One of the toughest and most durable finishes that you can apply to a floor today is an epoxy coating. Not only does it protect your floor, it can instantly transform your boring or unsightly cement into a professional looking floor that screams “look at me”!
When people think of epoxy coatings, they usually think of a garage or shop floor. With many new products and decorative finishes, epoxy is also an economical option for bathrooms, kitchens, basements, and much more. They will provide you a beautiful, durable, and long lasting finish. There are a variety of options available to suit any design needs.
So let’s examine briefly what an epoxy coating really is and some of its benefits. We’ll start by ending some confusion about epoxy, it is not paint. Paint for garage floors is a latex acrylic product. Some paints will have a small percentage of epoxy added to the mix to make it more durable than standard paint, but it is still paint.
Epoxy is an actual thermosetting resin that is applied as a coating. It is formed when you mix one part epoxide resin with one part polyamine hardener. The hardener acts as a catalyst and is what gives epoxy its strength.
Unlike paint that has to dry, epoxy cures. When the two parts are mixed, a chemical reaction is started which creates an exothermic curing process. This curing process produces polymer structures that are closely cross-linked giving epoxy its superior strength and durability. The end result is a coating that is much thicker than paint and bonds tenaciously to a properly prepared surface.