Epoxy flooring is known for their sleek appearance, durable quality and great overall protection. But there are a few limitations of epoxy flooring that are worth considering before you decide to add it to your home.
It can take several days for epoxy installation to cure completely. The general rule of thumb is that the floor should be left to dry in warm conditions and the duration will be a long one. The curing process is slow but does yield a very strong, durable result. However, a faster epoxy curing method can be used with the best curing products but this can be a con, especially when installing epoxy in a home that you already live in. Some installations can take as long as 30 days to dry and cure completely. This can cause inconveniences to any homeowner who is already living in the home during the installation process.
Epoxy flooring is not actually a floor on its own. You will need to install concrete, wood or even steel before adding epoxy to the top of it. This coat is really just a temporary flooring solution. As the coat wears away, you will constantly need to install new coats. Unlike other flooring, high traffic and heavy impact can wear out epoxy floors. This can be a huge con when cost is involved that is not planned for.
One serious disadvantage of epoxy floors is that they can be very slippery when they are wet. The resinous material is non-porous so it creates an extra smooth surface that is slippery when wet on the surface. Without underfloor heating, an epoxy floor feels somewhat cold, similar to tiled floors. Since the floors are very hard, there is constant contact noise when someone is walking on it. For that reason, flexible polyurethane floors are usually used in office spaces and homes. If there is unevenness or cracks in the substrate, ripples can become visible in the floor. This happens when the epoxy floor can no longer bridge existing cracks and the floor adheres to the substrate. It is important to apply epoxy floors only on smooth surfaces, if it’s not smooth, then it needs to be repaired first. There are lightweight fillers or paste based epoxy resin that can remedy the unevenness in concrete surfaces.