Should I install epoxy flooring or polished concrete?

Posted on June 21, 2021 by Brent Phillips

Are you considering installing a new floor in your home, storage space, or garage? Perhaps you’re building a new home or looking to remodel. You may be considering polished concrete flooring or epoxy resin flooring. If that’s the case, this blog should help you decide what works best for you.

What is polished concrete flooring?

Polished concrete flooring is just what it sounds like. Once the poured concrete is cure completely, specialized grinding machines are brought in to smooth the surface until it shines. It’s strong, simple, and time-proven.

You can up the aesthetic appeal of polished concrete with concrete staining. Stained concrete can be done with hundreds of colors and can even include multi-colored designs. There are two basic types of stain: water-based and acid-based. Acid is a little tougher and longer-lasting, while water-based is better for use in enclosed spaces such as basements.

What is epoxy flooring?

Epoxy flooring is created when an epoxy resin compound is mixed and used to cover a concrete subfloor. This brings up an important point to note: the concrete is the bass for all of these types of flooring. So, whether or not you want a concrete surface or an epoxy surface, it will require installation of or use of preexisting concrete.

So, what are the reasons someone might want to choose an epoxy floor over a polished concrete floor? Well, for starters, epoxy resin is actually more resistant to chipping than concrete. Epoxy is incredibly, incredibly strong as well. Additionally, it is completely spill-proof. Whenever a spill is cleaned up, it won’t leave behind a stain because it never penetrated the surface. That is not the case with a polished concrete floor.

Which is better, epoxy flooring or concrete flooring?

The short answer is that neither epoxy nor concrete is inherently superior to the other. It all depends on what it is you want out of your flooring surface. If you want a beautiful imitation marble design, epoxy flooring is going to be your best option. If, however, you want a strong, simple, and very inexpensive floor, a polished concrete floor is great. Add stain to it, and you can also have many styling options. 

We’re here for you. If you have any questions about the comparative strengths of polished concrete flooring versus epoxy resin flooring, give us a call. You can ask us questions about your particular project and get a quote from our expert installers.

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