Epoxy Flooring

You might first think of epoxy flooring for its use in garage flooring.  It’s true many garage enthusiasts prefer the high compressive strength of epoxy flooring to endure the wear and tear of tools, tires, and grime from automotive work both as hobbyists and professionals.  But epoxy flooring is an industrial coating and can cover a gamut of uses, from traditional “industrial” applications such as warehouses, to commercial manufacturing, hospital, and restaurant applications.  Pristine Concrete offers professional epoxy flooring installation for these uses (home, commercial, and industrial applications) because we know that epoxy flooring may be the most popular under tires, but it has many other uses, especially in industrial settings.

Concrete slab alone has a high enough tensile strength to suit most garage applications, but to maintain a professional appearance, a concrete coating or polishing is often the solution.  In environments where heavy objects might be dropped, oils might be dropped, and acidic compounds might stain, our clients choose epoxy flooring.

epoxy flooring for retail motorcycle store

This photograph shows a retail motorcycle store. The gray coating is a metallic gray epoxy.  Epoxy flooring is great for retail applications.

 

 

Epoxy flooring is a multi-step application process.  Depending on your slab, a primer may be required for the best adhesion.  The epoxy itself is a two-step compound mixture.  As concrete artisans, we can use various colorants to still give you a beautiful appearance.  Be sure to talk to us about what you really want during your consultation.  You might think of epoxy flooring as that black/white/grey fleck stuff from the DIY shelves at your local hardware store, but the options available from a professional epoxy flooring applications are much, much more dramatic.  The most popular looks like polished marble.  We also do a lot of epoxy floors to look like stone tile.  There are even epoxy floors designed to look like actual pools and it works – because the last step in your epoxy flooring is the topcoat, which is a high gloss finish to harden and protect it.

epoxy grain

This optical center is using the same type of coating many are familiar with used in garage flooring – epoxy flooring! The difference here is the granular size of the “flake” used. This surface is very strong, used in commercial restaurants, hospitals, and other high tension or high traffic areas.

We offer many colors of epoxy flooring.  Take a look at all of our concrete flooring colors here or look at some sample below:

Industrial Epoxy Color Chart Monterey Santa Barbara

Epoxy Dust COLOR CHART Paso Robles Monterey Santa Barbara

 

 Epoxy Flooring Is Great for Wine Industry Flooring!

And don’t think epoxy flooring is only for indoor projects!  Epoxy flooring has a high UV (ultra violet) tolerance to prevent yellowing.  Pristine Concrete is located in Paso Robles, California, thick in wine country.  We have provided concrete coatings for many industrial and commercial winery applications.  Epoxy flooring may be an option for your barrel room, wine tasting patio, tasting room floor, or other winery flooring need.

epoxy coating with high gloss

As with other trends in design and remolding, industrial coatings such as epoxy flooring have traversed into many corners of residential and “non-industrial” applications.  In this photo, a traditional high glossy epoxy coating with the natural coloration was used that makes an epoxy coating very attractive!

Still not sure about epoxy flooring?  Here are a few answers to some frequently asked questions about epoxy flooring that may help you.  If you still have questions, we welcome them!  Call us at 805-37-9221 or use our Contact Form with your questions.  We’re ready to help!

epoxy flooring

This photo is a solid epoxy color and is the original use for epoxies. Let our professional team install your epoxy flooring!

Epoxy Flooring FAQ

  1. Is epoxy flooring bad for the environment?   We love this question, which is why we put it first.  Despite being a concrete company, we choose to be green as much as possible.  (Read our blog about grounding sometime, or find out more about our green efforts here.)  Epoxy coatings prevent the waste of flooring going to the dump, and it seals and preserves the concrete, preventing the concrete from prematurely going to the dump, too.  Also, there are low-VOC and no-VOC epoxy coatings available if you have a concern about the chemicals in the air.  VOC (volatile organic compounds) are some of the most harmful chemicals found in epoxies and paints, so if you want to have children or pets around your new flooring or if you have asthma or other respiratory concerns, or are just concerned about VOC, talk to us about low-VOC and no-VOC epoxy flooring options.
  2. Will the epoxy flooring look cheap? Or should we say, not if we do it!  The final step for an epoxy coating is the topcoat, which is typically a high gloss finish.  The amount of light reflected off of it makes it look more like a museum than a garage!
  3. Can I clean the epoxy floor easily?   The epoxy coating seals the porous concrete.  Simple mopping will maintain your floor.  Most people find a dust mop is the quickest solution for daily care because the surface is now so smooth.  We do suggest avoiding citrus-based or vinegar/acid-based cleansers as over time they will dull the gloss.  Any acid-based product dropped simply needs to be cleaned quickly to maintain that high-gloss shine.   Epoxy flooring is considered a low maintenance product.  Should you find that the wear and tear has broken down the shine over time (heavy industrial applications could potentially lead to this), we do offer maintenance, just call us.
  4. How long does the application process take?  Epoxy flooring is a time saver, despite the multiple coats.  Application time varies with the size of your project and the pattern you desire (for example, a tiled appearance will take longer than a single color).
  5. Can’t I just install epoxy flooring myself?  Epoxies require a higher degree of installation knowledge and its repair or removal due to poor installation or budget considerations can be a very costly fix. Moisture, vapors, ground composition, even regional environmental characteristics affect how epoxies react to their new “home.”  Epoxy treatment has a good number of caveats because epoxy coatings are designed to be “protective coatings” and were designed to “block” anything traveling from beneath the surface or substrate and anything penetrating coming from the top of the substrate downward.  Moisture blocking from below the surface is the most common problem we see in installations. These problems come from homeowners and property owners who think that the big box epoxies are just fine or perhaps from a non-industrial coating professional’s lack of understanding.  Give us a call first for an estimate!

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