Industrial floors for factories and warehouses and commercial kitchens must be low maintenance, durable, and a long lifespan. Polished concrete ticks all three of these boxes, but an epoxy floor provides additional benefits which makes it an even better candidate.
Epoxy floors can easily still achieve the polished concrete look, and epoxy coatings are much more resistant to stains and chemicals, as well as being non-slip and very safe to use in a factory, warehouse, or commercial kitchen.
What are epoxy floors?
Epoxy consists of two chemicals which, when combined, react to form a hard plastic shell of resin that can be applied to concrete floors for protective coating.
Epoxy is lightweight and anti-corrosive and is often used in aircraft, electronic devices, construction, and to seal and protect concrete surfaces.
The seven main advantages of epoxy floors
Epoxy floors are a practical choice for any business in Melbourne that needs a floor with great safety, durability, longevity, and chemical resistance.
Epoxy floors are hard wearing
Epoxy is an extremely durable material that can hold up to heavy foot-traffic and extreme weight, making it an excellent choice for commercial kitchens, supermarkets and factories and warehouses, where heavy machinery and vehicles are used. Epoxy floors are so tough, they’re the flooring of choice in fire departments and aircraft hangars.
Epoxy can easily withstand powerful impacts from heavy objects or tools dropped from a height, and is extremely difficult to chip, or even scratch.
Epoxy’s durability gives it a long life-span, and the cost of epoxy is less than resurfacing, making it the economical choice in the long run.
Epoxy floors are skid resistant and non-slippery
Epoxy floors are non-slippery, even when wet, making them a fantastic choice for worker safety. Epoxy floors are also skid-resistant, so vehicles can safely drive in your warehouse or factory.
Epoxy floors resist heavy chemicals
Epoxy resists chemicals and stains, making it a good fit for everything from commercial kitchens to laboratories and warehouses. Concrete is porous, so the epoxy floor coating protects it from corrosion from harsh chemicals.
Bacteria struggles to grow on Epoxy floors
Epoxy floors are also resistant to the growth of mould, bacteria and germs. The chemical resistance, coupled with the hermetic seal, makes it very difficult for any microbial critters to survive. This makes it ideal for anywhere that needs a sterile environment, like clinics, laboratories, hospitals, and kitchens.
Epoxy floors are low maintenance and easy to clean
Epoxy floors actually repel dirt and stains, so they’re incredibly easy to clean. Any small spills can just be wiped up, and for heavier clean, epoxy floors require dry and wet mopping with water and detergent to remove built-up dirt, dust and debris. Heavy traffic areas may need a heavy-duty cleaning every few months.
Epoxy also repels most dust, making it hypoallergenic.
Epoxy floors are infinitely customisable
If you want a polished concrete look, a clear epoxy coating looks very similar to high-gloss polished concrete.
But Epoxy floors can be customised with a range of patterns and colours. Epoxy provides you with a massive variety of options for designing your floors to match your branding, or your business’s aesthetic.
You can also use coloured epoxy to create markings and signs on factory floors to increase safety for your workers.
Epoxy floors provide excellent value for money
Epoxy floors are more expensive than sealed floors simply because epoxy is more expensive than a standard sealant.
However, epoxy is much more durable and hard-wearing than other available resins and sealants, and due to this, epoxy floors don’t need to be replaced, and the upkeep is minimal compared to other floors, making epoxy concrete floors the more economical choice in the end.
When you take into account the cost of resurfacing other finishes, epoxy floors are the stand out choice for getting the most out of your dollar.
How to apply an epoxy coating to your commercial flooring
The key to a good epoxy finish is all in the preparation. If you rush this process, there’s a good chance you won’t get the perfect finish.
It’s vital to understand the different material properties of both concrete and epoxy to avoid costly mistakes or have an expert on hand to guide the process. Epoxy is dependent on the temperature and moisture level in the air, if too warm, the epoxy could bubble and start to peel. It’s important to know what you’re doing in the mixing stage, and apply the coating quickly before it begins to harden.
Epoxy won’t adhere to polished or sealed concrete, and you must patch any chips or cracks in the surface. It’s also important to ensure the floor is clean before application. Any dust, debris, or grease could ruin the epoxy coating. If you want a high-quality epoxy floor, you might want to consider a primer and finishing coat.
Because of the complexity, we’d recommend working with an epoxy floor specialist who can accurately assess your project and determine what work needs to be done for that perfect epoxy finish.
How to easily get a durable and easy to clean epoxy floor for your warehouse or factory floor
If you want a safe, durable and practical flooring material for your commercial kitchen, factory, warehouse or other industrial space, we would recommend epoxy flooring. Epoxy is hard-wearing, long-lasting, easy to clean, slip-resistant, resistant to chemicals, mould and stains, and can come in practically any look you desire.
If you want to get the perfect epoxy floor with none of the hassles, talk to one of our friendly staff today!