When choosing which type of industrial concrete flooring to install in your commercial building, there are various things you must factor into the decision making process. From cost and durability to environmental factors and aesthetics, choosing between epoxy and polished concrete can potentially be one of the most important decisions you make for your company.
The Difference Between Epoxy and Polished Concrete
When comparing epoxy and polished concrete flooring, there are a few things to keep in mind that will help lead you in the right direction, such as:
- Chemical resistance
If you’re looking for flooring with longevity, polished concrete is the flooring for you. It will typically last around ten years as opposed to epoxy, which usually lasts around three years before you start to notice chips or flakes.
Polished concrete is also less expensive than epoxy which is always important to keep in mind.
If, however, you have a floor that will see a variety of spills from strong acids and chemicals, epoxy is the winner as such materials can etch the surface of a polished concrete floor.
Though they contrast in various ways, epoxy and polished concrete flooring are by far the best solutions for industrial floors. Let’s take a closer look at these two types of flooring to better determine which approach best fits your company’s needs.
What is Polished Concrete?
A polished concrete floor provides you with a low cost and environmentally friendly solution to your flooring needs. In fact, polished concrete uses sealers and protectants that are fused to the top layer of the concrete during the polishing process to seal it. This process makes it waterproof, dust-proof, and overall easier to clean that epoxy.
The surface of polished concrete also has 100% light reflectivity which will brighten up your building, and you won’t have to worry about seeing imperfections.
Another great thing about polished concrete is the fact that it can be colored or stamped to your liking without changing the ease of cleaning or maintaining the flooring, which makes it a great option for hospitals, retail facilities, businesses, and restaurants.
The only downside to having a polished concrete floor, however, is that it does not have a greater compressive strength than most epoxy flooring and if you hope to maintain the shine of polished concrete, you will likely have to hire a professional.
While polished concrete is a more than viable option for a number of commercial settings, it does have its limitations, and that is where epoxy might be a better choice.
Epoxy is a type of coating that goes on top of the concrete flooring. It adds strength to the concrete and protects it from chemicals, oil spills, moisture, and breakage while presenting a shiny sanitary in the process. Because of its ability to protect the concrete from damage, epoxy is also the surface of choice for most labs, kitchens, workshops, and warehouse facilities.
Epoxy flooring improves the concrete floor’s weight-bearing capacity, as well as its impact and abrasion resistance, while also providing static control protection to help withstand even the most extreme conditions typically found in biotech, food and beverage, chemical, and many other manufacturing operations. However, like polished concrete, epoxy also comes with its own disadvantages. In high traffic areas, epoxy tends to chip and develop scratches over time which doesn’t make it a great choice for high traffic areas as it can eventually fade and wear off.
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