The Difference Between Epoxy Floor Paint and Coating
Understanding the Difference Between Epoxy Floor Paint and Epoxy Coating
in Houston, TX
If you’re looking to spice up your bland floors, epoxy flooring is the way to go. Epoxy is known for its durability and can add flair to concrete floors, industrial areas, and other spaces.
If you’ve decided to go with epoxy for your flooring, you’ve probably come across the terms epoxy floor paint and epoxy coating. Though these two terms are often used interchangeably, they’re two very different things. Understanding the difference between the two is vital when deciding which is the right product for your flooring.
Epoxy Floor Paint
Epoxy floor paint is made of latex acrylic and may contain a small amount of epoxy mixed into the formulation. If the paint has epoxy, it will adhere stronger to the floor’s surface and protect it from peeling and cracking.
Formulations without epoxy are far less durable, especially if it is used in a high traffic area.
The latex acrylic in epoxy floor paint allows it to be available in a variety of colors. Unlike epoxy floor coating, epoxy paint dries like regular paint. It is also more susceptible to staining.
Epoxy coatings are a combination of two main components: a polyamine hardener and an epoxy resin. These components are available separately and must first be mixed before the coating can be applied.
Unlike epoxy floor paint, epoxy coatings cure instead of drying. This hard curing process seals the flooring so that it is no longer porous. The coating resin gives the completed flooring a shine, and the hard coating protects your floors from stains, scratches, and spills. However, the application of the epoxy coating is far more complicated than that of epoxy floor paint.
Choosing your flooring’s right epoxy product depends on your unique needs and the amount of traffic that your flooring sees. However, regardless of the product, epoxy flooring ensures that your floors are not only more durable than bare floors, but they’re also more attractive.