against you.

  • Classic Appeal: You don't have to be a fan of brutalist architecture to appreciate the simplistic and traditional beauty of concrete. It's incredibly easy to work around aesthetically!


  • Susceptible to Stains: Concrete is porous - unlike epoxy, it has no natural barrier for oil & chemical damage to be prevented by. That means stains & corrosive damage are more likely, even if you are extremely vigilant. Even just a simple grind & seal polish job can prevent the majority of spills & stains!

  • Longevity: Concrete is known for its longevity - and it's true, compared to 99% of flooring solutions on the market, concrete will not do wrong by you. But, epoxy resin exists. And epoxy resin is often designed to exponentially enhance the strength of concrete!

  • Limited Versatility: This is the other edge of concrete's simplicity. If you're design oriented, you can stain concrete in a variety of different colors. But, compared to epoxy resin's versatility, it's simply no match.


The choice is truly yours to make. Are you looking for a no-funny-business, tough-as-leather solution that's simple? Concrete might be your draw. But if you have higher aspirations, either with strength or aesthetics, it might be time to give epoxy resin a try! Do some research, check out your options, and make the best choice for you and your floors.

Consider us your epoxy network for the future, because we have it all! From restocks to professional guidance, we want to help you build a strong foundation in flooring. Call our team of specialists at (954) 228-8856 and explore our affordable stock on the EpoxyETC online store.


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