Epoxy Flooring Frequently Asked Questions – FAQs

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How does epoxy flooring handle spills?

Whether you are having your flooring installed in a kitchen or having it put in a more industrial area, spills are inevitable. Whatever floor you are thinking about, you likely have thought about how it can handle the occasional spill. Epoxy is the perfect flooring for spills because it is non-porous and therefore does not absorb them. This means you do not have to deal with staining, mold, mildew, or other issues that arise due to spills.

What epoxy design options are available?

With epoxy, design options are almost limitless. You can create a floor that is a single color or one that looks just like marble or granite. You can do a 3D floor that looks like the floor is falling in, or use vinyl flakes for a simple finish. Whatever design you think can fit best in your home or business, epoxy can do it.

Can you do more than one coat with epoxy?

More than one coat can be applied if you want a thicker application, but there are some additional steps if more than one coat is needed or wanted.

Can epoxy handle having heavy equipment driven on it?

Epoxy is a great flooring choice for industrial buildings, airplane hangers, and garages because it can handle having heavy equipment driven over it. This is actually one reason you would want to have more than one coat of epoxy. Multiple layers increase the epoxy’s ability to withstand heavier weights.

Can IBEX take care of all your epoxy flooring questions? Yes!

We have highly skilled epoxy installers on hand ready to answer any questions you have and to help you get an amazing floor! Give us a call today at 321-244-8033 to have professionals come and answer your questions, and get your epoxy floor in Orlando/Central Florida installed soon!

Why should I choose epoxy flooring over other flooring options?

Epoxy flooring offers several benefits over alternative floor systems. It has a low lifecycle cost thanks to its longevity and durability. It’s easy to maintain and, unlike many commercial systems, never needs to be polished or waxed. It doesn’t even require special care instructions aside from mopping and sweeping. It’s one of the few floor systems strong enough to withstand even the most demanding factory and commercial settings without deteriorating. Thanks to its attractive design options, it can be used in public commercial settings as well as in your home.

An epoxy garage floor coating in Orlando/Kissimmee is a great investment in your home that can even boost your home’s value. Garage epoxy is also practical because it stops concrete dusting and delivers a bright, nonporous, and low-care floor that can last decades. Our garage epoxy coatings resist all types of damage, including hot tire, pick up, gas and oil spills, road salt, impact, moisture, and abrasion. You can choose from many design options to transform your garage into a clean, attractive space to work on your car and hobbies or just store your belongings.

How long can an epoxy flooring system last?

The longevity of epoxy flooring depends on the quality of the epoxy product, how well the concrete is prepared to ensure a strong bond, where the epoxy is installed, and how well it’s maintained. Professionally installed epoxy floor coatings can last up to 8 years in harsh industrial environments with adequate protective measures and care. In low-demand commercial settings, epoxy flooring can last longer. Garage and basement epoxy has even been known to last up to 20-25 years as long as a new clear topcoat is added every 5 to 7 years or so.

The longevity of epoxy flooring depends on three important factors: the quality of the epoxy product, how well the concrete is prepared before installation, and the setting. Professionally installed epoxy floor coatings in Orlando can last 20-25 years in a residential or low-demand setting, including a garage, with a new topcoat applied occasionally. In a commercial or industrial setting, epoxy flooring can last anywhere from 8 to 15 years without delaminating, staining, or breaking down.

What are the benefits to epoxy flooring?

No matter where it’s installed, epoxy floor coatings have a lot to offer. Garage epoxy has a lot to offer and it makes a very practical choice for your garage. This durable floor system is applied as a liquid and bonds with your concrete floor. Once cured, it stops concrete dusting for good and protects your garage concrete from stains and damage. Our high-grade epoxy products are formulated to withstand all types of hazards like hot tire pick up, gasoline, oil, impact, moisture, and more. With a garage epoxy floor system, you can enjoy a brighter garage that’s easy to keep clean thanks to a seamless and reflective floor. Garage epoxy is a great investment in your home that can even boost its resale value.

Here are the biggest reasons facility managers and homeowners invest in epoxy flooring.

