The Challenges You Should Expect With Epoxy Flooring for Basements
Epoxy is a high-performance material but only when installed properly. Poor installation can lead to a number of problems that might cause regrets. It won’t perform as it should, won’t look as attractive, will require replacement, and worst of all it becomes hard to remove once installed. This means you have to involve professionals in the installation process, particularly for your basement floor. Some of the common issues poorly installed epoxy include:
Peeling – which occurs when epoxy is applied on the floor in direct sunshine or when the temperatures are too low like in most basements. This also happens when the preparation is inadequate with oil, grease, and debris left on the concrete surface.
Moisture Bubbles Buildup Underneath Your Installation – This happens when your floor isn’t properly dried before installation. If you’ve etched your concrete surface, clean it properly and wait for at least 24 hours before spreading epoxy over it. Good contractors have ways to dry their sites to avoid the long wait. Your contractor should also do a moisture test to determine if your basement would benefit from epoxy.
Air Bubbles Buildup Underneath Your Installation – The main cause of air bubbles appearing under your epoxy installation is installing it under direct sunlight in a cold environment or the surface wasn’t prepped properly. That’s why we assess the job prior to application and make sure that we account for all of these issues and in cold weather we use a polyaspartic instead of a regular cure epoxy.
Color Inconsistency – If the mixing process is not done thoroughly, expect your floor to have an inconsistent color. This can also result from a concrete floor that’s inadequately prepped because it’ll have oil and grease residue.
Most problems associated with epoxy for flooring basements are a result of poor workmanship. Those who fall victim here attempt to do the job on their own with the motivation of saving money but fail horribly. This can be avoided by involving professionals. A flooring expert will understand the need to prepare your floor properly even if it was installed recently. They will also use quality materials and apply them properly.
Epoxy is Good for Your Basement Floors But Hire a Flooring Expert
The bottom line is that epoxy is a great flooring solution for basements. Installing it with a vapor barrier can help with water and mold issues. It’s also extremely durable which makes it a great option for basements that can suffer water and activity damage. But regardless of how tempting it might be, you should never apply it by yourself. At Southside Concrete Polishing, we are experts in installing epoxy floors and guarantee that you’ll love the quality of our work. And all this begins with a free quote. Reach out to us so we can get started.