There is little difference between epoxy flooring and epoxy floor coatings. As with any epoxy paint, they both provide a durable, tough, grime resistant floor. The difference between the two is the number of layers of epoxy paint and the thickness after drying. Other than that they share the same characteristics of epoxy paint. Either way, they produce beautiful, long-lasting floors.
Epoxy flooring has a thickness of at least 2 millimeters. It has several layers of epoxy paint applied onto the floor surface. This extra thickness is good for high traffic areas, for example, an airplane hangar. Heavy airplanes with their rubber wheels tread on these floors constantly. Epoxy flooring will not wear. As with any epoxy paint, epoxy flooring is resistant to chemicals. So cleaning is not a problem. Epoxy flooring is also non-slip, decreasing the chance of injury.
There are several types of epoxy floors. Self-dispersing epoxy floors are used in areas with heavy vehicle traffic. Self-dispersing epoxy floors with quartz sand are used where there might be liquids on the floor because of its non-slip qualities. Self-leveling epoxy floors are used in residential rooms, for example, a kitchen. Mortar epoxy floors are the strongest of all epoxy floors and are used in heavy traffic areas. This floor can also be used to repair cracks before applying other floors.
Graveled epoxy floors are the most complicated. They are used for decorative details on floors, for example, logos, brand marks, walkways, or arrows. Epoxy terrazzo floors are common in halls and entrances of public buildings and schools. Epoxy antistatic floors are used where a static-free environment is needed, in places like labs, hospitals, and computer manufacturing. Anywhere static sensitive electronic parts are in use.
Epoxy Floor Coating
Epoxy floor coating has a thickness of fewer than 2 millimeters. It usually only has a few layers of epoxy paint applied onto the floor surface. It is more common that epoxy flooring. If you want to install with epoxy yourself, floor coating is the way to go. It consists of doing the surface prep, priming your floor, applying the epoxy floor coat, and sealing with a sealant. It can be just as durable as an epoxy flooring. The epoxy resins can be adjusted according to the need for hardness. The coating also provides a non-slip surface. It is resistant to chemicals and wears, and it can adhere to just about any flooring surface you have in your home. It comes in an array of different colors to choose from. You can also buy and epoxy paint chip kit and apply an epoxy floor coating that creates a speckled or flake-like appearance. You can also use epoxy floor coating for decorative designs on your floor.
As you can see, the only real difference between epoxy flooring and epoxy floor coating is the thickness and amount of layers. Either way, you go, you are choosing a great flooring system that will last years.