  • Withstands heavy-duty wear and tear including heat, extreme cold, road salt, gas and oil spills chemicals, abrasion, impact, and vehicle traffic
  • It isolates spills on the surface for fast and safe cleanup
  • Slip-resistant surface when wet but skid-resistant additives can also be added
  • A seamless and nonporous surface protects your concrete from damage
  • Stops moisture from seeping up through a concrete floor in a basement
  • Can last 10-20 years when installed by professionals on prepped concrete
  • Very little maintenance required
  • Easy to clean with sweeping and mopping. Even pressure washing is possible in industrial settings with cove protection
  • Increases the brightness of the floor to make any space look larger and brighter
  • USDA approved seamless surface can be used in commercial kitchens, public restrooms, and more
  • May increase the value of your home with a high return on investment
  • Easy to customize the look of epoxy with endless colors and design effects
Where can epoxy flooring be installed and used?

Epoxy flooring has many uses in residential, commercial, and industrial settings. In Orlando/Kissimmee homes, it’s frequently used in the garage and basement but it can also be used to cover concrete floors anywhere on the main living floor. A wide range of commercial and industrial settings can also benefit from an epoxy floor coating.

One of the benefits of professional epoxy concrete coatings? Versatility. This nonporous, robust floor system can be installed in almost any residential or industrial setting and withstand even harsh environments. The properties of epoxy flooring in Orlando make it well-suited and a popular application for epoxy flooring:

  • Wet rooms like public restrooms, shower floors, and locker rooms
  • Breweries and distilleries
  • Gyms, locker rooms, and public restrooms
  • Medical facilities such as nursing homes, assisted-living facilities, hospitals, physician offices, and veterinarian practices
  • Auto body shops
  • Commercial kitchens, restaurants, and food processing plants
  • Factories and warehouses
  • Residential garages and basements
  • Grocery stores and retail
  • Foodservice facilities, including commercial kitchens
  • Processing plants, factories, and warehouses
  • Medical facilities such as physician offices, veterinarian offices, and hospitals
  • Public safety buildings and correctional institutions
  • Breweries and distilleries
  • Retail locations, Hotel lobbies, bars, and clubs
  • Office buildings
  • Auto shops and showrooms
  • Educational facilities
Should I have epoxy flooring installed in my basement?

An epoxy concrete coating is actually one of the most practical flooring solutions available for your basement. It won’t suffer from mildew, mold, or warping due to moisture problems, unlike carpet, laminate, and hardwood. Epoxy is commonly used to seal concrete and waterproof a basement floor to stop moisture from coming up through your basement floor. It’s also a cost-effective way to transform an unfinished basement into a usable living space.

One of the most unique benefits of epoxy flooring in Central Florida is it dramatically increases floor brightness while stopping concrete dusting. Your basement will look brighter, larger, and cleaner instantly. You can customize the appearance of basement epoxy to get any look you’re going for in your basement from solid colors and neutral epoxy flake flooring to sophisticated metallic epoxy that adds movement and depth to the floor. Epoxy flooring even offers a long-term solution to basement flooring with a seamless and durable surface that can last up to 20 years.

What different types of epoxy floors are there?

Epoxy flooring comes in many varieties, both in terms of the formula and its appearance. Here’s a brief overview of the types of epoxy floor systems used today and terms you may hear.

  • Self-leveling epoxy. The most common type of epoxy is self-leveling epoxy flooring which is easy to level to create a smooth surface in office buildings, garages, and other settings.
  • 100% solids epoxy. The most durable form of epoxy is 100% solids which can last up to 20 years even in the face of heavy abuse. DIY garage kits, by comparison, maybe only 30-40% solids and only last a couple of years at the most. 100% solid epoxy floor coatings cure into a solid and durable surface with a layer up to 2mm thick.
  • Water-based epoxy. Water-based epoxy coatings are useful in some applications but they work more as sealers and primers because they spread thinly and do not offer the durability of 100% solids epoxy.
  • Epoxy mortar flooring. This is the most durable type of epoxy available. It’s made up of 100% solid epoxy with ground quartz. Mortar epoxy is best used in industrial settings where extreme chemical resistance and impact resistance is needed
  • Quartz epoxy. This type of epoxy combines epoxy polymer resins and colored quartz for a decorative floor system that’s also sanitary and durable.
  • Anti-static epoxy. Also known as electrostatic charge (ESD) epoxy, this type of epoxy is made with a conductive compound that holds static electricity that dissipates any discharge. It’s used in areas containing flammable materials and sensitive electronics.
  • Epoxy flake flooring. This type of epoxy concrete coating uses colorful epoxy flakes to add a multi-colored and textured effect to your epoxy floor. These flakes offer a skid-resistant surface and come in a huge array of colors and textures.
  • Metallic epoxy flooring. This form of epoxy flooring creates a one-of-a-kind visual effect thanks to metallic pigments in the epoxy that are agitated in various ways before the epoxy cures. The end result is a floor with the illusion of depth and movement that may resemble lava, flowing water, lightning, smoke, or marble.
Is epoxy good for garages?

