If you have never heard of epoxy flooring before, the easiest definition of epoxy flooring as it relates to the average homeowner is this: a hard surface made of a synthetic material (polyurethane or polystyrene) which is then sanded, drilled, and then painted in order to create a protective layer over your wooden floor. In other words, epoxy flooring can be described as a very durable and long lasting floor coating. It’s a cheap way to go if you are looking for a floor coating that will last for years. However, epoxy flooring as a floor covering is not for just any room! If you have kids or pets, epoxy flooring may not be the right choice for your home.
Although epoxy flooring can be used on any type of concrete surface, you may want to steer clear of this option if you have young children or pets. Epoxy floors are not very stain resistant, although there are many coatings that can help to increase the level of stain resistance. Most epoxy floors are not stain resistant on their own, but if they come into contact with something that is, there is a good chance that the stain will be absorbed into the concrete floor itself.
If you are going with epoxy flooring on your concrete floors, you really need to pick a compatible coating to go along with it. In the old days, you would only have two choices: either low-resistance polyurethane or high-resistance quartz sand, both of which would be quite decorative for garages or other low-traffic areas. Nowadays though, there are a whole host of low-resistance and anti-slip products that are not only more decorative but more suited to the job at hand. These epoxy flooring options can make short work of garage floor installation because of their ability to resist slippage.