The Durability of an Epoxy Coating

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In certain areas of your home or business, carpet, tile and vinyl flooring may make perfect sense. But in areas where heavy traffic, heavy loads, high impact or harsh environments rule, carpet, tile and vinyl flooring just won’t cut it. You need more resilient flooring and the durability of an epoxy coating is the best solution for you.

Industrial grade epoxy floor coatings typically come in two-parts: Part A and Part B. Part A is a resin and Part B is a catalyst or hardener. When mixed, a chemical reaction ensues. The mixture is then applied to a concrete slab, usually in multiple layers, where it cures and bonds with the concrete beneath. The end result is a seamless and extremely durable floor coating.

So where can the durability of an epoxy coating help you?

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In high traffic residential areas like driveways, walkways, patios and garages, epoxy floors are an excellent solution. They’re durable enough to withstand frequent foot and vehicular traffic, resist chemical staining from oil, grease and tires and withstand fading due to sun exposure. And epoxy coatings also make for super easy cleaning. Usually a mop and water will do it!

Moisutre-mitigating “hydro” epoxy coatings can also be used in your basement to provide a moisture barrier (although basements are not typically considered high traffic areas). However, moisture in basement concrete may be the source of Sick Building Syndrome.

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Because epoxy flooring provides excellent flexural strength (resistance to bending), abrasion resistance and stain resistance, it’s also very popular in commercial and retail spaces. Extreme traffic, heavy loads, heavy impacts and harsh environments a.

Examples include:

  • High foot traffic on office floors
  • Foot traffic and pallet jacks in grocery stores
  • Heavy loads and high impact in the form of forklifts and other vehicular traffic in warehouses, firehouses, airplane hangars and parking lots
  • Extreme loads and harsh chemical environments in automotive garages
  • Frequent foot traffic and propensity for staining in bakeries and commercial kitchens
  • Extreme temperature exposure (and the need for high safety) with wheelchair ramps and refrigeration units

Commercial grade epoxy flooring endures dents, scratches, staining and peeling in spaces exposed to these extremes.

The Wrap

Finding durable flooring for your space is important. Epoxy flooring is a simple and relatively inexpensive solution to mitigating flooring issues. This is especially true for spaces exposed to high traffic, heavy loads, high impacts, and extreme environments.

Visit us at to learn whether our floor coatings are the right choice for your 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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