Garage floor epoxy is an excellent application for epoxy flooring. It’s a surprisingly affordable way to stop concrete dusting and give your garage floor an attractive, low-care floor system that can resist stains and damage from gas and oil spills, dropped tools, hot tires, moisture, and other perils. With garage epoxy, you can finally use your garage for anything you’re imagining such as a personal workshop, clean storage space, or even a fitness center. Our Garage floor epoxy in Orlando also offers an excellent return on investment and may help boost your home’s value!

How long does it take to install an epoxy flooring system?

The amount of time necessary to professionally install an epoxy floor system depends on the size of the floor area and the condition of the concrete. Prepping the concrete typically takes more time than the epoxy installation itself. Professional garage floor epoxy in Central Florida/Orlando usually takes just 1-2 days. For large areas and custom epoxy designs, it may take several days to install the floor system. In commercial and industrial settings, we can use a fast-cure epoxy formulation to reduce downtime.

Is epoxy flooring affordable?

An epoxy concrete coating in Orlando/Kissimmee is actually very affordable, especially in terms of garage epoxy flooring. Even commercial epoxy in large facilities can be much more affordable than alternative floor systems. In addition to an affordable upfront cost, epoxy flooring requires no expensive maintenance and it can last up to 10 years or much longer to deliver a low lifecycle cost.

Does epoxy flooring work well in a commercial setting?

Absolutely. In fact, epoxy floors were developed for use in commercial environments that are subjected to heavy wear and tear. Commercial epoxy flooring can withstand forklift traffic, constant foot traffic, chemical spills and moisture, cartwheels, heavy loads, and more without showing its age or deteriorating. It’s attractive enough for areas open to the public yet strong enough for areas in which forklifts and heavy machinery are used.

Epoxy flooring was designed for all types of commercial applications with unique commercial epoxy flooring formulations to fit the needs of your facility. Commercial epoxy is one of the most durable, long-lasting, and cost-effective commercial flooring systems with a low lifecycle cost. It can also be installed with minimal downtime at your facility. Professional epoxy can withstand even extreme conditions and the wear and tear of a commercial property such as:

  • Forklifts
  • Heavy machinery
  • Chemical spills
  • Moisture
  • Frequent foot and vehicle traffic
  • Cartwheels

Epoxy floor coatings were originally designed for commercial environments. Epoxy is a clear choice for almost any industry because it both protects the concrete floor while creating a hard-working surface that can hold up against almost anything. Epoxy coatings are USDA approved and can be used anywhere sanitation is a concern, including food processing plants, kitchens, and hospitals. Its nonporous and seamless surface resists liquids and isolates spills on the surface for easy decontamination and cleanup. It can also hold up against forklift traffic, shopping cartwheels, chemical spills, abrasion, and more. Specialty formulations are available for intense industrial settings and areas that require waterproof flooring or static dissipation.

We offer a range of commercial epoxy formulations including epoxy quartz, epoxy mortar, and static dissipative epoxy to meet your facility’s unique needs.

What do I need to do in preparation for your arrival?

There isn’t much you need to do to get ready for our Orlando epoxy flooring contractors. Because prepping your concrete floor for the epoxy takes longer than the epoxy installation itself, it’s important that the entire floor be cleared of any furniture or clutter. There should be absolutely nothing on the floors that will need to be moved once we arrive. We also recommend a good sweeping of your concrete before your scheduled epoxy installation.

