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Epoxy floors and walls

Q. What is the main benefit of epoxy floors and walls?
A. Epoxy coated surfaces are easy to clean because they are so smooth and unlike carpeting and vinyl tile, they will resist tears and stains. Unlike tile grout, they can be made non slippery and there will be no grout lines that can stain and require cleaning.

Q. Are all epoxies the same?
A. No, there is a vast difference in epoxy systems. There are water based epoxies and epoxy paints which tend to flake off and peel within a couple of years. We use the industry’s best, a 100% solids epoxy which will last for many years and if properly installed and maintained can last 25-30 years.

Q. Are there any benefits to 100% epoxy solids flooring vs. stained or polished floors?
A. Yes. Stained or polished floors are not receiving an epoxy coating. Those systems involve dressing up the existing concrete with grinding and staining. The imperfections of the concrete remain evident such as cracks, control joints, patched areas, etc.

Q. Because epoxies are low maintenance, aren’t they slippery to walk on?
A. No. Epoxies are rarely installed without some form of skid control such as color quartz, color flakes or clear anti skid additive.

Q. Aren’t epoxy systems used mainly for commercial kitchens, industrial and automotive businesses?
A. That used to be the case. In recent years, highly decorative epoxies have been created. Everything from a Granite look, marble look and one-of-a-kind artistic designs are now possible.

Q. How expensive are epoxy floors?
A.As the demand has increased, epoxy floors have become very reasonable in recent years. Most epoxy floors cost less than tile, hardwood and sheet vinyl. Some application even cost nearly the same as carpeting and vinyl tile.

Q. Are there various colors to choose from and will those colors change once installed?
A. There are many epoxy colors as well as custom colors can be made. In addition, colors can be mixed to create unique effects. Unlike concrete stains, epoxy colors are true and do not vary based on the surface they are installed on.

Stained and polished concrete Floors

Q. What are the benefits to stained and/or polished concrete floors?
A. Stained and/or polished concrete floors are attractive, cost effective and easy to maintain.

Q. Are there any disadvantages to these floor systems?
A. Yes. Since the concrete is exposed in both floor types, cracks, patches and joints will continue to be visible. Also, the overall quality of the floor will greatly depend on the concrete surface.

Q. Are colors true?
A. No. There is never a guarantee of final color since they vary greatly with the concrete.

Concrete re–surfacing systems

Q. Why resurface concrete rather than replacing?
A. Replacement costs traditionally about 40% more and damages landscape areas, grass and other nearby surfaces. In addition, there is no curb appeal from having white concrete. Resurfacing provides for a stronger concrete system and with a decorative look thus enhancing curb appeal.

Q. What is a concrete resurfacing system?
A. It is a color integrated, modified acrylic mixed with Portland cement and polymer that is activated with a modified resin. The entire concept is for this strong thin layer of modified acrylic cement to bond to the existing concrete and produce a new decorative concrete floor.

Q. How long have these products been in use?
A. Resurfacing products have been produced since the late 1970’s.

Q. How does this product bond with the existing concrete?
A. The concrete is etched to clean it and open pores. This allows for the maximum absorption of the modified polymer cement into the existing concrete. When the polymer dries, it becomes part of the existing concrete.

Q. How thin is this applied?
A. The thinner we apply the mixture the better for adhesion.

Q. What happens to cracks and areas that are not even?
A. Cracks are repaired with a two part epoxy and special seam tape and than covered with our mixture. Sections that are not level are brought up to grade using our leveling mixture (can be applied as thick as 4 inches) and a slope transition is created.

Q. Will the concrete system wear off?
A. The system should last 20-25 years if it is maintained properly and under normal traffic conditions. The top coat (sealer) should be applied every 7-10 years to protect the system from surface related moisture.

Q. What colors are available?
A. Numerous colors are available and many colors can be combined to create unique and custom colors.