The Various Types Of

Epoxy Flooring Systems

Stamped Concrete
If we take a look back in time a few decades, we will find that epoxy flooring was not a desireable flooring solution as it didn’t have many variations for different applications. This lead to an overpriced flooring solution that was only used in the commercial setting, industrial setting, and a few high-end garages. But, thanks to innovation in the field of epoxy, we have seen it blossom into one of the most used flooring systems on the market. So today, we are going to be outlining a few of the various types of epoxy flooring systems to give you an idea of what is happening in the industry so let’s get started!
100 Percent Solid Epoxies
Industrial Epoxy
One of the most durable flooring systems on the market is the 100 percent solid epoxy-based system. Unlike other types of epoxies, this system uses no fillers in its mixture, all it uses is epoxy. With the use of pure epoxy, you can expect to have a high-performance flooring system capable of handling up to 15,000 PSI when professionally installed. Not only is this high performing in normal flooring solutions, but this also outweighs the performance of concrete as it only pertains to a 3,500 PSI limitation. But, just like all good things, there are some disadvantages when working with this system. Down below, you will find the pros and cons of using 100 percent solid epoxy:
  • Offers high damage tolerance
  • Can be rapidly installed
  • Can last 25-30 years
  • May need professional assistance
  • Hard to find at local stores
  • Cost 50-100 dollars more than lesser epoxies
Water-Based Epoxies
Garage Floor Epoxy
Taking a step down from the 100 percent solid epoxy, you will find a waterbased epoxy system. These systems are not to be confused with the lowly DIY kits you can find at your local hardware store, they are still professional-grade epoxies. This is the type of epoxy recommended for light-duty commercial facilities and residential garages for their bang for the buck performance and attractive appearance. While water-based epoxies don’t offer the same level of protection as the 100 percent solid epoxy, you will find that this flooring competes with top of the line flooring systems such as polished concrete in terms of durability. If you need a durable yet attractive flooring system, a water-based epoxy can be the right move.

Metallic Epoxies
Metallic Epoxy
Metallic epoxies are one of the custom specialty epoxy systems that will require professional assistance if desired. While the costs of the flooring may be more than your standard epoxy, the results will be nothing short of extraordinary. With the use of specialized metallic pigments, contractors use brushes, solvents, and squeegees to produce jaw-dropping finishes that cannot be replicated by other flooring systems. With this technique, your flooring can replicate the appearance of clouds, burning embers, and even crashing waves. But there are pros and cons of using this flooring system which you can find down below:
  • Creates dazzling finishes with reflective properties
  • Can be paired with the 100 percent solid epoxy
  • Provides an easily maintainable luxury finish
  • Best to be done by a trained contractor
  • Incredibly hard to DIY without training
  • Costs more than a standard epoxy
Epoxy Flaked Flooring
Flake Epoxy Flooring
If you haven’t noticed, the epoxy flake flooring is by far one of the most popular and easy to obtain systems on the market. But, with its industrial-looking finish, many consider this variant of epoxy to be extremely limited to where it can be used. While this is true for some tastes, flaked epoxy has seen use in a magnitude of settings. The most popular of coarse is its use in residential garages thanks to its high level of customization that uses multi or single-colored flakes in an endless configuration of color schemes. But, there is more than meets the eye with this epoxy. The flakes in the epoxy give the seamless and smooth flooring a textured finish which in turn makes the flooring easier to walk on when wet or soiled.

Epoxy Base Coats
Epoxy Sealing
When it comes down to it, if you don’t want to have epoxy as your main flooring system, there are still ways that the flooring system can benefit whatever flooring you choose to use. For example, there is a variation of epoxy known as the vapor lock epoxy. Vapor lock epoxies are most commonly used in moist areas that require the service of waterproofing to keep the flooring above dry and usable. Another form of epoxy base coat is the anti-static epoxy base. This variation is commonly used in data houses, server rooms, and technology manufacturing plants for its nonconductive properties.

Now that you know about the most common types of epoxy flooring systems, its time to make the decision of choosing whether to DIY your system or bring in outside help. In our experience, the extra cost of using a contractor gives you extra assurance for the future as contractors offer warranties, high-quality materials and the know-how of how to properly install epoxy. But, the choice is up to you and all we can say is good luck!