Are epoxy coatings appropriate for residential settings?

Absolutely! While designed for commercial and industrial applications, epoxy floor coatings are growing in popularity for residential use, especially due to a growing number of decorative options. Epoxy flooring is a practical and low-cost solution for a garage, basement, or even a main-floor living area. With its reflective surface, epoxy coatings make a dark basement or garage seem larger with better visibility. The nonporous and seamless surface stops water from seeping up from a concrete slab in a moisture-prone basement. It’s durable enough to withstand all types of hazards, including pet accidents, dragged furniture, dropped objects, and gas and oil spills. With a huge range of decorative options, it’s even beautiful enough for living areas.

Epoxy isn’t just for commercial properties. In the garage, epoxy resists gas and oil spills, hot tires, dropped tools, water, and other hazards with ease. It brightens the garage, stops concrete dusting, and provides a bright, clean surface for working on hobbies or just storing belongings. It can also be installed on other interior concrete floorings in your home for a decorative and long-lasting floor system.

How long does it take to install a garage epoxy floor?

As a general rule, our epoxy flooring contractors only need one to two days to install garage floor epoxy. This includes preparing the concrete with repairs and diamond grinding and the actual epoxy installation. Once the epoxy floor is installed, you will need to give it time to cure before walking or driving on the surface. We recommend waiting 1 to 2 days before allowing light foot traffic and 5 days to cure before driving on your new garage floor epoxy. We do offer a one-day epoxy floor garage install package!

Is an epoxy concrete floor slippery?

While an epoxy floor coating looks very slippery thanks to its seamless, high-gloss surface, it has similar skid resistance as a basketball court when clean and dry. We can add skid-resistant additives to your epoxy flooring for even greater slip resistance and safety in areas prone to moisture.

It’s a common misconception that epoxy concrete coatings are slippery. This is easy to understand because epoxy has a seamless and glossy surface. Generally, epoxy is very safe to walk on when it’s clean and dry with a similar grip to a basketball court. If you are concerned about skid resistance, especially if the floor will get wet such as in a commercial setting or garage, we recommend a slip-resistant additive, epoxy quartz flooring, or epoxy flake flooring which all offer a textured surface.

Why type of maintenance does epoxy flooring require?

Epoxy flooring requires minimal maintenance to keep it looking and performing its best. The floor should be swept regularly to remove grit that can become embedded in the floor over time. As needed, mop the surface with a cleaning product that is not acidic as this can de-gloss the surface. Avoid soap-based cleaners because they can leave a slippery soap buildup on the surface. CLR or TSP can be used to treat any stains or rust spots on the epoxy. Protect the floor from damage by using plywood to cushion heavy loads and welding mats if necessary.

Why is epoxy flooring better than traditional concrete flooring?

Traditional concrete isn’t as durable as it looks because it’s naturally very porous and prone to cracks, spalling, and other issues. An epoxy floor coating protects your concrete floor from stains and damage while increasing its tensile and compressive strength. Epoxy is seamless and nonporous to make cleaning your floors a breeze. It’s also highly decorative with endless ways to get the floor you are envisioning.

How long before you can drive on epoxy?

Epoxy is pressure-sensitive during the first 48 hours of application. Once the epoxy is fully dry, you may walk on it in 24 hours, place objects back on it in 2 to 3 days and drive on it in 7 to 10 days. Industrial resin-based epoxy normally takes two weeks to fully cure.

What are the disadvantages of epoxy flooring?

Cons of Epoxy Flooring

  • Strong Application Fumes. During the epoxy application process, wet epoxy gives off an unpleasant smell. 
  • Long Curing Time
  • Slippery When Wet
  • Economical Flooring Choice
Does temperature affect epoxy curing?

The warmer the temperature of curing epoxy, the faster it cures. Heat speeds up epoxy chemistry or the chemical reaction of epoxy components.

Are epoxy floors worth it?

Epoxy flooring protects the underlying concrete from moisture, stains, grease, and cracks. In the long run, this can save you a great deal on cleaning and maintenance costs by eliminating the need to clean carpet or grout. It’s also very reasonably priced for the duration and level of protection that it offers.