If you decide on a flooring option for your home floors, you will likely be faced with several material choices.
These range from wood to carpet.
However, two of the most common options today are epoxy coatings and polyurethane flooring.
If you’ve narrowed your list of options to these two choices, you may find it difficult to decide.
If that sounds like the dilemma that you are facing, you should first understand the pros of each option available to you.
Epoxy floor coatings tend to be tougher and more durable than polyurethane flooring.
This is because, in comparison, epoxies are harder and have a higher compression strength.
They are also highly resistant to the action of corrosives such as sulphuric acid.
This durability means that it is often the flooring of choice in industrial settings like factories, warehouses, hospitals, garages, and other spaces that see a lot of heavy vehicular traffic.
Epoxy is also less sensitive to moisture.
The impact of moisture on epoxy is usually limited to aesthetic impacts, such as blushing or discoloring.
This makes it a good choice in humid conditions, as you don’t have to worry as much about the effect of weather conditions on your flooring.
Keep in mind that epoxies take longer to cure than polyurethanes.
However, they are easier to work with.
As mentioned, moisture has less impact on epoxy, and epoxy coatings also have a longer pot life than polyurethane flooring.
If starting with a damaged concrete surface, epoxy is a better option.
This is because it is better at filling in existing imperfections, such as pits and hairline cracks that may exist on the concrete surface.
While it is hard to determine which is more cost-effective due to the range of color and design options both epoxy and polyurethane offer, epoxy generally requires a lower investment cost.
Polyurethane flooring tends to be highly elastic and flexible.
This gives it a bouncier feel when you are walking across the surface.
It also makes it much more resistant to scratching and other similar damage.
These floors are also able to absorb more impact due to their elasticity.
The elasticity also acts as a bridging layer and waterproofer, making it a useful option in spaces like industrial garages.
Another benefit of this flooring is that it performs better in extreme temperatures, particularly cold ones.
If your room is going to be very cold (or if you’re looking for a flooring option for a walk-in freezer), this is a good option.
Its ability to withstand cold temperatures and resist the action of food contaminants such as lactic acid better than epoxy makes it an ideal choice for spaces such as commercial kitchens and dairies.
One major advantage of polyurethane flooring is its shorter curing time than epoxy.
If you want to upgrade your flooring quickly, this is your option.
However, remember that it is more susceptible to the effect of moisture.
This makes it more complicated to lay down, resulting in higher labor costs.
It also tends to require a higher upfront investment than epoxy, though, at the same time, it has a longer lifespan.
Choosing between epoxy coatings and polyurethane flooring is ultimately dependent on what your requirements for your floors are.
We’d love to answer any questions that you might have!