Polished Concrete vs. Epoxy Coating – which one do you use?

When it comes to commercial flooring there are two popular types of flooring, Polished Concrete and Epoxy Coating, but which one is the best for your business? Well let’s have compare them for you so you can make the best decision for your business.

  1. Life Cycle: How long the floor can last without maintenance and the longevity of the floor
    • Polished Concrete:. A properly refined polished floor can last up to 10 years but be aware that there are several levels of industrial polished concrete floor which can lessen the lifetime of the floor. You want to make sure that you have a professional you trust like EcoPro install your flooring. The cost of refurbishing will only be a fraction of the initial install.
    • Epoxy Coating: The installation cost of epoxy flooring is twice the cost of polished concrete floor and the lifetime of epoxy depends on the traffic and the volume it has to withstand. Typically, it can last between 3 to 5 years. During refurbishment, depending on the state of the floors the first coasting may need to be removed which can make it more expensive than the initial installation.
  2. Aesthetics:
    • Polished Concrete: This can look presentable, clean and attractive to the eye if maintained properly.
    • Epoxy Coating: Epoxy coating does require regular maintenance and while it can look great when regularly maintained, it can become an eyesore once it begins to flake, peel, or chip.
  3. Durability: Can it hold-up under heavy machinery movement?
    • Polished Concrete: This flooring system can endure a lot of heavy machinery movement.
    • Epoxy Coating: This system is less durable than polished concrete flooring.
  4. Easy to maintain: How easy it is to maintain/clean the floor.
    • Polished Concrete: You can clean this floor using water but to maintain its shine for a long time add some additives like polished-floor cleaner or mild detergent. Only use neutral-pH cleaners for mopping, no bleaching or it will ruin the polish.
    • Epoxy Coating: Can also be maintained with water, but, additional additives such as detergents are must to remove dust and debris build-up. Maintenance can become very difficult once epoxy starts to flake or peel
  5. Acid or Chemical Resistance:
    • Polished Concrete: Polished concrete is not resistant to chemicals and heavy chemicals and acids will corrode the surface. They may also make the floor look dull and then difficult to maintain. .
    • Epoxy Coating: Does not react to chemicals, making it a preferred choice if you are working with chemicals and acids daily.

Depending on the requirements of your business, the above comparison makes it clear that both the options have various features and benefits to offer. Just make sure that when you are looking at a new or updated floor and you want your job done right the first time with guaranteed results that will blow you away then why not get a quick obligation-free quote right now?

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