What are the Benefits of Polished Floors Versus Epoxy Floors?

Thursday, November 09, 2017

What are the Benefits of Polished Floors Versus Epoxy Floors?

For a long time, epoxy floor coatings were the industry standard. Their durability, resilience, and easy maintenance made these high-performance floor coatings an attractive option for both commercial and industrial settings alike. And then polished concrete floors came into the picture.

While epoxy is a practical choice in many settings, the beauty, energy efficiency, and functionality of polished concrete floor finishes are causing many people to ditch the traditional and jump onboard the polished concrete floor bandwagon.  

But before we get into the benefits of polished floors, let us be the first to say that we are in no way trying to defame epoxy floors. They’re amazing. It’s just that as painting contractors, we know that polished concrete is gaining popularity, and we want our customers to understand why.

Installation


Polished Concrete Floors

If your existing floor is made of concrete, our professional painters don’t install the floor; they just finish it. Before we can achieve a polished concrete finish, we first have to make sure that we seal all major cracks and repair any chips.

After this is done, rough grinding levels out the concrete and prepares it for a final smoothing. Once the concrete is level and blemish-free, we add a liquid chemical hardener that densifies the concrete to make it receptive to polishing.

The time it takes to polish a concrete floor depends on how big the area is, if the space is open, and the procedure you want used to polish your floors. However, generally speaking, a two-car garage usually takes between two to three days for the entire process to be completed. A larger area will take longer, but for a more precise estimate, fill out our online form or give us a call.

Epoxy Floor Coatings

Epoxy floor coatings are a two-part mixture of resins and hardeners. It is rolled onto the existing concrete in multiple layers to create seamless stretches of flooring that withstand grease, moisture, scuffing, and chemicals.

Similar to polishing a concrete floor, the amount of time it takes to apply an epoxy coating depends largely on how big the area is, but a standard two-car garage takes about two to three days from start to finish.

Maintenance


Polished Concrete Floors

Maintaining a polished concrete finish is quite simple. Just dust mop on a regular basis, and use a pH neutral floor cleaner every so often. Though maintenance is easy, it should not be bypassed. Failure to clean your polished concrete floors on a regular basis can cause them to accumulate dust, grit, grime, and grease, which will eventually take a toll on the floor’s appearance.

Epoxy Floor Coatings

Maintenance for epoxy flooring is similar to that of polished concrete. Dust mop regularly, and on occasion, combine hot water and clear ammonia to remove heavy soil.

Aesthetics


Polished Concrete Floors

When it comes to aesthetics, polished concrete finishes are by far the victor. We can achieve different levels of shine depending on the grit we use to grind the concrete. In some instances, polished concrete can be as shiny as marble, perfectly reflecting images.

Many people are flocking toward polished concrete floors for their beauty. This type of flooring is also great at reflecting light and creates a nice, clean, and crisp appearance wherever they are installed.

Epoxy Floor Coating

Beauty is subjective, and some people may find epoxies more attractive than polished concrete. Different color additives can be ingrained into epoxy floor coatings to make them more slip resistant and to add character.

Overall Benefits


Polished Concrete Floors

·         Easy to clean

·         Cost savings

·         Durable surface

·         Available in wide variety of colors and designs

·         Highly resistant to high foot traffic

·         Less maintenance

·         Extended service life

·         Resistant to moisture transmission issues

·         High light reflectivity

·         Sustainable and eco-friendly

Epoxy Floor Coating

·         Easy to clean

·         Durable surface

·         Chemical resistant

·         Safety features

·         Cost-effective

·         Quick installation

·         Versatile

Whether you decide on polished concrete floors or an epoxy floor coating, the professionals at Lakeside Painting can make your desires into a reality. Just reach out to us via phone or fill out our online form for a free estimate. We offer residential painting services to customers in southeast Wisconsin, but our commercial and industrial services extend throughout the Midwest.

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