Solid epoxy is pure, 100% epoxy, which makes flooring installed using it significantly more expensive than water-based epoxy floor installations. They offer numerous advantages that water-based epoxy floors do not:
- They last longer
- They withstand heavy traffic better
- The design can more easily be changed later
Overall, solid epoxy floors are more difficult and costly to install primarily because of the bonding agent necessary for the installation. They are also not recommended for installation in high moisture/extreme temperature areas.
Water-Based DIY Epoxy Systems
Water-based epoxy applications are thin, easy-applied epoxy sealants that are primarily intended for the DIY. They seldom, if ever, are professionally applied. These act as protection against stains and scratches and regular applications are necessary to maintain effective protection. Water-based epoxy is not as expensive or durable as solid epoxy materials. They are a good outdoor product that is effective in humid climates. Water-based epoxy materials are not recommended for high-traffic retail area applications as they do not possess a high degree of durability or longevity.
Self-Leveling Epoxy Floors
Concrete overlays are applied when the base surface is too pocked, shows pervious repairs, or has too many imperfections to successfully be retrofitted. They are self-leveling, low-maintenance, easy-care decorative epoxy terrazzo, epoxy metallic coating applications, or self-dispersing epoxies that fill the voids and smooth the surface. Color, cuts, finishes, and panel designs may be added or incorporated. Here is some more info on self-leveling epoxy floors on our website.
Epoxy Terrazzo Concrete Overlay
Seamless epoxy terrazzo concrete overlay is a durable, long-life, low maintenance solid epoxy resin matrix that may be pigmented to achieve multiple design colors. It is a no-shrink material making single monolith pours cost-effective, efficient, and long-lasting. Aggregates such as glass, granite, or marble chips, and other synthetic pieces may be added. It is the “BEST THIN-SET AVAILABLE” with a very quick 12-hour pour-to-grind time. INSTALL – CURE OVERNIGHT – POLISH THE NEXT DAY!
This type of epoxy concrete flooring is solid, crack-resistant, and nearly indestructible making it ideal for high impact, high traffic in retail as well as in commercial and industrial facilities.
The major drawback is that the non-porous thickness of the epoxy that restricts fungi and bacteria growths also does not allow the system to breathe. Trapped moisture vapor from the concrete slab can the epoxy’s innate adhesion. We install a premium vapor barrier to protect the top coat from moisture damage. Although epoxy systems are typically UV-stable, this system should also NOT be exposed to outdoor UV rays.
Metallic and Flaked Epoxy Concrete Coatings
New guilded metallic, chips, and flake epoxy concrete floor coatings lend popular shimmering modern, upscale effects to retail, office, and restaurant floors. These additions provide polished silver, copper, bronze, and nickel finishes. Actual metallic powders and pigments are incorporated into the resin to create the reflective, shiny finish.
Self-Dispersing Epoxy with Quartz is strong and durable and includes anti-slip material.
Aggregate Epoxy Floors
Aggregate epoxy concrete flooring is the most decorative of epoxy concrete floors. The textured epoxy flooring includes surface anti-slip and grip, which makes it suitable for areas prone to dampness, such as retail kitchen or restroom/shower areas, outdoor decks, or poolside.