Polished Concrete vs. Epoxy. Know Your Options
The floors of your industrial facility might be the furthest thing from your mind as you assess the condition of your workspace. And yet, the condition and appearance of your industrial flooring play key roles in your business’ safety, efficiency, and reputation. If your floors are falling apart, the rest of your operation won’t be far behind. Dust, debris, pressure, temperature fluctuations, and impact pose constant threats to your concrete flooring. Fortunately, investing in the right flooring system can help protect your floors from these threats, increase durability, and facilitate maintenance.
Epoxy Coatings and Resurfacers remains the most common option for floor protection, but concrete polishing has grown in popularity as well. At Kaloutas, our flooring experts are equipped to provide both kinds of flooring solutions for all types of industries, and we’re happy to help you make the right choice for your facility. Until then, it helps to know a thing or two about your options. So, here’s a primer on polished concrete vs. epoxy.
The Difference Between Polished Concrete and Epoxy
The Pros Polished Concrete Floors
The primary process of concrete polishing is grinding. Like sanding a piece of wood, the polishing process involves gradually grinding down layers of concrete with finer and finer grinding bits until the concrete is smooth, even, and strong. We use state-of-the-art diamond grinders to deliver the most efficient and glossy finish. We then treat the concrete with a silicate-based concrete densifier to extend the polished floor’s natural sheen without the need for an additional coating. Best of all, this process can be completed in a relatively short time frame, and the floor is usable immediately after the process is complete — this means minimal interference and virtually zero downtime so you can get back to business. We work how you work and we understand the importance of keeping operations going.
Ultimately, a well-polished concrete floor offers a bright, visible, dust-free finish, high durability, protection from moisture, staining, impact, etc., increased traction, and is easy to keep clean.
Exploring Epoxy Floor Systems
Whereas concrete polishing is primarily a process of reduction (i.e. grinding down the floor), epoxy coatings are an additive process, providing extra layers of protection on top of an existing floor. Epoxy coatings for concrete floors are designed to absorb impact, keep moisture out, protect against chemicals, minimize the effects of thermal shock, and increase traction. From a purely aesthetic angle, these epoxy coatings also offer plenty of visual variety, coming in a range of colors, textures, broadcast types, finishes, and style options to suit any business’ branding and safety marking needs. Like polished concrete floors, epoxy floors are typically easy to clean and maintain. These epoxy coatings can also be applied to multiple surfaces, including concrete, metal, previously-coated floors, and more. Concrete resurfacing can be a more labor-intensive process than polishing, however some floors are deteriorated too far to be able to polish so resurfacing is the preferred option.
Is One Option Better Than the Other?
This brief rundown reveals that both polishing and concrete floor coatings deliver increased protection, beauty, durability, and safety, just in different ways. The right decision for your facility will depend on specifics like your budget, needs, preferences, and so on. For instance, facilities that deal with lots of chemicals are typically better off with floor coatings, since polished concrete doesn’t offer the same level of protection against corrosive materials. On the other hand, floor coatings might not cure properly in cold storage facilities, so polishing is the better option here.
As mentioned earlier, we at Kaloutas are committed to helping each of our clients choose the best floor protection option for their needs — we work how you work. To learn more about us and all that we do, contact us online or give us a call at 978−532−1414 today.