Basement Waterproofing: Waterproof Paint vs Epoxy

epoxy basement floor
  • 2-20 hours
  • Intermediate
  • 100-800

Epoxy and waterproof paint are two products that you may find useful if you own a home with a basement. Because basements are below ground level, they are prone to not only dampness, but also water run-off, which can damage the concrete walls. You may also find yourself facing problems with mold, mildew and an unpleasant odor.

Epoxy and waterproof paint are as similar as they are different. It depends on your needs as to which should be used in your basement. The following article will explain the differences between waterproof paint and epoxy.

1. Consistency

Epoxy is a type of adhesive that dries hard, shiny, and smooth, much like plastic. The consistency of epoxy resembles honey; applying it to a surface other than a floor can be difficult. Several coats of epoxy are often applied in order for it to be effective. Waterproof paint has the consistency of any other kind of paint you would purchase at a paint store, making it easy to apply to any surface.

2. Indoor and Outdoor Use

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Epoxy and waterproof paint are both fairly effective in the basement where dampness and mild instances of water occur. For major issues, first remove the water from outside the home. Take proper steps to keep water away from the foundation which includes applying a waterproofing material.

Waterproof paint was created almost specifically for this application. A contractor will excavate the foundation 1-foot away from the home.The waterproof paint is applied, then it is covered by a membrane and a tar-like substance. A weeping tile is then placed at the base, which will siphon excess water.

3. Other Protective Qualities

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Epoxy is a plastic-like adhesive. It is applied in several layers to reach a specific thickness. It will protect the concrete not only from internal water issues, but also water under the concrete. Epoxy offers no other real protection against water.

Waterproof paint has many purposes. It not only acts as a sealant against water entering the basement, but also provides added protection. Waterproof paint will prevent mold and mildew from forming, plus it deters insects.

4. Application Methods

Epoxy is thicker and is generally applied with a paintbrush. It is too heavy for most paint rollers and will clog paint sprayers. You cannot thin the epoxy to make it easier to apply. Waterproof paint can be applied using a paintbrush, paint roller, or even a paint sprayer.