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Indoor Epoxy: Low-Odor & Low-VOC

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 Indoor Epoxy Installations

You’ve heard of epoxy, polyurethane, polyurea-polyaspartic coatings being installed outdoors on driveways, patios and walkways. But did you know that new “cutting-edge” coating products can create flooring so aesthetically stunning and durable that they’re popular indoors as well? Because of this, basements, living rooms and kitchen floors are being completely transformed! Indoor epoxy is the new kid on the block. Carpet, tile and vinyl flooring are unhealthy and just “old-school”.

Controlling the Odor

However, the biggest problem with indoor epoxy coating installations is odor. Floor coating products can emit odors that range from mildly off-putting to downright offensive. Some polyurethane products can clear a house of its occupants and linger for days! Most importantly, the odor is a manifestation of the volatile organic compounds (VOCs) the product is emitting. Because VOCs accumulate, they lead to poor indoor air quality and health issues.

Go Green

Customers expect “green” low-odor and low-VOC floor coating products for indoor installations. But the news is good. Firstly, new coating technologies are now creating high quality, low-odor industrial products. Secondly, there are contractors out there that specialize in floor coatings that will offer a selection of these products. Albeit, make sure you ask your contractor to see the product’s safety data sheet before starting installation (especially if indoors). A VOC less than 50 grams per liter is acceptable. However, anything higher is not “low-VOC”!

At, we offer a great selection of low-odor, low-VOC products including our Low Odor Poly Hybrid (or LOPH).  No heavy metals, no phthalates, no formaldehyde.  Because our flooring is virtually inert, it produces little to no “out-gassing”. Conversely, out-gassing occurs for months after the installation of carpet and vinyl tile.

Low Odor and Low-VOC Epoxy Coatings: The Wrap

Are you considering a new epoxy floor coating in your basement, kitchen or living room? If the answer is yes, get a professional installer who uses green, low-odor, low-VOC products. You’ll get an aesthetically stunning and durable floor for years to come. And you’ll have the added benefit of a cleaner and healthier living space.

About the Author
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Robert Hanson is the President and founder of (GFC), an ISO 9001-certified company that has specialized in the installation of epoxy, polyurethane and polyurea-polyaspartic flooring for over 25 years. Robert’s evolving knowledge and experience pertaining to concrete coatings and installation techniques culminated in GFC’s impressive line of commercial-grade Eco-Corflex floor coating products, flake epoxy flooring blends and unique coating systems. His proprietary floor coating products and flake blends are sold to over 35 franchisees & authorized dealers across the United States.

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