Epoxy floor coating has many uses and qualities, but most people don’t know much about this compound. There is a lot that goes into choosing the right flooring choice for your needs, and of course cost is always a factor. To help you decide if epoxy flooring is right for you, we thought that we would answer some frequently asked questions.
Is epoxy floor coating toxic?
Most people would be surprised to learn that most liquid epoxy resins, in its uncured state, are classified as “an irritant” material. This means that, if it came into contact with your eyes and/or skin, you might feel some irritation. Aquatic organisms are most at risk with liquid epoxy resins as it can be considered toxic to these types of animals. However, in solid form, epoxy resins are more often classified as non-hazardous material. Therefore, this form of epoxy resin is usually thought to be the safest form for use.
The main risk identified for use of epoxy resins (until it is set) is “sensitization.” This would be more of a concern if you frequently used epoxy resins, such as someone who worked in this field. This is simply the body becoming sensitive to the chemicals in the resin over time and extended use.
Epoxy resins in their cured (finished) state are non-hazardous. This means that once we complete the flooring installation and tell you it is safe to drive on, it is also safe for your family, pets, or employees.
Is there a specific color that I would have to use if I chose to go with epoxy flooring?
The quick and short answer is no. You would be surprised at all of the variations that are available to you. We have several epoxy color charts available for you to review, ranging from simple primary colors to granite chip and more. You are in the driver’s seat with this one.
Why should I choose epoxy floor coating over other types of flooring?
There are several benefits to choosing epoxy flooring over other types of flooring! One of the obvious benefits of choosing this type of flooring is the incredible durability and resistance found with epoxy. There is also the added bonus that it is easier to clean and maintain this surface and enjoy the seamless beauty found with epoxy flooring. The consumer is able to improve safety as well since epoxy flooring is an impact, slip, and fire resistant surface.
How do the epoxy floor coating systems work?
For residential customers, you have several options available to you. There is the common 2 layer solid color light sprinkle that is a low cost option usually seen in garages. There is also the more durable 3 layer light sprinkle option to choose from. For those who would like the extra protection on their flooring, there is a 4 layer full chip system that adds additional protective layers and durability. Lastly, for the premium flooring, we offer 2 different types of granite to meet your needs: Full Chip System and Chrome System. Both are beautiful and provide an elegance and style that are unmatched by most other flooring systems. “The Granite Full Chip system is a 5 layer composite sandwich comprised of 2 layers of resin based epoxy prime coats, we broadcast the chips to full saturation, and then there are 2 top layers that seal in the chips.” Although the composition of the Granite Full Chip and the Granite Chrome is almost the same, the added detail of the chrome brings out more brilliance and color that you have to see to believe. One of our newest flooring options that has been getting rave reviews is our pearl essence flooring also referred to as a metallic coating. Lastly, there are the polyaspartic and poly urea top coats.
For those commercial projects, we have you covered as well. Not only are all of the residential flooring choices open to you, but you have added options as well. You can choose a Quartz Broadcast System, the 1/4 inch Power Trowel System, Urethane Mortar System, or ESD Epoxy Flooring System.
As you can see, the possibilities are endless!
What type of cost is associated with choosing epoxy flooring?
The cost for epoxy floor coating is much more reasonable than you may expect. As stated before, you are in the driver’s seat, which means you control some of the cost associated with the flooring. The size of the area to be treated and the epoxy coating you decide, all play a role in the total cost.
Brilliant Epoxy Floors Inc. has over 20 years of experience and has installed millions of square feet of epoxy flooring for both residential and commercial applications. Give us a call today at: 480-203-2444 and let us help you get the professional service you deserve on your next commercial or residential flooring project.