The Lifespan of Epoxy Floors
Epoxy floors are long-lasting, hallenging, and rigid materials made by combining resins and hardeners, mostly in liquid form. This hardwearing material is a result of a chemical reaction between at least two agents. For this reason, epoxy floors are mixed on-site immediately before application. A testament to the versatility of epoxy floorings is its utilization in various places. These resin pavements are used in a wide range of locations, from residential areas to industrial spaces. An epoxy floor is chemical resistant, low maintenance, easy to clean, durable, and lasts long.
Focus on the last trait of the above paragraph, long-lasting. Most epoxy floors are poured on; therefore, they are seamless. Seamless pavements are ones that do not have any seams, gaps, or joints. This means that there are no areas for water, oil, and any other liquids to seep through, which is a primary reason for the degradation of alternative types of floors, such as hardwood floorings. Epoxy resin floors also do not crack, unlike concrete floors. Hence, even though concrete floors might be installed seamlessly too, its properties leave it susceptible to eventual cracking over time. This is also the reason why most people prefer to finish or topcoat their floorings with epoxy. It serves a seal as it adheres well to any surface it is applied to. Resin floors provide surface protection and structural support.
Epoxy floors typically last 10-20 years and can last longer if properly applied, well taken care of, and excellently maintained. Its area of utilization also determines its lifespan. Being that floors are, arguably, the most abused part of any building, it is best to use a floor with a long lifespan.
Speaking on its durability, this type of floor can withstand up to 10,000lbs per square inch (PSI). To compare, most floors, such as concrete, can only bear up to 5,000lbs PSI. Materials can be added to the epoxy resin base as fillers and thickeners to increase its durability, depending on where the epoxy floor will be installed.
2. Chemical Resistance
Epoxy is naturally resistant to chemicals. Hence, it protects against faster wear-and-tear by preventing the seepage of damaging substances that shorten a floor’s lifespan, and worse, structural integrity.
A significant factor in how long epoxy flooring will last is where the floor will be placed. Foot and vehicle traffic in that area is vital that professional installers consider when determining the type of mix. Residential epoxy flooring systems could last up to 30 years, while those located in more commercial and industrial spaces ten to last about 10-20 years.