The advantages of epoxy flooring can be heavily summarised in three Rs: resistance, robust, and resilience. Resistance as epoxy flooring is not easily stained but easily maintained, a dust mop, broom, or simple neutral household cleaning solution will do the job. Robust as epoxy can be used as finishing for any kinds of ground work floors, from wood, metal, to concrete, not only strengthening the original surface, but also adds onto their anti-slipperiness. Resilience because epoxy flooring can last for a long time, constantly upholds its glossiness, giving away the idea that it is brand new, even after 20 years.
Zooming into details, epoxy flooring is also flexible by permeating different colours, designs, and accompanying decorations, permeates personalisation, adding practicality to beauty. Moreover, epoxy flooring also helps in the sealing up of minor imperfections such as cracks found in the original ground work. Epoxy water-proofed the surface it had been laid on, making it less susceptible to the aftermath of undesirable weather like rain, ice, or salts accumulated from the side of the road during winter.
The economic viability of epoxy is also a reason to its popularity. Since epoxy is synthetic and can be readily made, therefore, the cost of epoxy was kept low. Moreover, as epoxy is applied directly onto the concrete, installation fee is relatively lower as compared to other forms of flooring.
As good as it seems, epoxy flooring is not invincible. The most prevalent disadvantage one needs to acknowledge is that epoxy is long-lasting, only if constant replacement is available. The glossy effect and sturdiness are something one cannot take for granted. Day to day wear and tear as a result from foot step or tire fiction will wear epoxy out. Hence, new layers of epoxy need to be applied frequently to maintain that outlook.
Another disadvantage does not relate to epoxy directly, but the applying process itself. Before epoxy flooring, the concrete or the surface in which epoxy is to be applied on, needs to be inspected, cleaned, and free of substance like oil, water, or other kind of solvent which makes application impossible.
Moreover, the application process cannot be completed within a short period of time. Epoxy flooring usually needs at least three layers and the next layer cannot be applied if the previous layer is not fully dried. The drying process may take days and pungent smell may be released during this period of time. Unwanted moisture may be captured if the particular layer is not dried fully and epoxy is sensitive in the sense that, if incorrect method is employed during application, it may not last as long as it is expected to be. Such tedious pre-application and application processes, thus, may sometimes, put off potential users.
Beauty lies in the eyes of beholder, be it good or bad, pros and cons, epoxy flooring still garnered certain level of popularity. As long as there is a need to satisfy, epoxy flooring will still be well received.